1MISSION | Giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house


February 5-6, 2022

As part of 1MISSION’s first ever Bikes Fight Poverty: TEAM event, teams of 2-4 will ride relay-style from metro Phoenix all the way to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. We do this for one inspiring purpose: giving families in poverty access to safe, secure housing.

Join us by forming a team of friends, family, or co-workers and take turns riding a total of 200 miles over two days. We’ll have aid stations along the route and recommended transition points every 25 to 35 miles. Your team will be free to divide and conquer as you see fit. You can complete portions of the route with teammates, or handle stretches of the ride on your own. Whatever it takes to cross the finish line while fundraising for families in need.


What to Expect

Over the course of two long but rewarding days, your team and dozens of others will ride relay-style from Goodyear, Arizona all the way to 1MISSION’s basecamp in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. Two days, two countries, 200 miles.

On day one, you’ll ride through beautiful farmland and across the historic Gillespie Dam Bridge. After a lunch stop in Gila Bend, you’ll continue on to the old mining town of Ajo, where you’ll spend the night.

Day two will take you through the beautiful Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, across the border into Mexico. Crossing the finish line at 1MISSION’s basecamp just outside of Puerto Peñasco is an experience you’ll never forget.


What’s Included

1MISSION will provide aid stations along the route at 25 to 35 mile intervals – our recommended transition spots for teams of four. Of course, each relay team will be able to divide and conquer the 200 miles however they prefer. Medical staff will also be on hand throughout the entire event.

Breakfast will be provided on the first day of the ride, as well as nutrient-rich snacks and hydrating drinks along the route both days. We will also provide a housing option for the first night in Ajo and bunkhouse, tent, or RV options at our basecamp after the second day. A celebratory dinner is included at basecamp as well as breakfast on Monday morning before heading home.

Last but not least, you will receive our exclusive moisture-wicking event t-shirt, which will keep you comfy and looking good from start to finish.

What’s Not Included

Each team is responsible for transporting themselves, their bikes, and their own supply and gear (SAG). Teams are responsible for their own lunches both days, as well as dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.

You are legally required to purchase your own car insurance before crossing into Mexico. Contact your insurance company to see if they provide insurance for driving in Mexico. Or you can contact Kirk Borg at Agape Insurance Partners. He’s a longtime friend of 1MISSION and he’ll take good care of you.

The official Bikes Fight Poverty jersey is not included for our TEAM event, but jerseys will be available for purchase from 1MISSION’s online store if you’d like to have one.


Fees and Fundraising

We take pride in ensuring that Bikes Fight Poverty events are safe, fun, and well-supported. But 1MISSION isn’t an events company. We’re a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community.

So when you register to ride in a Bikes Fight Poverty event, you’re committing to fundraise for families in need. That’s what makes this event so meaningful for everyone involved!

The cost to participate is $400 per team and is due at the time of registration.

Each team will also be responsible for a $1,500 fundraising minimum, with these donations from your family and friends going to support 1MISSION’s projects and programs in the field. Does the idea of fundraising sound scary? Don’t worry, we’re pros at this. Our fundraising coach will provide you helpful tips and tools to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goal before the event.

How to Get Started

The first step is to register your team. One person – let’s call them the team captain – will be responsible for paying the full $400 fee at time of registration. You can have your team members Venmo you for their share if you’d like, but that’ll be up to you. The captain will also be responsible for meeting (or exceeding!) your team’s fundraising goal, though all team members should be expected to do their fair share.

Once the captain has registered and paid the registration fee, our fundraising coach will send instructions with next steps for registering the rest of your team.

The Route

Day One

Suggested Transition Points:

1: Buckeye City Hall
Distance: 20 Miles
Elevation: -180 ft

2: Desert Rose
Distance: 16.18 miles
Elevation: -88 ft

3: Gila Bend
Distance: 26.65 miles
Elevation: - 44 ft

4: Mile Marker 83
Distance: 22.03 miles
Elevation: +344 ft

5: Ajo High School
Distance: 22.17 miles
Elevation: +661 ft
(Greatest Difficulty)

Day Two

Suggested Transition Points:

1: Aid Station One
Distance: 19 miles
Elevation: +50 ft

2: Border
Distance: 19.25 miles
Elevation: -405 ft
(Most Experienced Rider)

3: Aid Station Three
Distance: 25.75 miles
Elevation: -672 ft

4: 1MISSION Basecamp
Distance: 29.36 miles
Elevation: -615 ft


While we are all optimistic that COVID-19 will be mostly contained by the time of the ride, we don’t need to remind you that we’re living in uncertain times. Unless circumstances change, we are planning on Bikes Fight Poverty happening without restrictions. If forced to alter our plans, 1MISSION staff will communicate those changes quickly and clearly to all registered riders and volunteers.

Have additional questions? Please reach out to bikesfightpoverty@1mission.org!

Thank you to these generous sponsors.