Cyclists for Cultural Exchange
A message from co-founder Frank Pritchard
I hope you’ve been enjoying the good cycling weather we’ve had this fall and—to my fellow Californians—also the much needed rain we’ve gotten recently.
It’s my great pleasure to announce our upcoming annual Strawberry Fields Forever FUNdraiser event scheduled for Sunday, 19 May 2019. See details below. It will be our 30th anniversary benefit ride, which I’m very excited about, and we want to make it really special. Our team captains have already begun planning additional features and activities, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Please send us your ideas, suggestions and any comments you may have, and we’ll be happy to incorporate as many as we can. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Registration opens January 1.
Until then, stay safe, happy holidays, and I hope to see you all next May.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Planning is well underway for next year’s 30th annual FUNndraising event, and we’re in the mood to celebrate!
It will be tons of fun with outrageously scenic cycling for our worthwhile cause. We’ve got lots of extra goodies planned, including of course a very special custom-designed collectible jersey and T-shirt.
Save the date: Sunday, 19 May 2019.
You’ll find all details, routes, support info, maps, and FAQs here as our planning evolves. Got ideas? Suggestions? Send them to us and we’ll incorporate as many as we can.
Pre-registration starts on January 1.
Early-bird registration before March 15: Starting fee of $70.00 supports our non-profit mission and includes a free buff/do rag with same artwork as our 30th anniversary jersey.
Registration after March 15: Starting fee of $80.00 includes the free buff. We’re holding our price on jerseys at $65.00/$70.00 and tees $18.00/$20.00 pre-ordered/same day.
Join us! on this beautiful ride through miles of Santa Cruz County’s famous strawberry fields and be part of the celebration.
Applications now open for Armenia 2019 program
Don’t miss it! We’re repeating our unique and unforgettable tour through beautiful Armenia again this year. It’s truly not to be missed. Visit ancient Christian Orthodox monasteries and experience authentic hospitality in unspoiled, breathtaking countryside. Enjoy spectacular views of legendary Mount Ararat and so much more. This year’s itinerary dips into neighboring Nagorno Karabakh.
Dates: 14 – 26 June 2019.
Is this tour for you? Read our inspiring travel report.
Applications open Jan 1 for California 2019 program
Friday, 17 May, to Saturday, 1 June 2019
This challenging bicycle adventure will take us from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, the Russian River, coastal California including Sonoma county, Point Reyes, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco. Accommodations will be tent camping, homestays and hostels. Cost are covered by CCE, and participants are required to do volunteer work for the SFF FUNdraiser.
This is a group effort where the entire cycling team pitches in to cook, load, set up camp and whatever else is needed to make the trip successful.
What do past participants say about their experiences on CCE programs?
Read these informative reports.
Australia 2018. We started at the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, and cycled along Australia’s eastern coast to Sydney. [More]
Italy 2018. 400 miles from Venice to Pisa, featuring a daily cultural experience in a country brimming with historical sights. [More]
Cuba 2018. Our local hosts Ana-Beatriz and her friends led us on a lovely and memorable ride from Gibara to Guardalavaca. Roberto joined us back to Holguin with several of his riding buddies. [More]
Armenia 2017. A uniquely simple but truly authentic adventure to explore an out-of-the-way destination and be utterly charmed and humbled by ancient traditions of hospitality. [More]
The Golden Ring of Russia 2013. Historic architecture, music, food, and demonstrations of traditional lifestyle and vocations with timely stops at many points of interest and spectacular sights. [More]
What else have we got planned?
Portugal, the “hidden gem” of cycling
This scenic and exciting tour in a land of incredible contrasts will be managed by Scott Wilson on the USA side and led by professional tour guide Rosita Menghi on the local side.
Cuba on bamboo bikes, a real adventure
Ever ridden on a bamboo bike? Experience the beautiful tropical island guided by our local friends Ana-Beatriz, Roberto and some of their riding buddies to get a real feel for this fascinating country.
Sicily, crossroads of the Mediterranean
This scenic adventure will highlight the spectacular historic and cultural richness of Italy’s largest island. It will be managed by Scott Wilson on the USA side and led by professional tour guide Rosita Menghi on the local side.
Stayed tuned and check our website for additional information as it becomes available. We’ll announce more programs as they develop.