Pedal the Pacific 2020. We are so excited that you are here.

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Hello! We are stoked that you’re interested in being a part of the fourth year of Pedal the Pacific and using your voice to fight for some of the most vulnerable children in our country. We know that sex trafficking is such a complex, overwhelming issue and many of us fall prey to believing that our voice is too small to make any kind of difference. Well, Pedal the Pacific exists to prove that wrong.

The 24 of us who have completed this journey before you believe it to be completely life-changing and quite possibly the most rewarding experience of our lives, which is why we are so excited to see Pedal the Pacific continue on. If you’re not a cyclist, don’t run away. There is no cycling experience required to join this team. In fact, we prefer it that way! That’s why we call ourselves “hilariously un-athetlic.” The purpose is that we are doing something so far outside of our comfort zones, that everyone who knows us can’t help but say “You?! Doing what?!” and then ask the question we want them to ask, which is “why?” - our bikes themselves aren’t going to end sex trafficking. But they will do one important, single thing, which is to open the door for powerful conversations about sex trafficking that is happening here in America.

Please be aware that this trip is extremely physically demanding and will require a lot of your time and energy to successfully prepare - about as much as a part time job. It is important that you are honest with yourself about how much time you can truly commit to both training and fundraising. PTP is a self-supported ride, so you will be camping every night and carrying nearly 40 pounds of gear on your bike while cycling 1,700 HILLY miles so we want to be sure you will have the time to train.

Please read the following requirements and expectations, and if you would still like to apply, be on the lookout for 2020 applications to be released on August 29th! We are so excited to hear from you!

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 19-23 years old by June of 2020.

    • If in college, you must have completed your freshman year by June of 2020.

  • Must be available for the entirety of June 11 - July 25, 2020

  • Must be available to travel to Austin, Texas for the team retreat January 17-20.

  • Cannot study abroad Spring 2020

EXPECTATIONS

  • Individual fundraising goal: $5,000 by finish line in San Diego

  • Amount to be raised before June 11 (launch day): $2,000

    • We will equip you with the tools you need to fundraise successfully, but if you do not raise the minimum goal by the end of the ride, you will be required to make up the difference.

  • Personal cost

    • You will be required to provide all personal gear needed to complete the trip. Once chosen as a part of the 2020 team, we will provide you with a list of needed gear. This includes but is not limited to:

      • All-City Space Horse Disk bike.
        You will need to bring $1,000 (upgraded and discounted thanks to our friends all All-City and Cycleast) to the team retreat in January to purchase your beautiful new bike

      • All clothing except jerseys. That means you are responsible for your bike shorts, socks and mountain bike shoes

      • Bike gear: cell phone holder, saddle bag, handlebar bag, flat tire repair kit, touring tires, bike lights

      • Camping gear: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, utensils, headlamps

      • Etc: flights to Seattle and from San Diego 

 
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APPLICATION PROCESS

Please note: dates are subject to change

August 29: Applications released!
(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

September 29: Last day to submit applications
*no late applications will be accepted, sorry!

October 7-14: First round of interviews with girls from the 2018-2019 teams
*bring your questions about time commitment, training, fundraising, general realities of being a part of PTP, etc. They’re here to answer your questions too!

October 21: First round decisions sent out
*due to the number of applications we receive, we unfortunately will not be able to invite all applicants to the second round

October 24-November 14: Second round of interviews with the co-founders
*Savannah and Grace here, we promise we aren’t scary!

November 18: Offer letters sent out

November 23: Decisions due

November 24: 2020 team announced!
(!!!!!!!!!!!!! x1000)

January 17-20: Team retreat in Austin, TX
*Please note that the team retreat is over MLK weekend, from 5pm on Friday, January 17th - 10am on Monday, January 20th. (!!!!!!!!!!!! x9000)

Other Important Dates:

June 11: Arrive in Seattle

July 25: Finish Line in San Diego

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