The 2017 Freedom Ride begins in Independence, Missouri and offers options ranging from 35-71.5 miles of country roads in Eastern Jackson County. The road route takes cyclists through Independence, Sibley, Buckner, and Wellington. The Freedom Ride is known for its mostly flat route and wonderful Support and Gear (SAG) stops!
The ride begins in the general parking lot of GEHA, located at Interstate I-70 and Little Blue Parkway in Independence, Missouri. Registration fees are $30 and must be received by 12 noon on June 30. Registration is $35 the day of the ride. Online registration will not be available after 12 noon on Friday, June 30. Additional donations are welcome. Any rider under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a helmet, water bottles, ID and emergency cash.
For 2017, we are offering the option for families to cycle the Little Blue Trace trail. Registration fees for adults are $30, children ages 8-16 are $5 and children 8 and under are free. There will be a cyclist to take you on the trail at 7:30 am.
Check-in begins at 6:30 AM and the ride starts at 7:30 AM.
Staffed rest stops will provide food, drinks and bathrooms or port-a-potties. Sibley Orchard and Tuscano's are a few of the most popular! July is typically hot, so stay well hydrated. If you have bike trouble or don’t feel like you can complete the ride for any reason, SAG vehicles are available to pick up riders and bikes. In case of rain, the Freedom Ride will be shortened to keep cyclists safe.