Trip Overview

Didn’t know the Midwestern United States was an absolutely epic place to bike?

Neither did we, until we rode our bikes over 500 miles from Minneapolis to Chicago and decided this was a must-do Venture tour. As a participant on the Epic West tour, you’ll start at the iconic Stone Arch Bridge in one of America’s most beautiful cities, wind through the scenic valleys and wooded bluffs of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and end with a celebratory 16-mile ride down the Lakefront Bike Path in the bustling city of Chicago.

After the ride, you’ll volunteer at our partner organization, Feed My Starving Children, to pack, sort, and pray for the very meals you’ve provided for our friends in Southeast Asia. And while you’ll travel through 3 states, bike over 500 miles, and peddle up more than 7,000 feet, this ride isn’t just about an epic adventure.

With a strong focus on biblical social justice and discipleship, you and your team will study, learn, reflect, and wrestle together on some of life’s most important and pressing questions: Who am I? Who is God? How might I respond to suffering and injustice in the world?

And as you meet your fundraising goal prior to departing, you’ll inspire your community to actively engage with you in the redemptive and beautiful story of justice and hope that God is writing right here, and right now, through Venture Mission in Southeast Asia.

Won’t you join us? Sign up now.

Jacqueline Cairy

Epic West 2014

When I was in high school, I would drive past the Venture headquarters everyday, and I vowed that I would never be crazy enough to bike with Venture. Sure enough, my junior year of college, God challenged me to sacrifice myself physically and do a tour.

Trip Details

Dates:

August 11 – 20, 2017

Fundraising Goal:

$2,500 Minimum

Registration:

$150

Duration:

10 Days

Start/End:

Minneapolis, MN – Chicago, IL

Fly In/Out:

MSP – CHI

Resources:

Training Guide, Fundraising Guide, Equipment List, FAQ

Itinerary & Map

Itinerary Best Viewed on Desktop

DayDateDestinationMileage
FridayAugust 11Arrival
SaturdayAugust 12Minneapolis – Training24.3
SundayAugust 13Minneapolis – Training59
MondayAugust 14Red Wing109
TuesdayAugust 15La Crosse102
WednesdayAugust 16Wisconsin Dells58.3
ThursdayAugust 17Madison83.2
FridayAugust 18Rockford67.3
SaturdayAugust 19Explore Chicago
SundayAugust 20Departure
Total Mileage503.1

Stories From Participants

Jacqueline Cairy

Epic West 2014

When I was in high school, I would drive past the Venture headquarters everyday, and I vowed that I would never be crazy enough to bike with Venture. Sure enough, my junior year of college, God challenged me to sacrifice myself physically and do a tour.

Because I had scoliosis in my lower back, physical activity was really hard for me; sports were never really my thing. I was so nervous. I trained hard for the tour, and two weeks before I took a nasty spill on my bike. I was advised by doctors to ride no more than 10 miles a day, if that.

Reluctantly, I went on the tour determined to bike a little everyday. The very first day of the tour I was able to ride thirty miles, which to me was huge! Our hosts that first night were very into praying for us as we were on tour. I explained my injuries to them, and I even told them about my scoliosis and how it affected my cycling. They prayed for my healing.

The next morning I got up and cycled seventy miles with no pain. I was able to finish the tour with everyone cycling further and further each day without pain. About a week after my tour I also noticed that my lower back didn’t hurt any longer. I felt for my scoliosis curve and it wasn’t there! I was healed! That wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t obeyed God and gone on the tour.

Radha Vyas

Epic West 2014

“The Venture community and the work that Venture does has been a huge part of my life since I first gave my life to Christ, and it will always be a part of my heart.”

The thought of riding a bike for 500 miles sounded like the most ridiculous thing to do, ever. So I signed up. Hands down it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and I’d do it again. Also, doing something physically and mentally challenging in order to raise awareness for other people’s suffering spoke directly to me. Training for the ride gave me a purpose. And while on tour, I was able to reflect deeply on Jesus’s calling on my life.

Once I got on tour and tried to ride my bike all those miles, my body decided it wasn’t going to do it. Initially, I was discouraged, but I learned that when you call on the Lord in those moments, he will answer and show you where you’re supposed to be.

While on tour, every single person pulled together as the body of Christ. Each person had their own gifts that put us together to get to where we needed to go. I had so many encouraging, wonderful, amazing people on my tour that helped me in my personal journey. It was a very humbling experience.

The Cause

Everyone Deserves to Hear the Gospel

Venture partners with local communities to bring food security, education, discipleship, and the gospel to the least reached and most vulnerable people in the world.

We engage religious leaders, local governments, community members, and partner non-profits to meet the most pressing needs in remote, conflict-ridden, and desperate regions.

The Epic West tour will specifically raise money to fund our refugee feeding programs in Southeast Asia, which is home to the world’s longest-running civil war. This war has displaced over 4 million people from their homes, hundreds of thousands of whom still live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) or refugee camps in the region.

Venture works within the most remote and hardest-struck refugee regions in Southeast Asia to provide nutritious food for the people living in these camps. Through a partnership with Feed My Starving Children, we provide hundreds of thousands of meals every year to refugee camps in Southeast Asia.

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Bee Kay

Refugee

We make one pack last 9 meals; we stretch them out to make them last longer. My grandchildren think it is very delicious. My three grandchildren live with me because the army killed my son. So I am now responsible for them. We can’t grow food because we are always fleeing from the war.

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