You aren’t alone: Hundreds of cyclists have ridden their bicycles hundreds of miles on a Venture tour, and 100% of them signed up without knowing if they’d really be able to do it.
“How do I train? Where will I sleep? Won’t my butt hurt so much?” They’ve all had the same questions you do.
But each of these cyclists overcame their fears. And with some encouragement, resources and training, they all successfully rode their bike from start to finish and raised thousands of dollars while doing it.
HERE ARE THE TOP 8 REASONS TO RIDE YOUR BIKE FROM AUSTIN TO OKC ON THE MENTORING PROJECT'S 2018 BICYCLE TOUR
1. Austin to OKC
Austin, TX has consistently been ranked one of the United States' top 10 bike friendly cities. Next June, you will begin your 500 mile journey in this unique environment before making your way up through the Lone Star state and into Oklahoma City where The Mentoring Project hosts many of it's programs. You will finish this epic adventure at one of OKC's premiere hangout spots, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. There you will have an opportunity to interact with TMProject staff, mentors, mentees and other supporters to punctuate your transformational experience. Your efforts will help us continue to recruit, train and match mentors with children who need them.
2. Grow in Your Relationship With God
Life is fast, crazy, busy, and overwhelming. On a bike tour of this magnitude, you will have long hours to simply ride, pray, and hear from God. Whether in small group discipleship discussions at the end of the day, or in the quiet moments of reading and reflection, you will have more time to get refreshed, refocused, and excited about your growing spiritual life than you do in everyday life.
3. Raise Thousands of Dollars for At-Risk Youth
Before and during your bike ride, you will raise thousands of dollars to support The Mentoring Project's programs and operations.
In the United States, there are 25 million youth growing up fatherless. This is a personal tragedy and a collective epidemic. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to drop out of school, join gangs, become teenage parents and try drugs. The fatherless story is not ending well. The Mentoring Project exists to rewrite the fatherless story through mentoring, and we believe YOU can make a difference. Mentors win by showing up.
4. Have a Great Adventure and Become a Great Storyteller
“All of the sudden, a herd of wild llamas started chasing our bikes….” This isn’t the craziest thing that’s ever happened on a bike tour, and you’re guaranteed to have dozens of fantastic stories to share with your friends and family when you return.
5. Become a Cycling Expert
While riding your bike, you will need to adjust derailleurs, clean cassettes, and perfectly align your quick release levers. Don’t know what any of that means? That’s okay! You will become a basic bike mechanic by the time you reach your destination, and you will be ready to handle any minor bike repairs on your own.
6. Overcome an Incredible Challenge for a Cause Bigger Than Yourself
A bicycle tour isn’t just a vacation: You will spend long, grueling days riding your bike up hills, around extreme terrain, and through quickly changing weather. You will learn the value of physical sacrifice for a cause bigger than yourself. As you celebrate with your teammates at the end of the ride, you will cherish the incredible accomplishment you all made together.
7. Get Fit on a Bike While Eating Whatever you Want
Ever heard of Oreo-o-clock? You have now, and you will celebrate it nearly every day on your bicycle tour. You will eat Oreos – and whatever other food you want to – anytime you want. Sure, you will also eat delicious, wholesome, and healthy food while no tour, but when else in your life will there be an opportunity to eat twelve Oreo cookies per day and still get in the best shape of your life? (Hint: Never. The answer is never.)
8. Make New Friends While Bicycling for a Cause
The ingredients of this kind of shared adventure always yield deep connection. The tour doesn’t end when you reach your destination. You will join a group of friends that will become extended family well after your tour experience is complete.