Primary Useful Links

Submit Entry Fee and Emergency Contact
How to Sign up as a Cyclist
Team World Vision Homepage
Reserve your Hotel Room at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles


Welcome to the Team World Vision Cycling Team. Brianna, DJ, Jono, and I are excited that you are joining us to partner with World Vision to raise money for clean water in the DR Congo.

Our first official ride as a group is Saturday, November 5th starting at 8:30 am at the bird refuge. We ask that you make at least 50% of the rides when participating in this event to build team community synergy. Group rides will be organized every Saturday morning (unless it gets rained out).

This year’s fundraising goal is to raise money for clean water for 40 people in the DR Congo. Every $50 raised is enough clean water for one person-that is a huge impact for a small amount! We will be sharing fundraising tips every week or so along the way.

Below, we have included some information:

  • Useful Links
  • Downloadable Files
  • Weekend Training Schedule
  • Notes from Lyndsey’s sermon on November 30, 2022 (See this section for WHY we are doing this event)
  • Need a Bike? (to be filled in with bikes for sale/bikes to borrow)

Information will be updated when necessary. This year we are also asking participants to pay $100 to enter the event to cover gas, first aid supplies, spare bike supplies, Emilio’s homemade snacks (so good!), supplies for the sag wagon, treats for our amazing sag wagon drivers, and a world vision clothing item (to be determined). Click on THIS LINK to submit the entry fee and emergency contacts for this event.

Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Emilio and Jono
(805) 319-8404 and (805) 886-3003

Useful Links

Submit Entry Fee and Emergency Contact
How to Sign up as a Cyclist
Team World Vision Homepage
Santa Barbara Oceanhills LA Marathon Page
Team World Vision Facebook Page
Team World Vision Store
World Vision Facts about the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Fundraising Resources
Youtube Video for use in Fundraising Letter
Strava Group

Downloadable Files

TWV-2023-Itinerary (Coming Soon)


Weekend Training Schedule

Weekly training rides will occur on Saturdays between November 5, 2022 and March 11, 2023.
Century ride will occur on March 18, 2023 – the day before the LA Marathon on March 19, 2023.

Updates to strava routes, start times, and start location coming soon. See the above download for the training schedule up to March 18, 2022.

November 5, 2022 (1 hour)
Start: 8:30 am @ Bird Refuge
November 12, 2022 (1 hour)
Start: 7:30 am @ 1002 Anacapa Street (Serve the City Day)
Plan: Ride North for 30 minutes and ride back to 1002 to help with Serve the City
Note(s): Serve the City starts at 8:30 am
November 19, 2022 (1.5 hours)
Start: 8:30 am @ Bird Refuge
Plan: Ride South for 45 minutes and ride back to Bird Refuge
Note(s): Official start! Hot chocolate, coffee, Emilio’s sourdough cookies and scones, and fruit will be provided as refreshments!
November 26, 2022 (1.5 hours)
– Thanksgiving weekend
Start: 8:30 am @ Bird Refuge
Plan: Ride South for 45 minutes and ride back to Bird Refuge
Note(s): Emilio, DJ, and Jono are not available
December 3, 2022 (10 miles)
December 10, 2022 (15 miles)

Start: 8:30 am @ Bird Refuge
Plan: Bike down to Carpinteria State Beach and back
December 17, 2022 (20 miles)

Note(s): Christmas-themed bike ride!
December 24, 2022 (25 miles) – Christmas 🙂
Start: On your own
Plan: Move the 25-mile to fit around the busy Christmas schedule
Note(s): Check GroupMe chat for people planning group rides throughout the week
December 31, 2022 (30 miles)

Start: 8:30 am @ Bird Refuge
Plan: Bike north through Hope Ranch and along the bike path toward UCSB. Head back on the 192
January 7, 2022 (40 miles)

January 14, 2022 (45 miles)

January 21, 2022 (50 miles)

Start: 8:00 am @ Bird Refuge
Strava: Bike down to Ventura County Air Force Base and get a ride back (with the church vans)
January 28, 2022 (55 miles)
February 4, 2022 (60 miles)
February 11, 2022 (65 miles)
February 18, 2022 (70 miles)

Start: TBD
Plan: Ride in wine country
February 25, 2022 (75 miles)
March 4, 2022 (80 miles)
March 11, 2022 (60 miles)
March 18, 2022 (100 miles)

Start: 6:30 am @ Bird Refuge
Strava: Loop around to UCSB, back around the 192 to the bird refuge and down to Trencas Market in Malibu

Sermon from Oceanhills (November 30, 2022)

Youtube Link

-Women and children have dropped jerrycans and stopped life-threatening daily walks and let them trade them for school books and business plans.
-Men restored, marriages revived. Men in the DR Congo abandon their families and beat their wives and their kids because of the pressure of extreme poverty. Clean water frees men of this impact as well.
-World Vision partnered with the UN in 2016 that they are going to try to reach everyone everywhere they work to reach 50 million people. As of 2022, 25 million people have been reached because of us.
-When we started as a church in 2014, sixteen hundred kids were dying every day under the age of 5 due to things like diarrhea-today it is 800.

  • Half the mothers that aren’t crying
  • Half the kids that aren’t dying

-In the next 5 years, World Vision has a plan in place for 200,000 more people in the DR Congo to receive clean water.

Story about WHY we are doing this:
Story about Patricia (18-year old that lives with her grandma and she loves school). At 16, she was making four trips about 3 km every trip to get water from a stream, and she carried a 20 liter jerrycan on her head. The water looked clean, but it was contaminated because animals used the stream as a bath and bathroom.

Additionally, there were boys and men who deliberately stand on her path and harass and threaten her. Some of them even told her that they would carry her water for her if she would just sleep with them-every day, four times a day. One day, Patricia had to go on more trips than usual, and she gave in, got pregnant, and was expelled from school. Under the weight of motherhood and water challenges, she slipped into depression.

This year (2022) World Vision implemented a well 200 meters from her home, and she is now back in school and has a healthy baby! This is our impact on the communities in the DR Congo

Stories about Democratic Republic of the Congo

Where Emilio stopped looking
A great podcast episode specific to the ECC and the DR Congo
Forced to flee: Top countries refugees are coming from (July 22, 2022)
What is a refugee? (September 8, 2022)
5 worst spots for hunger (April 4, 2022)
Peace on earth: Pray for people in conflict hot spots (November 22, 2021)
Democratic Republic of the Congo volcano: Facts and how to help (May 28, 2021)
Matthew 25: Prayer for refugees, disaster survivors (May 12, 2021)
10 worst countries for access to clean water (April 8, 2020)
6 of the worst disasters in 2019 (November 26, 2019)
What you need to know about child labor in photos (June 22, 2021)
DRC conflict: Facts, FAQs, and how to help (July 23, 2019)
7 of the worst disasters in 2018 (December 26, 2018)
Life frames: Our favorite photos of 2018 (December 10, 2018)
2018 life frames: Storytelling from World Vision photographers (October 18, 2018)
The importance of play when violence displaces childhood (August 6, 2018)

Need a Bike?

Emilio is selling two bikes. One that was built for his dad (the blue one) and a 54 cm Canondale Caad13. Let Emilio (805-319-8404) know if you or somebody you know is interested. You can ride the bikes at one of our group rides to test it out. I also have a few different saddles for you to try to see if they are comfortable and extra 32 mm gatorskin tires that I could send your way!

Other people might have a spare bike that you can use. Let us know how tall you are, and we can check with people at Oceanhills.

Canondale Caad13 (54 cm)
Includes spare front chainrings (for a compact 50/34 setup), spare deraileur hangars, and replacement brake pads.

Custom Bike (6’0″ – ~6’4″)
I built/welded it for my dad, but it is too big for both of us because we have longer legs and shorter arms. I also built the wheels with the help of Jon Jones 3-4 years ago. The wheels and frame have gotten very little use since then. I have ridden the bike at most 10 miles.

Steel frame
Tektro brake levers
Bar end shifters
10-speed 105 rear derailleur
Shimano Acera front derailleur
2x 48/32 front chainrings
Shimano Deore v-brakes
32 mm Continental Gatorskin Tires
44 mm wide drop handlebars