To help enable new riders ages 18-26 to join, we are now offering free bikes and scholarships.

Requirements

We are glad you are here because that means you are interested in riding with us! On this page you will find all the in’s and out’s of what we ask of our riders in order to make the Bike Adventure successful and impactful. 

As always, feel free to reach out to a trip leader with any questions you have using the Express Interest button below!

All participants pay the registration fee. This helps cover things like food, lodging, the support vehicle, your Fuller Center jersey, and a t-shirt. We strive to keep the registration fee accessible to all of our riders.

The registration fees do not completely cover the cost of the ride, so each year we must take a portion of our donations to cover the gap. On our registration form this year, you will also find an option to voluntarily cover the anticipated cost of participation, which averages out to an extra $151 per rider.

To ensure that our ride impacts those in need, we set minimum fundraising requirements for our riders. Together we can reach families around the world with an opportunity for a hand up out of substandard housing.

Riders joining for segments must raise at least the amount listed below multiplied by the number of segments for which they are joining. (Example: $700/segment x 2 segments = $1,400 fundraising minimum)

First time young-adult riders are also encouraged to apply for a scholarship! Learn more here.

However, we hope you don’t want you to stop there – we encourage you to set your fundraising goal even higher. Setting even larger goals – like $10k, $25k, or even $50k – will help you and your supporters think big. See what different levels accomplish.

Don’t let the fundraising aspect of the ride intimidate you – we have great tools and advice to help you reach your goal, and can help you send out letters, customize your personal fundraising page and much more! Time and time again we hear riders tell us that they can raise more than they thought they could. Check out the  Fundraising Guide listed among our tools for riders.

Our rides are community based adventures that ask each member of the team to uphold their role. All riders sign the Conduct Covenant during orientation and are expected to be positive members of our community. Simple Living constitutes an attitude and approach to living in community together rather than a set of rules. Click the thumbnails below to preview or print these documents.

Volunteer Conduct Covenant

                     Simple Living

Because of the inherent hazards of cycling and our communal lifestyle, we have the following age policy:

Riders under 14 may participate for a one-day ride if accompanied by their parent/guardian. However, we urge participants choosing to do this to use special caution and to be prepared to offer their own support vehicle as needed. Remember that we usually use public roads with various levels of vehicle traffic. As for anyone, experience riding a distance similar to the one they are undertaking is a plus.

Riders 14-17 may participate for any length of the journey so long as they have a designated chaperone on the trip. Consider riding with a parent, guardian, teacher, etc. 
 
Riders 18+ are encouraged to join us as they are able!

img_28982015Our average distance is about 72 miles with some days shorter and our longest being around 102 miles. We do not need to ride as a giant pack all day every day; riders are free to ride alone (but not alone at the back) or to break up into groups as they choose.

Speed Requirements

  • 12 mph – moving average
  • 10 mph – including stops

In order to keep the group relatively together, and advancing at a reasonable pace, riders joining for a segment or more should be able to maintain a moving average of at least 12 mph and be able to go 20-25 miles without long rests. After accounting for breaks at rest stops, riders should be comfortable with an elapsed time based average of 10 mph, meaning a 60 mile ride should take no more than 6 hours from start to finish. This pace allows for at least 20 minutes of rest for every 20 miles that you ride with the moving average of 12 mph.

Our speed requirements are not intended to be exclusive, but are meant to set transparent expectations in order to best accommodate the needs of the entire team. Maintaining the 10 mph elapsed time average pace affords the support crew the ability to meet the needs of the team as a whole during and after the ride, with rest stops, shuttles to showers, and timely arrival to dinner. Trip leadership may ask riders to start from the first rest stop, or skip a 20 mile segment between rest stops in order to keep the support crew moving at the minimum pace. 

Note for riders gifted with speed: very fast riders may find that you reach the designated rest stop location ahead of our support vehicles, which await the final riders at the previous rest stop before departing. Fast riders should be prepared to wait at rest stop locations or self support towards the end of long ride days.  However, since this is not a race, but a team on a mission to change the world, we hope our ride is an opportunity to bond together as a team for a common purpose!

Training

All riders are responsible for getting themselves physically prepared for the ride. While the Bike Adventure is a great place to learn from more experienced riders, we hope that all participants bring a baseline of prior experience to the ride. We recommend completing each of the following on the bike that you will bring to the ride:

  • Whole Way riders should aim to complete 500+ miles of cycling ahead of their adventure
  • Segment riders should complete 150+ miles of cycling
  • Everyone should complete a ride of 50+ miles
  • Everyone should have ridden in the rain at least once (if you plan to ride rain or shine with us)

For a more comprehensive planning tool, click our Training Guide preview below to open it in a new window.

Training plan preview

The Fuller Center Bike Adventure requires all riders to carry medical insurance for the duration of their participation. On our registration forms, there are fields for inputting the required information. If you do not currently have medical insurance, we ask that you acquire a short-term policy to cover your participation with us. 

The safety of our riders is extremely important to us. Though safety can never be guaranteed (see What’s My Risk discussion), we have instituted many practices to help our riders do all they can to keep themselves safe. Injuries or illness on our ride effect not only the riders, but our entire community. 

Cycling Safety Requirements:

  • Arrive sufficiently prepared with a bicycle adequate for the task
  • Wear a helmet at all times when riding, fit and worn properly
  • Utilize a forward-facing headlight and a rear-facing, bright taillight (at least 30+ lumens).
  • Have a cycling mirror, either on the helmet or on the bicycle
  • Carry sufficient water, using water bottles and/or a water backpack
  • Wear our orange cycling jerseys when riding, or if wearing a jacket, a bright top layer
  • Follow our complete Safety Pledge (click to view below) and safety advice offered during the ride to the best of your ability

Safety Pledge

Covid Safety Requirements

Due to our stays in churches where we live in close proximity with each other and at times with our hosts, we strongly encourage all riders to receive the full regimen of an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine. All riders will be tested for Covid before joining and any unvaccinated riders will have additional testing requirements at their own expense. This is a changing situation, and so the requirements are subject to change. Read more about our Covid protocols.

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