What is the Resiliency Ride?
A 326-mile bicycle ride across Ohio June 18-24 for youth ages 13-18.
On this journey, youth will explore the three core qualities that fuel resiliency and the seven personal attributes of resiliency.
So, What is Resiliency?
Resiliency is the ability to recover from set backs, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity. It’s an essential part of life for all of us.
What is the Cost?
The total cost to ride is $600 per person, most of it paid by generous donors.
What Do I Do?
To support, donate toward the Resiliency Ride click here.
Who Am I Helping?
The Resiliency Ride is a part of the Youth Resiliency Adventure which raises funds and awareness for the Lord’s Gym Ministries Family Activity Center in Price Hill. Here we serve at-risk youth and their families by offering various sports activities like biking, football, basketball, etc. Involvement in these healthy activities promote community and positive life skills at school and home.
To learn more about Lord’s Gym Ministries, check out our introductory video.
The Ohio to Erie Trail is a scenic 326-mile trail linking the Ohio River to Lake Erie, primarily on rail trails and canal paths. It traverses four major cities, numerous quaint small towns and miles of pastoral countryside.
Check out this video. For more information, click here.
How Will Youth Prepare for the Ride?
The people who spend time preparing for the Resiliency Ride have the most fun. Participants are encouraged to start riding their bikes now. There will be training on Thursdays and some Saturdays beginning the second week in May. Participants must attend one Resiliency Ride practice ride before the trip. Safety and discipline for each participant and the group are of first importance. We have to know if they are prepared to handle this level of stress and challenge.
What are the Specifics of the Ride?
We will depart from a designated location in Cincinnati in groups of 7 youth riders and 2-3 adult riders per group. The ride is self-supported, and the rider will ride an average of 50 miles per day. A self-supported ride means that the rider will carry their own camping gear and clothing on their bikes.
Our goal each day is to explore and enjoy our adventure as we ride an average of 50 miles to our daily destination. Ideally, it will be in a reasonable amount of time to relax and enjoy our site and experience – after our individual and group chores are completed. But as the saying goes, “Be careful if you wish for an adventure; you just might get one!” Such experiences can be found in rapidly changing weather patterns, mechanical problems, or personal physical challenges.
The group will be divided each day into different cells based on the pace of the cell with 3 adult guides. Every 10-12 miles there will be a water/snack stop of about 10 minutes. At 20 miles will be a 2nd breakfast. At 40 miles will be lunch. It’s possible that each cell will be responsible for their finding and preparing their own meals; however, it’s our goal to have dedicated resource to organize and prepare the meals.
Upon reaching our destination each day, each rider will first be required to set up their campsite, address any bike maintenance issues, and get organized for the next day. Each day there will be a cooking and cleaning team assigned to prepare breakfast and dinner for the entire group! A student and adult may find themselves doing this activity more than one time during the week.
After breakfast and dinner there will be a devotional, brief operational session, and safety tip. At the end of each day there will be a debrief.
Each group will depart each day no later than 8 a.m.
Each rider must have a bike that is outfitted with the following:
- A rear pannier rack
- A minimum of two rear waterproof panniers. In one pannier they will carry their sleep system and in the other their clothes and personal items for the week.
- Adult riders might find it to be advantageous to have front mounted panniers for additional carrying capacity.
- A utility bag under their seat, top tube, or handle-bars containing a spare tube, patch kit, sunscreen, and tools to change a tire and energy bars.
- Two water bottle cages and bottles
- Durable tires
- Tire pump
- Cell Phones should have the app – RideWithGPS
- A 20 milliamp solar powered battery, (Ankler?) is recommended to be carried to recharge cell phones.
- Backpacks, although discouraged, may be worn provided they are lightweight and have only light clothes in them. The rider does not want to overheat or be top heavy.