Wheels4Water Ride for Clean Water
Join the 2020 team on a charity bike ride in Cambodia.
“The best nine days of my life.”
— Mike Fredericks, Wheels4Water 2018 Team
Join other Christian cyclists on a charity bike ride with a purpose. Cycle across Cambodia and bring clean water and a better future to families living in extreme poverty.
Every 60 seconds, a child dies from a preventable waterborne disease. It’s happening today in rural villages in Cambodia. Together, we can change that!
Lifewater is now taking applications for our 2020 Ride for Clean Water.
Ride for a reason. Ride for clean water in Cambodia. Apply today!
WHEN: January 23rd – February 1st, 2020
OUTFITTING FEE: $2,900 ($800 deposit to secure spot)
AIRFARE/TRAVEL AGENT/TRAVEL INSURANCE: $2,000 (est.)
WHY RIDE FOR CLEAN WATER
The 2020 Ride for Clean Water is a unique way to raise awareness and funds for clean water. Your ride from Angkor Wat to the Gulf of Thailand will fund an entire village water project in Cambodia, bringing clean water, improved health, and a better future to hundreds of children and families.
Each participant/household on the 2020 Ride for Clean Water commits to raising $10,000, enough funds to serve a village of 200 people in Cambodia.
Our team will be cycling the 8-day Angkor Wat to Gulf of Thailand Route. Learn more about the route here.
The dates for the 2020 Ride for Clean Water are Thursday, January 23rd through Saturday, February 1st. Before the ride, you are invited to join us on a 2-day Vision Trip (January 21 – 23) to see Lifewater’s work in Cambodia (Vision Trip cost: $300).
If you are participating in the optional Vision Trip, you will need to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport no later than January 21st. Ride-only participants should arrive on January 23rd before noon. Departures can be planned anytime on February 1st from Sihanoukville International Airport.
For more details about the daily ride schedule and optional pre-ride activities, download the 2020 Ride for Clean Water itinerary.
COST FOR THE RIDE
- $2,900 Outfitting Fee for Grasshopper Adventures ($800 deposit to secure spot)
- $2,000 (est) Airfare/Travel Agent/Travel Insurance
- Cambodian Visa: $30 (paid upon arrival to Cambodia)
Estimated Total Cost to Ride: $5,030
For more information on the ride details, route, incentives, packing list, and next steps, download the information packet.
Every day, hundreds of millions of people are impacted by the global water and sanitation crisis. Together, unsafe water and the inaccessibility of basic sanitation are leading contributors to extreme poverty.
Over 579 million people worldwide are drinking unsafe water from hand-dug wells, ponds, swamps, rivers, and springs. Contaminated water causes disease and even death, especially among children.
At Lifewater, our staff work alongside villages, visiting every home to ensure that families learn life-saving health practices and working together to engineer custom, long-lasting safe water sources for every community.
Since 2014, Wheels4Water participants have raised over $750,000, serving more than 19,500 people with clean water, health, and hope for generations to come.
Your ride can make an impact on the global water and sanitation crisis today.
“The ride was the best nine days of my life. We accomplished something huge, way outside of what we could have done on our own, [and] we had a bigger purpose, something beyond.”
— MIKE FREDERICKS, Wheels4Water 2018
“It has been an amazing journey to take on as a couple and in sharing with our kids. To have our entire family learn about the world water crisis and how we can have an impact partnering with Lifewater in a way that can changes lives and help start generations of change, is simply put…awesome.”
— JUSTIN AND SARAH AHRENS, Wheels4Water 2015-2018
“My Wheels4Water journey gave me a perspective for friendship and the beauty of cycling, and I continue to be touched with how a 10 day slice of time can impact so many people, myself included. ”
— Dave Weller, Wheels4Water 2017 & 2019
“Participating in Wheels4Water has been life changing. I never imagined that I would be riding across the US or raising tremendous financial support for the communities we ride for. God had other plans…”
— Tony Narducci, Wheels4Water 2015 – 2018
“The experience with Lifewater and WheelsforWater for me has been life changing. This opportunity once again has shown me it is better to give than receive.”
— RHETT LAUFENBURGER, Wheels4Water 2017
“Lifewater and Wheels4Water are absolutely amazing organizations to work with! Through them I have formed brotherhood bonds with other men and helped raise enough money to provide clean water and save thousands of lives in Ethiopia.”
— CHRIS ORZA, Wheels4Water 2018
“I have been on several of the Wheels4Water trips and it has been an amazing experience. I love combining my passion for cycling with raising support for communities in such desperate need of clean water and sanitation education.”
— Brian MacDonald, Wheels4Water 2015-2018
I’m worried about the fundraising. Do you offer any assistance?
We have found that including others in your fundraising commitment is a very rewarding and community-building experience, and we encourage you to let others know what you’re doing! Lifewater will help you through the fundraising process and provide a personalized fundraising webpage where you can track online donations and send emails to supporters.
We are also available to provide ideas, answers to questions, and support for fundraising along the way. Ultimately, however, the commitment and responsibility is yours. This commitment helps us plan with confidence for the villages we serve and ensure meaningful engagement from each participant on the tour.
What vaccinations or immunizations do I need before entering Cambodia?
We recommend that you check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. We highly recommend you are up to date with your hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and tetanus. For current Health information for travel to Cambodia, visit the Center for Disease Control website.
What is the difficulty level of this tour?
This is not an extremely difficult tour, and much of it involves enjoying the Cambodian countryside and the unique cultural landmarks along the way. You should, however, be able to ride between 15 – 37 miles a day. Learn more about the mileage and what you will experience every day by downloading the itinerary here.
Is there an age limit?
If you are traveling alone, you must be 18 years of age. If you are traveling with a parent or guardian, you must be 16 years old.
What is included in the cost of the ride?
We have worked to include as much of the costs as possible into one flat fee. To see the full list of what’s included in your $2,900 outfitting fee, please download this information packet.
When is the total amount due?
To secure your spot on the team, you will need to make your $800 deposit. The remaining balance is due 2 months before your ride.
Are there any discounts?
We offer discounts for early sign ups and recruiting:
- $200 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by April 30th, 2019
- $150 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by May 30th, 2019
- $100 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by June 30th, 2019
- $50 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by August 31, 2019
- Recruiting Credit: For every person you successfully recruit to the team, you will receive $150 off your flat fee. Your name must be stated as the recruiter in writing when a new rider submits his or her application. Discounts will be applied upon payment in full from the recruited rider.
Safety and Gear
What gear is included?
Each cyclist will be provided with a bike, helmet, jersey, and a bike bag to store valuables as they ride for the duration of the tour.
Do I need insurance for this trip?
For your safety, we require all participants to hold travel insurance for the duration of the trip. Your insurance must include comprehensive medical and emergency evacuation. Our outfitter will request your insurance details before your arrival so that all information is readily accessible in the event of an emergency. Our outfitter recommends World Nomads (a great option).
What equipment/clothing will I need?
This tour includes a support vehicle to carry your luggage, but you will be required to carry your own luggage at certain times.
Check out the full packing list for this tour in the information packet.
What safety precautions and first aid are available during the ride?
All outfitter guides travel with a phone for making or receiving emergency calls. Our guides also have first aid training and carry a full first aid kit on the tour.
Route and Timeline
What route are you taking?
We will be cycling the 8-day Angkor Wat to Gulf of Thailand Route. Lifewater has partnered with Grasshopper Adventures, a respected operator based in Cambodia. Read the detailed route in our ride itinerary.
When would I need to arrive and depart for the ride?
You will need to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport no later than January 21, 2020 if you are participating in the Vision Trip. Ride-only participants should arrive on January 23, 2020 before noon. Departures can be planned anytime on February 1 from Sihanoukville International Airport.
Ride and Impact
How far will I ride each day?
You will ride between 15.5 and 37.3 miles a day. Learn more about the mileage and what you can expect by downloading the itinerary here.
Will I get to see the impact in the village that is sponsored through my ride?
Yes! You will get to see the impact you and your supporters make. We will follow up with information about the specific village you serve with the story and photos from one family in that community. You’ll even get to see pictures of the new water source once it is completed!
Can I bring a friend?
We encourage you to recruit others to go on this adventure with you. It will be a shared experience you will never forget. As an added bonus, you will get a $150 discount on your flat fee for every cyclist you successfully recruit to join you.
What’s the menu?
Cambodian food is as delicious as it is diverse. No matter where we are, you are sure to find something delicious and nutritious. From rural delicacies such as fried insects or grilled snails, to fish, rice, and fruit, Asia offers a culinary adventure for the foodie in you. Our tours include local snacks and meals along the way, and we always have water on tap for cyclists.
Generally speaking, our tours can cater for vegetarian and other diets, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.