May 2018
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Don't miss our worthwhile annual FUNdraising event.
There are just a few spots left, so sign up now to reserve your participation and purchase your collectable jersey or T shirt.
Starting fee of $75 supports our non-profit cause.

You'll find all details, routes, support info, jerseys, map, FAQs and

lots of extra goodies here.

Pre-registration closes on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1:00 a.m. Starting fee $75.
Same-day registration is possible only if spots are still available on the day of the event. Starting fee: $100 per person (cash or credit card only) on a “first come, first served” basis.

Join us! on this beautiful ride through Santa Cruz County's expansive strawberry fields and be part of the fun.
Applications still open for Armenia program
 
Don't miss this unforgettable trip through beautiful Armenia. Visit ancient monasteries and tour unspoiled, breathtaking countryside. Enjoy spectacular views of legendary Mount Ararat and much more. This year's itinerary dips into neighboring Nagorno Karabakh.
 
​Dates: June 15 – 27, 2018.
Is this trip right for you? Read this insider's view.
Travel report: Armenia 2017 program
by Frank Pritchard

My wife Vita and I still reminisce fondly about the Armenia tour last year, 2017. We were a small group of 10, which was just the perfect size for a cycling tour through a country unspoiled by mass tourism. Vita and I have participated in probably 20 or more CCE programs over the years, including Russia, Poland, Chile, Turkey, Italy, eastern Europe, England and Spain. But honestly, Armenia is one of the best experiences we've had to date. It was exactly the kind of simple but truly authentic adventure we love in order to explore out-of-the-way destinations and be utterly charmed and humbled by ancient traditions of hospitality.

The countryside of Armenia is breath­taking­ly beaut­iful. What a joy to be greeted in small vil­lages by child­ren, farmers and other country folks with cries of “Welcome! Do you like Armenia?”. People were inter­ested, cur­ious and seemed excited to see us. Some of them even opened their homes for a cup of coffee and home­made goodies. Armenia is a moun­tain­ous country, so cycling was some­times chal­leng­ing but entire­ly manage­able. (And allow me to men­tion that I'm 75 and my wife is 66.) SAG support was available when needed.

Armenia's long history is fascinating, albeit not without tragedy. The tour included a well-spent morning at the sobering Armenian Genocide Museum in the capital Yerevan — not to be missed. Our fluently English-speaking hosts were proud and happy to help us understand so much about their country, which is exceptionally rich in cultural and historic sites. Particularly impressive are the ancient Eastern Orthodox Christian monasteries. Spending 10 intensive days travelling, cycling, discussing and sharing meals brought us all together in a meaningful and lasting way. Friendships — including a romance (!) — were formed. We just can't say enough good things about this unforgettable experience. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Armenia!

If you have questions about this year's program, please feel free to call us, Frank and Vita Pritchard, 831.818.56.56 or email.

CCE Programs 2018
 
Applications for this year's California and Armenia programs are still open.  
Cyclists for Cultural Exchange is a non-profit with a purpose:
Furthering peace and international understanding through exchanges among people
with a common interest in cycling.

Strawberry Fields Forever is an annual fundraising event that provides
the resources distributed in support of our mission.