The MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride takes place on the third Saturday in September, with this year's ride being on September 18, 2021. The ride is designed to provide an enjoyable bicycling experience for people at all fitness levels. The Flatlander is a benefit for Mennonite Central Committee.
We take ready access to clean water for granted, but many places in our world do not have that luxury. Each year the MCC Flatlander selects a project to provide
clean, sustainable water for a group of people. Again this year we are supporting a clean water project by MCC and country partner Christian Medical Action in the Bluefields area of Nicaragua. Previous well-building and sanitation projects in the same region have reduced incidence of disease.
Our $10,000 goal will help build wells and latrines at eight more schools, providing safe water and sanitation for more than 2,000 community members. It’s not just about water. Around Bluefields, providing water is traditionally part of women and girls’ roles, so lack of clean water falls hardest on them. It takes their time and energy, causing conflict and increasing women’s vulnerability to abuse. Making clean water accessible and teaching gender equity can greatly improve lives.
Our goal this year is $10,000.
The 2020 virtual Flatlander raised a total of $8,460 for MCC.
Riders are encouraged to ask friends, coworkers, etc., for contributions for the
Flatlander and/or to make a personal contribution above the registration fee.
Contributions can be brought in the morning of the ride. Gift cards from Bicycle
Pedaler for $100, $60, and $40 will be given to the riders or families who raise the three highest amounts in contributions.
Contributions (checks made out to MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride) may be sent to MCC Flatlander Bike Ride, 5745 N. Oliver Rd, Newton, Kansas 67114.
Three main routes are planned, with lengths of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles. Also available is a family ride of 8-16 miles, depending on rider discretion. All routes will start from the MCC Center, off Highway 15 near 30th Street in North Newton (north of Bethel College).
What to Bring
Each participant should bring a bicycle, helmet, an extra tire tube, and water bottle.
Helmets are mandatory!
Register online at Bikereg.com/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride
The cost per adult rider is $30 (before Sept. 7) and $35 after. The cost for kids age 12 and under is $20 (before Sept. 7) and $25 after. Price includes SAG service, map, lunch and T-shirt. Register by Sept. 7 to be assured a T-shirt.
For More Information
contact: Ronn Peters