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Here’s everything you need to know about the weekend long experience unlike any other.


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Now you may never forget how to ride a bike, but sometimes you do forget to train. We have got you covered with our training plan, brought to you by Cadence Physical Therapy & Performance Coaching. If you follow this plan your body should be primed right for the ride. Also, Cadence Physical Therapy & Performance Coaching has provided tips on how to use a foam roller, so that way you can keep rolling on your bike without any pain.

If you have any questions or want tips on training, or if you need physical therapy (at a discounted price) you can contact Charlie Boeyink at charlie@cadencept.net.


Be Predictable

Group riding requires even more attention to predicability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.

Watch Out at Intersections

When approaching intersections that require vehicles to yield or stop, the lead rider will say “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind to the change in speed. When passing through an intersection, some cyclists say “clear” if there is no cross traffic. Note that each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the way is indeed clear.

Use Signals

Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with fellow cyclists and with other traffic. Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows: left arm straight out to signal a left turn; left arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping; and for a right turn, put your right arm straight out or put your left arm out and up.

Leave a Gap for Cars

When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap for cars between every three or four bikes. That way a motorist can take advantage of shorter passing intervals and eventually move around the entire group.

Give Warnings

Warn cyclists behind you well in advance of changes in your direction or speed. To notify the group of a change in path, the lead rider should call out “left turn” or “right turn” in addition to giving a hand signal.

Move Off the Road When You Stop

Whether you are stopping because of mechanical problems or to regroup with your companions, move well off the road so you don’t interfere with traffic. When you start up again, each cyclist should look for, and yield to, traffic.

Change Positions Correctly

Generally, slower traffic stays right so you should pass others on their left. Say “on your left” to warn the cyclist ahead of you that you are passing. If you need to pass someone on the right, say “on your right” clearly since this is an unusual maneuver.

Ride One or Two Accross

Ride single file or two abreast as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions and where allowed by law. Most state vehicle codes permit narrow vehicles such as bikes and motorcycles to ride two abreast within the lane. Even where riding double is legal, courtesy dictates that you single up when cars are trying to pass you.

Announce Hazards

When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, glass, sand, grates, and other hazards. The leader should indicate hazards by pointing down to the left or right, and by shouting “hole,” “bump,” etc. where required.

Watch for Traffic Coming From the Rear

Because those in front cannot see traffic approaching from the rear, it is the responsibility of the riders in back to inform the others by saying “car back” when rounding curves, on narrow roads, or when riding double. It is also helpful to warn of traffic approaching from the front with “car up.”

Source: Arizona Rules of the Road


Helpful Info




If You Don’t see an answer to your question? Contact us..

1MISSION’s got you covered! When you register, an online campaign profile will be created, which you can customize by adding a picture and telling others why you are riding. Then you can share your profile link with all your family and friends!

We’ve collected some of the best ideas from our most successful fundraisers and compiled them for you in an easy to use fundraising toolkit.
All of the money raised from 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty event goes to 1MISSION. 1MISSION is a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a home by serving their community. 100% of Bikes Fight Poverty funds go directly to funding homes for families around the world.
Yes, there is a fundraising minimum. We have multiple tiers available that you select at registration.  High Rollers commit to raising a minimum of $8000,  a  2 Day Rider commits to raising minimum of $500 and the minimum for the Virtual Ride is $150. 
All High Rollers ($8000) and 2 Days Riders ($500) must have their minimums showing on their campaign page prior to launch party check in or SWAG bag pick up. Please note: Picking up bags for fellow riders will NOT be allowed unless they have met their fundraising commitments.

If you have cash or checks to turn in to reach your commitment, you will be asked to visit Donor Services prior to check in.

Picking up bags for fellow riders will NOT be allowed unless they have met their fundraising commitments.
No problem. Have that person make out the check to 1MISSION, write your campaign name in the memo, and send it to us at 1 N. 1st St. #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Simply total up the amount and either send it in with your name and campaign on a note to 1MISSION (mail it to 1 N 1st St #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004) or have your parent/guardian donate online in the amount raised.
This ride is a rain or shine event. However, the safety of our riders and volunteers is our top priority. If weather conditions become dangerous, we will assess the situation and will communicate promptly with group leaders. In the meantime, we're praying for perfect weather and a nice tailwind the whole way!
If you have never ridden in a group before, we ask that you attend at least two of our many Bikes Fight Poverty training rides. Make sure you Like our Facebook page for the latest updates on upcoming group rides and clinics. Group riding is essential to the Bikes Fight Poverty ride and the more practice you have, the better experience you will have.
YES! If you are participating in the Bikes Fight Poverty event, and plan on crossing the border, a valid passport or passport ID will be required and must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the event date. The Mexico border patrol requires each rider to complete the required Migratory Form.  The form can be located here and emailed directly to Bikesfightpoverty@1mission.org. The form will require wet signature that will be collected by 1MISSION at events leading up to the BIG ride.

For participants under the age of 18, you will need to provide other US Citizenship documents such as a certified copy of a US Birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Citizenship. The Mexico Migratory form may need to be completed at the border prior to crossing as the Mexico border agents may not allow anyone to cross with just a birth certificate.
Bikes Fight Poverty is an annual 1MISSION fundraising event. Over 100 riders participate each year, raising funds for housing projects, and riding from Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico in two days. The ride was formerly known as the 207 Ride because the length of the ride is 207 miles.
Our slowest pace is 15 mph.   For safety reasons, ALL riders must be at the final destination by the route closure times set by the Ride Director.   Therefore, there are no romantic sunset rides. 
You do not have to ride the entire distance. If at any point you become too fatigued or feel like you need a break, flag down one of the SAG vehicles. The SAG vehicle will take you to the next point where you can meet up with your group.
Night 1 will be spent in the Ajo High School gym. Pads will be available, but feel free to bring cots, mattress pads, or air mattresses. Night 2 will be spent at 1MISSIONs’s Basecamp in the bunkhouse.  Sleeping in a gym not quite your cup of tea? Feel free to take advantage of the discounted rates we have at local hotels.
Yes it is! We have a police escort from the border down to our basecamp, and there is a huge shoulder the whole way down.
You can ride any bike as long as it has brakes. We recommend a road bike.  Make sure your bike is in good condition and can withstand the strain of this ride. Please get your bike checked out and tuned up BEFORE the morning of the ride.
We pride ourselves on having one of the best SAG teams in the nation, all of which are volunteers! We have rest stops every 15-20 miles, and sag vehicles stationed every 5 miles. The SAG’s carry tubes, tires, pumps, first aid kits, sunscreen. water, and extra nutrition. There are also Aid Stations every 20-30 miles along the entire route. The Aid Stations have everything that the SAG vehicles have plus more food and restrooms.
1MISSION will provide transportation back to the parking garage the Monday immediately following the event.   We will have vehicles and a trailer to haul all of your gear and bags.  If you need to leave directly after the event, riders will be responsible to finding their own transportation.
Yes. We have a medical team staffed with first responders, and local law enforcement are notified of the event.
A big N-O to that one. This is a charity ride and a team effort. There is no reward for finishing first.
There will be several training rides to participate in. Make sure you check out our training plan and join our Facebook group for rides happening in your area.
The minimum age to participate in the ride is 15 years.
All meals are provided. This includes: Day 1 lunch and dinner, Day 2 breakfast, lunch and dinner, and breakfast before returning home. If you have any special dietary needs please reach out to us for a list of items we will have available.

Virtual Riders are individuals or families who choose to participate in 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty Event by pledging miles to be ridden (but don’t worry, we aren’t going to keep tabs on you)! Most importantly, you are fundraising to put families in homes.

Virtual Riders that have access to a road bike are encouraged to join in with the Route Riders on their weekly training rides.

The fundraising minimum of $150 or $275 (family of 2) must be met by March 12, 2021. However, don’t miss out on the awesome incentives to meet the stretch goals!

 Rider Incentives

  • Track a total of 207 miles by February 21, 2021 through our Strava club and you will be sent the official rider shirt in February.
  • Raise $300 before January 31, 2021 and be invited to attend the Bikes Fight Poverty Launch Party. 
  • Raise $500 before Nov. 15, 2020 and earn yourself the official 2019 Bikes Fight Poverty Jersey.
  • Raise $750 by February 21, 2021 and be invited to come down to Mexico to build a house with the Bikes Fight Poverty team in March.
Bikes Fight Poverty is an annual 1MISSION fundraising event. Over 100 riders participate each year, raising funds for housing projects, and riding from Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico in two days. The ride was formerly known as the 207 Ride because the length of the ride is 207 miles.

NO! Although it is encouraged that you get on a bike and ride, you most certainly don’t actually ever have to pedal!

Have fun with your Virtual Rider status and do something fun on the day of the ride. Take pictures and post your adventure on our Facebook page!  Or use #bikesfightpoverty
Yes. However, your donor will need to type in your name and select your campaign to be credited. The progress will reflect within your individual page and the team page. If your name is NOT indicated then it will go to the overall team goal and we have no way of knowing whose campaign it was designated to.
YES! This is an event that the whole family can get involved with. There is NO age restriction on who can get involved. Family members must all reside in the same household.

No, you can only be on one team at a time. If you registered with a team and decide to join a different one, you must first leave the original team in order to join the other. To do this, click the Manage button in the top right corner of your fundraising page, then scroll to the bottom and click on the Team Fundraising tab then, click Leave Team.

No, not necessarily.  Your fundraising team is not the same as your pace group.
Your “fundraising team” is based on affinity; “family, friends, co-workers etc...“ while your pace group is the group of people you will be participating in the ride with.
The team captain is the person who created the team.  They have access to managing the teams page.  There can only be 1 team captain at a time.
Yes, you will keep your individual campaign page.  The progress on your campaign will be reflected on the overall team page.
Yes.  You would need to contact 1MISSION at bikesfightpoverty@1mission.org to have this information updated.
Each team page has its own vanity url that was created.  The Captain of this team will have access to email templates that they can send out to people to invite them to join.

 EVERYONE has access to the teams page which has a share button located on the upper right hand corner of the page and can be shared via Facebook, Twitter or email.

No, the only reduction in the fundraising minimum is given for family members living in the same household who participate in Bikes Fight Poverty.

No.  The only way to share funds is within families who live within the same household.

YES! From the Overview tab of your fundraising page, scroll down and click on the tab for Team Fundraising then click the

“Join or Create a Team” button. Then you can choose to join an existing team or create a new one.

Yes. You must be at least 15 to ride 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty 2Day ride. Those that are under the age of 18 at the time of the ride must be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian during the entire ride. This means the parent or guardian must be a registered rider.

For the Virtual Ride there is no age limit. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

YES! However, keep in mind that your registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. You must withdraw prior to Oct. 15, 2020 to avoid being held accountable for the fundraising commitment ($8000 for Hight Rollers, $500 for 2-Day riders or $150 for Virtual Riders).

Each rider is required to pay the non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee. Registration fees do NOT count towards your fundraising goal. Any outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement will be charged to your credit card by 1MISSION if the minimum hasn’t been met by the launch party happening on Friday, February 12, 2021. This is outlined in the Fundraising disclosure that all participants acknowledge at the time of registration.

Click the Manage button in the upper right-hand corner of your fundraising page. This will take you to the Overview tab. Click on the Story tab and scroll down to the 'Why I’m Riding' box. We ask that you keep the video as it is, but feel free to update the text as you wish. Don’t forget to hit Save before navigating away!

No. Your registration as a rider in Bikes Fight Poverty is never transferable, even if you do not or cannot ride in Bikes Fight Poverty for any reason whatsoever, including illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to ride in Bikes Fight Poverty in you place under any circumstance.

The goal of Bikes Fight Poverty is to raise as much money as possible to help end poverty. Sure, more people would probably get involved if there was a lower fundraising minimum but Bikes Fight Poverty is organized so that a manageable number of riders can participate while simultaneously raising as much money as possible to put families in homes.

There are a few ways you can locate your specific campaign link.

1. Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email from 1MISSION that will have you claim your fundraising page. This is where you can set your own vanity link that will be easy for you to remember and give to your donors.  You can also copy the link at the top of the page in the search bar and save it to share with your potential donors. 

2. Go to 1MISSION.org/bikesfight-poverty and click on the link “Find a Campaigner” on the landing page. Find your campaign

and simply copy the URL from the search bar.

3. From your profile you can click the Details tab>Scroll to the middle of the page>copy your vanity URL

When managing your fundraising page, click View to return to the page that your friends and donors will see. To get back to making any updates, click Manage.

Click the Manage button at the top of your page. Select the Details tab, then scroll down to the field where you can update the fundraising goal. Be sure to hit Save before navigating away! (Please note: the fundraising minimum for a 2 Day rider is $500 for individuals and $750 for 2 riders in the same family household and $1000 for an immediate family of 3.)

Although it would be ideal, it is NOT required. You will however need to provide other US Citizenship documents such as a certified copy of a US Birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Citizenship.
1MISSION will provide each SAG vehicle with the essential items you need to support your group of riders such as: extra tubes, jugs of water, snacks, sunscreen, Tylenol, Advil and Chapstick. Our SAG volunteers have been know to go all out when it comes to the entertainment of the riders. Feel free to bring costumes, noisemakers and your dancing shoes to help encourage the riders along the way. Oh, and extra sunscreen, you can never have too much sunscreen!!!!
YES! Please include them on your registration form. If you have already completed your registration form, please complete one for your child.  

** Please READ**  If the volunteer opportunity requires that you be outside of your vehicle, close to the side of the road, children must be the age of 11 years old or older to attend.  Please note, that we ask that you still have a passenger with you that is capable to help you navigate the route and communicate with other volunteers, typically the ideal age is 14 years old.

Sunscreen, snacks, water, cell phone, car charger and a positive attitude! If you are volunteering for multiple days, make sure that you remember your essentials, sleeping and hygiene supplies.

SAG Volunteers: We encourage you to go all out! Make encouraging signs, have costumes, noise makers etc… Many of our amazing SAG volunteers make a playlist of music prior to the ride to play as the riders pass by.

YES! All of you daily meals will be provided for you. We do suggest that you bring your own snacks and water for the car, there is A LOT of driving involved! Also, please make your own arrangements if you have any special dietary needs/food allergies.
No, this will be handled through the Van Rental company and 1MISSION will handle that expense.

1MISSION will make arrangements to have all the necessary lease agreements available to be completed at the mandatory volunteer meeting that is typically 1 month before launch.  Proof of drivers license will be required at that time, so it is very important that you attend. We can make separate arrangements to have the Vans picked up the day prior to the launch and have them ready for you the morning of.

The stop for Day 1 is in Ajo. The volunteers will stay with our riders at the Ajo High School. We stay in the gym, so please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress etc… There are showers available as well so bring your toiletries! Day 2 lodging will be in Mexico at the 1MISSION basecamp. We give the riders dibs on the bunkhouse so we ask that our volunteers bring tents for camping. There are showers and restrooms available here for everyone! Not into sleeping on the ground? There are hotels in Ajo and Mexico that you can book for an additional fee.
Comfortable clothes! You think riding a bike 200+ miles is hard? Try volunteering for Bikes Fight Poverty! Just kidding, but seriously, it can be exhausting so be comfortable! You will be provided with a Bikes Fight Poverty shirt to wear on day 1 and you can always pick up some awesome additional swag at our online store here.

All vehicles entering Mexico must have Mexican automobile insurance. We ask our volunteers to provide insurance on their own vehicles. Below is our recommended insurance provider, please feel free to contact him and mention that you are volunteering for 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty.

Kirk Borg - Agape Insurance Partners: 623-562-3400

YES! If you will be traveling to Mexico as part of your volunteer opportunity you MUST have a valid passport or passport ID. If you do not have one, please do not wait until the last minute to get one as they are sometimes delayed and can be pricy to expedite!


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Contact us at bikesfightpoverty@1mission.org.