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FREEDOM TOUR ’17 HITS THE ROAD

After months of training and preparing, FREEDOM TOUR ’17 is underway.

On June 4, eight cyclists sporting our spiffy new jerseys joined 7,000 of their friends at the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock. They cranked a metric century (62 miles) through absolutely stunning–and difficult–terrain in the unofficial start of Colorado’s cycling season.

Elephant Rock was Act I. On June 10 an army of generous, smiling volunteers in bright yellow shirts sent 65 cyclists off on the One-day FREEDOM TOUR Prologue. Some cranked 60 miles around Horsetooth Reservoir, over Carter Lake, and back through Loveland. Others cruised 30 miles through the Fort Collins trails, along scenic Boyd Lake, and back through the urban beauty of the Fossil Creek Wetlands.

Sunshine, great company, good food at the end of the ride. Long lines of riders, laughter as old friends reunited and new friends became acquainted, and the general sense of mission in this amazing gathering.

And it all happens to support a group of precious children rescued from human trafficking.

We’re just getting started. FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR blasted off on Saturday from Cheyenne. Cranking 500 miles in a week will be a great opportunity to come together, learn our stories, and get a little closer to God.

And then there’s the COLORADO MOUNTAIN TOUR. July 28 – 31 another team will climb more than 14,500 feet through Colorado’s most scenic terrain from Gunnison to Steamboat.

The FREEDOM TOUR is more than a bike ride. The people, the jerseys, the excitement, the cause…it can all be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we always begin with HELMETS UP, a reminder that it’s not our thing and we’re not in charge.

It’s a lot of fun, though. We invite you to follow along and experience some of the beauty and joy.

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Front Range Freedom Tour 2016 – Trip Report

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(Contributed by Rich Dixon)

FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR 2016 looked a lot like a bike tour. We had 18-person team of cyclists and support personnel. We wore bright orange and blue cycling jerseys. Our riders cycled 500 miles and climbed 14,000 feet along Colorado’s Front Range from Cheyenne to Raton Pass.

A closer look at our jersey would reveal phrases that distinguish the FREEDOM TOUR from an ordinary bike tour: Heart of the Father. Light in Dark Places. Journey for Freedom & Justice. Hope Starts Here. Stop Human Trafficking. Hope Changes What’s Possible.

The FREEDOM TOUR is a mission trip. We cycle to bring hope and freedom to kids rescued from human trafficking. We do this crazy thing to support 22 kids at the HOME OF HOPE in New Delhi and to increase awareness about the horrible crime of human trafficking.

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We ride bikes, but our impact comes from opportunities to share our story with individuals and groups along the route. We measure success in things like lifelong friendships established, hearts impacted, church partnerships formed, laughter generated. And more than $40,000 contributed so far by hundreds of incredibly generous individuals and sponsors to support those 22 kids.

When I’m asked for my favorite memory of the tour, it’s always about people rather than events. Whether Welcoming New Friends from Colorado Springs or speaking to old friends at Praise Assembly Church in Pueblo, connecting with the folks God’s placed in our path is always the most rewarding, energizing aspect of the week.

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We’re reflecting and telling more stories on our blog. Check out an inspiring tale of headwinds and teamwork (Pneuma Or Hot Air?) and the night We Talked About Justice. Please follow along (http://richsride.org/blog/) and join the conversation.

The journey continues because the need continues. We’re already planning for 2017, but our 22 kids need your support all year. You can contribute or make an ongoing donation on our website to help these children receive the Christian education, counseling, and holistic care that will help them become the strong young men and women God created them to be.

Join the journey in your own neighborhood by purchasing the Front Range FREEDOM TOUR cycle jersey. Purchase one for yourself or as a gift for a cyclist friend/family member. They’re great conversation starters on the bike trail, and proceeds support the HOME OF HOPE. You too can be part of the story!

Web: http://www.frontrangefreedomtour.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frontrangefreedomtour/

Front Range Freedom Tour 2016 Is About to Start

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Suppose you could bring hope and freedom to victims of exploitation by riding your bike … or by supporting a great team of people who do. What could be better than that?

While nearly 60 cyclists participated in last Saturday’s Prologue ride, the main event–Front Range Freedom Tour 2016–is just around the corner, starting on Friday June 17th. Front Range Freedom Tour partners with Rescue: Freedom International to support the kids at the Home of Hope in New Delhi, India. The Home of Hope serves children who have been rescued from the forced sex trade. They provide housing, food, clothing, aftercare, and education in a safe, nurturing environment.

Along the 500-mile cycling tour between Cheyenne and Raton Pass, the twenty riders participating in this year’s Front Range Freedom Tour will also make stops to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. Please consider joining the team through your prayers and/or donations.

Discover more information at: http://richsride.org/frontrangefreedomtour

Follow the team as they ride: http://richsride.org/blog/