Over the past two years, Travis Collins has taken biking to a new level by accumulating around 15,000 miles, 1,000 hours, and climbing an elevation equaling 21 trips up and down Mt. Everest! Travis considers road biking to be so much more than a hobby. To him,“it is a journey, an outlet, and a blessing.” Recently, a desire to contribute to the world around him has led the cyclist to ride in honor of Free for Life International.
Travis’ goal is to bike a total distance of 200 miles in one day. This may seem outlandish for some, but with a lot of preparation, Travis has high hopes of accomplishing this goal. “I will, for this day, dedicate my body and mind to these brave souls who have endured to worst humanity has to offer.”
“I regard the pain I experience [on this ride] as a candle in the dark; a tribute to those who suffer in a different manner. A reminder of the evil that lurks among us, and how we must stay strong to overcome it.”
—— Post Race Update ——
Travis completed his Ride for Freedom on September 23rd, 2017. In total, it took him 12 hours and 31 minutes to ride 200.7 miles. Over the course of this incredible ride, he reached nearly 8,000 feet of elevation! While completing this challenging endeavor, Travis remained strong by keeping the trafficking survivors he was riding in honor of at the forefront of his mind. We are so inspired by Travis’ commitment to both cycling and freedom. Congrats, Travis!
A special thanks from Travis: If it were not for those in my life who support my goals and help me get stronger, I would not be half the man I am today. I give thanks to my family in accepting my passion. I give thanks to a shimmering vessel of love and beauty that is my significant other and all her kind words of support. Continued thanks to local cycling clubs Ride615 Development, The Domestiques, The Veloteers, and the Nashville cycling community for being the awesome bunch that we are. Finally, a big thanks for the crew at Free For Life International and their willingness to take this idea and make it a reality. These friendships mean the world to me and I am thrilled to see what the future has in store for all of us.