FAQs


Cycling Tour FAQs

Will I find all FAQs on this page?

No. We are working on updating this page with more FAQs, but it's taking some time.

Where are your hiking trip FAQs?

They aren't here yet sorry. You can call and ask any question you like. Our number is (952) 886-7655.

Do I need specific biking training?

Yes. We expect our team members to train for their tour. You do not need to be riding your bike 100 miles everyday before the tour, but a consistent training regiment is essential. We suggest starting with a small, reachable goal to start with and add five miles a week until the start of the tour. Before the trip you should be able to ride at least 60 miles a day, back to back. Your leaders will also have advice on training tips.

Do I need to bring my own biking gear? If so, what is required?

Yes, a road bike fit to your body is required. When you buy your bike, you will be able to get a custom fit at the your local bike shop. If you are not buying your bike new, you may want to it bring into a shop to get fitted. Getting your bike fitted is crucial. If your bike does not fit your body, you will be unnecessarily uncomfortable. Also, riding will be uncomfortable in the beginning, it will take time to get used to your bike. A few other items are required. Bike clips and shoes, two to four water bottles, depending on how many your bike can hold (insulated bottles such as Polar bottles and Camelbak work best) a helmet, and bike attire. Also, you will want to get a form of chamois butter (for easier riding), bike gloves (help with hand circulation), a bike pouch (preferably waterproof) to hold your phone and money.

What’s included in the tour?

Food, accommodations, transportation during the tour, team apparel, and trip setup.

Is trip insurance provided?

No, you need to have your own insurance for the trip, it is required. If you need insurance we can refer you to affordable insurance for the duration of the trip.

What is a normal day like?

First off, there is no “normal day” on a bike tour. Everyday, riders will be faced with different elements and terrain that makes each day exciting. There are some things that remain constant. On average, we bike 80 miles a day. The team will get up around 6 am, eat breakfast, tend to any bike needs (i.e., air up tires), pack up bins, and have team devotions and meeting (to go over route and plan), then head out on the road. There will be at least one leader who will be driving the support vehicle. That leader will be stopping the van every 15-20 miles on the route for water/food stops. At the water stop you will be able to refill your water bottles, eat snacks, stretch, attend to bike needs, etc. Midday there will be a lunch break. The van will pull over for an extended break and the coolers full of food will be brought out for each rider to make their own lunches.

Soon after lunch, the riders will be arriving at the church/destination planned for the night. Once at the destination, the team will take showers (hopefully), eat dinner and participate in any scheduled events (presentations, fun team activities, etc.) After the team will have time to relax and settle down for the night. Depending on the day, team members will be doing the team’s laundry (laundry duties are split up between the team). Bedtime is around 10 pm. Sleep. Repeat.

Note that each team typically rides for four to five days, then rests for a day.

What’s in it for me?

Venture’s motto is “Benefit the world. Discover your soul.” We believe that you will learn a lot about yourself and the world while ultimately helping others. You will have the opportunity to build friendships that will last a lifetime and allow your relationship with Christ to grow stronger. Ultimately, you get out of it what you put into it. Our tours will bring you plenty of opportunities to change yourself and the world, but you have to choose what you want to do with them.

Is there a minimum weight/age requirement?

There is no specific weight requirement for the trip. You must be able to ride 60 miles in six hours before the tour and one 100-mile day (century).The age requirement is 18, unless accompanied by a parent.

Do you provide transportation to the beginning destination and to the end destination?

No, you will need to provide your own transportation before and after the trip.

Do you hold group fundraisers?

No, you will be responsible for fundraising yourself. We will send you support letter samples and other creative ideas to make your campaign more successful. Letting everyone you know (and those you don’t know) about what you’re doing is the best way to reach your goal. Send out support letters to everyone you know, always carry extra support letters with you to give away, create a facebook group and invite all your friends, set up a training blog to allow others to see your progress, speaking to your church and other local community organizations, and connecting with fellow team members to create a fundraising opportunities are all ways to make your fundraising campaign successful. Again, you get out of it what you put into it!

Are meals on the trip provided?

Yes, all of your meals, while on the trip will be provided for. The cost is worked into the overall trip cost. Snacks will be on your own.

Do we have tour leaders?

Each tour has two or three leaders. You will be notified who your leaders are soon after you are accepted.

What if I drop out last minute?

Unfortunately, the money that was donated to your account can not be refunded to you. We will, however, work with you to find an acceptable solution toward putting some of these funds toward another tour in the future.

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