Bicycle Adventure reveals routes for summer of 2017

Bicycle Adventure reveals routes for summer of 2017

The 2016 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure set a goal of raising $250,000 this year for The Fuller Center’s work of building and repairing homes in partnership with families needing simple, decent places to live.

Donors to riders on the 3,500-mile summer ride from Seattle to D.C. and the 400-mile weeklong spring ride down The Natchez Trace Parkway smashed that goal, contributing a record $296,000 (so far) toward the riders’ efforts. That total was boosted by record participation by cyclists, requiring the summer Adventure to split into two packs starting their summer rides one week apart.

In 2017, there will again be two summer rides, but they won’t be following the same paths. Allow our route leaders Connor Ciment and Henry Downes to tell you more in the video below. Then, please visit FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org for more information.

 

Retired Iowa farmer Bob Hibma, 78, talks about ‘biking for a purpose’

Retired Iowa farmer Bob Hibma, 78, talks about ‘biking for a purpose’

For two weeks this summer, Bob Hibma pedaled his bicycle from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Peoria, Illinois during two weeklong segments of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. Bob sat down with the Northwest Iowa Review to talk about how he first got involved with the charity ride and what the experience is like. The article also mentions Northwest Iowa’s Salem Reformed Church and the work they did with The Fuller Center during a service week in Pearl River, Louisiana.

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Congratulations, cyclists! Our 3,500-mile summer Bicycle Adventure is in the books

Congratulations, cyclists! Our 3,500-mile summer Bicycle Adventure is in the books

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure wrapped up its record-setting 2016 Summer Ride in Washington, D.C., today, having raised more than $285,000 — and counting — for The Fuller Center’s work across the United States and around the world.

Funds are still being tallied, but the ride far exceeded its goal of $250,000 early in the 3,500-mile ride from Seattle to D.C. — an achievement accomplished the first few weeks of the ride. The ride also set new records for participation. In fact, the ride had to be divided into an Orange Ride that departed Seattle on June 11 and a Blue Ride that left a week later. The two rides merged on Friday and rode into D.C. together on Saturday.

Fuller Center President David Snell congratulated the riders Saturday on their safe and successful journey.

“The 2016 Summer Bicycle Adventure is now a part of our history — and what a ride it was, rides, actually,” Snell said. “Two groups of intrepid souls crossed the country, raising money and awareness and helping with some Fuller Center projects along the way. There’s no way to adequately thank them for their sacrifices — hopefully the memory of doing something truly remarkable, truly kind will be enough. Congratulations to all — to those who made the entire trip and to those who joined for a day or a week or two. You are true partners and friends to this ministry.”

Stay tuned to FullerCenter.org next week for more details about the ride’s success and future plans.

VIDEO: Bicycle Adventure’s Connor Ciment — crossing into Maryland, closing in on D.C.

VIDEO: Bicycle Adventure’s Connor Ciment — crossing into Maryland, closing in on D.C.

BA-donate-buttonThe record-shattering 2016 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure — raising funds for and spreading awareness of our affordable housing ministry — will complete its 3,500-mile journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Today, ride leader Connor Ciment gave everyone a little 2-minute update from his bike as the riders into Maryland on a quiet, peaceful trail.

 

With Bicycle Adventure in its final week, newspaper catches up with cyclists in Wheeling, West Virginia

With Bicycle Adventure in its final week, newspaper catches up with cyclists in Wheeling, West Virginia

This year’s Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure already is the most successful ever in terms of money raised — more than $285,000 so far in 2016 — and in terms of participation as so many cyclists signed up that there are actually two packs of cyclists making the 3,500-mile journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C.

The two groups — the Orange Ride and the Blue Ride — are now just a day apart after the Blue Ride started a week later. Both teams will conclude their journeys together on Saturday with a 40-mile ride from Leesburg, Va., to our nation’s capital.

The Wheeling News-Register caught up with some of our cyclists on Monday as they arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Bicycle Adventurers repair roof in Springfield, Ohio, as summer journey nears end

Bicycle Adventurers repair roof in Springfield, Ohio, as summer journey nears end

“This is how we enjoy our summer,” Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure leader Connor Ciment tells the Springfield News-Sun, which caught up with the fundraising and awareness-building cyclists Wednesday in Springfield, Ohio, where Orange Ride cyclists (the first of two batches of cyclists on this year’s record-breaking ride) were repairing a roof with the Clark County Fuller Center for Housing. “Cycling is a passion of all of ours and we really enjoy pairing it with a service-filled mission such as this.”

The 3,500-mile Adventure from Seattle to Washington, D.C., concludes on Aug. 13. The ride set out to raise $250,000 for The Fuller Center’s work but already has surpassed $283,000. The cyclists have set a new goal to raise $300,000. Click here to help them reach it!

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The Fuller Center’s Jessica McClain broadcasted live from the roof on Wednesday. You can see her report and interviews with riders in the short video below:

RedLetter Christians’ Shane Claiborne salutes Fuller Center Bicycle Adventurers

RedLetter Christians’ Shane Claiborne salutes Fuller Center Bicycle Adventurers

Shane Claiborne, founder of The Simple Way and the Simple Homes Fuller Center for Housing, is a prominent leader of the RedLetter Christians movement, which asks a pretty simple but thought-provoking question: “What if Jesus Really Meant What He Said?”

One of the things He said was to love our neighbor, and Claiborne encourages people to do that in multiple ways — especially by putting faith into action. In Philadelphia, they are doing that by taking vacant, often-dilapidated properties and turning them into like-new homes for families in need. Funds raised by the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure help make the work of the Simple Homes Fuller Center and other covenant partners possible.

In the video below, Claiborne has a few words to share with our Bicycle Adventurers, who will complete the 2016 summer ride — a 3,600-mile journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C. — on August 13.

 

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WLFI-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure in West Lafayette, Indiana

WLFI-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure in West Lafayette, Indiana

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is now a little more than halfway through its 3,500-mile fundraising and awareness journey from Seattle to Washington, D.C. WLFI-TV caught up with the riders on Thursday as the journey made its way into the state of Indiana. A huge thank you to Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County for hosting our riders during their stay in West Lafayette.