It is sometimes hard for such a diverse and geographically spread out group to unite and all “go for a ride together” but we pulled it off.  I have heard from numerous ChrisitianCycling members and from many of our Spokes who participated in our inaugural Build the Body Ride on June 27th, 2015*.  Below are some of the stories that I heard and some of the pictures that accompanied those stories.

I am thrilled with the level of participation throughout the country and I am hoping that this will serve to excite more people to participate in next year’s ride.

As of this posting, we have raised $4700 — which means 47 families will get clean water through Samaritan’s Purse; 47 people will be exposed to Jesus Christ while learning how to live without addiction through Teen Challenge USA; Athlete’s in Action Cycling will be better able to minister to the Pro Peloton; and ChristianCycling will be able to build stronger local Spokes and help it’s members become better servants while telling their story of how Christ has intersected their lives.

*Note: some of our rides were postponed due to weather or other conflicts, but the unity of our “Group Ride” was intact.

From Colorado:

Racing is done, time for some food and fellowship

ColoradoSpoke

Race is done. Time for food and fellowship.


From NorCal:

NorCal Spoke

NorCal Spoke

[No report,  just a cool pic]


From Oklahoma:

Jon Tucker works on his 'Selfie" skills

Jon Tucker works on his ‘Selfie” skills

Jon Tucker had quite an adventure as he rode through and around Bixby, OK. Read all about it here.


From Missouri:

MO Spoke

MO Spoke

Well the inaugural BtBR ride in Missouri was a total success !!! We end up with 22 folks at the BBQ/picnic and 20 who participated in the ride (see attached picture). We were pleased to have 6 guest riders join us. — Bill Menchak
. . . I would just add that this was a unifying day for our spoke.  Lots of members and friends I’ve never met before showed up.  — Jon Schmidt

From Nebraska:

Nebraska

Nebraska

Had 2 participants in Lincoln, NE. We did a nice 20 mile loop, great fellowship. Was not able to get a ride assembled for the Omaha metro, but maybe next year, as a ministry partner will be moving to the area. He works with Chi Alpha ministry on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus and is an avid cyclist. — Doug Schmidt


From Washington State:

Washington: Ride 1

Washington: Ride 2

Washington: Post ride 2

Washington: Post ride 1

We had numerous groups on 1st Annual Build The Body Ride.  We had a group lead by a member in Spokane, Lisa; we had the eastside group lead by yours truly; we had a group from Seattle lead by a member, P.Scott; we had a group from the south end lead by Jeary and we had a ride from Kit riding the three wheeled recumbant bike as a disabled veteran. — Mike Leaman


From Virginia:

Bedford VA

Bedford VA

Well, we got rained out but we are planning to ride sometime in July. We also had 3 that were either on vacation or a mission trip. . .We also had a good little write up in the Bedford Bulletin about Christian Cycling. Getting the word out !!! — RV Witherspoon


From Tennessee:

We had to reschedule ours due to weather. Will give you updates when the weather clears. — Todd Gilman


From Texas:

North Texas Rolling out

North Texas Rolling out

[Editor’s note: the North Texas Spoke ride was rained out on June 27th and rescheduled for the second weekend in July]


From Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvainia

Pennsylvainia

George Carey and I were the only two who rode on the BtBR day.  Unfortunately, the weather scared a few people off as we were to receive the remnants of the storm that caused all the flooding in Texas.

But as George planned the ride and did the footwork for the posting of the ride and planning the route, I felt obligated to join him.  We met at the rear of the Art Museum of Philadelphia at the Italian Fountain.  For a point of reference, the Rocky statue is at the top of the steps in the front of the museum.  We rode the Schuylkill River Trail north into Norristown, toured a few local back roads in and around this area, then returned to the museum on the opposite side of the river on Kelly Drive.  I had no idea that Philadelphia was so rider friendly as this major four lane road is closed to traffic until noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

I have always made a habit of carrying two tubes and two cartridges, one for me and one to share.  We were able to provide assistance to a father out with his son on the trail.  He was walking his bike up the trail, in a steady rain, after flatting.  His son was slowly riding ahead of him.  We offered to help him in any way, and he was grateful to accept the tube and manage his own repair.

My mileage is not what it once was and so the planned 50 miles was probably a bit excessive but George took it easy on me.  I thought the Manayunk wall appealing during the first hour of the ride, but was satisfied just looking at it as we road by during the last few miles of the day.

George and I live in two different locations, he just north of Philly and me in Lancaster.  While our ride may not have met the larger intent, fellowshipping on the bike that morning was a great and we were happy to provide some aide along the way. — Mike Long


From Arizona:

The Flock looking strong

The Flock looking strong

ChristianCycling and The Flock -- an awesome combination

ChristianCycling and The Flock — an awesome combination

[Editor’s note: a group in Phoenix called “The Flock” that is not affiliated with ChristianCycling jumped on board and organized a BtBR for ChristianCycling and our affiliated ministries. What a great show of support and brotherhood. Here is their report.]

Our Build the Body Ride was a huge success. We had 18 Riders total. We went for a 27 Mile Ride with 900 Feet of Climbing. We had 7 Riders from the Flock, 3 Ladies searching for a Christian Cycling Club, and 8 IC3 Riders.

We prayed for healing of cancer, our Soldiers abroad, courage to boldly proclaim Jesus and continued direction for IC3.

After the ride we all had breakfast at Biscuits Cafe. We sold raffle tickets for a Flock Giveaway and we raised $95.00 towards missionaries Bill and Janet Sass’ trip to Malawi, Africa.

The next ride. When’s the next ride? Many said after the ride. Build the Body did just that. New friends. New Brothers and Sisters. New Relationships. Renewed Hope. — Tom Muñoz


From South Dakota:

Craig gets ready for his uber-long Build The Body adventure

Craig gets ready for his uber-long Build The Body adventure

South Dakotan, Craig Groseth went all out and did a “little” gravel ride called “Odin’s Revenge” — 169 miles in 15 hours 36 minutes. Read all about it here


From Arkansas:

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

[Editor’s note: This is from the interim president of Teen Challenge USA got a group to ride Build the Body Ride with him. We love working with Teen Challenge and hope that this starts a very long relationship with that ministry]

I did the Build the Body Ride in Hot Springs. — Tim Culbreth


From the Twin Cities:

Preparations for Build the Body:After Dark Ride

Preparations for Build the Body:After Dark Ride

Group #3 on the day goes to St. Paul

Group #3 on the day goes to St. Paul

Twin Cities Group 2 on the Greenway

Twin Cities Group 2 on the Greenway

Twin Cities Early Ride

Twin Cities Early Ride

I am so proud of the Twin Cities Spoke and the way they rallied around the ChristianCycling BuildTheBodyRide‬! We had four [and a half] different BtB rides throughout the day [and night] and 17 people riding who logged a collective 796 miles! Personally, I tallied 147 miles on the day [and night] and had a blast. Thanks to all who came out and supported us! — Tim Turnquist


If you rode a Build the Body Ride and want it to be included here, please send a report with pics to [email protected] and I will be sure to add it.