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.