ZOE Cycling Events to End Child Trafficking 

The ZOE Cycling Events to End Child Trafficking bring together individuals, companies and groups in a unified goal to bring awareness to the issue of child trafficking as well as raise funds to help ZOE International bring rescue and restoration to children. Child trafficking is a worldwide problem and is the human rights issue of our day.

Upcoming Cycling Events

Road of Justice – October 2025 (Date to be Determined)

ZOE International will participate in a Road of Justice cycling event
on the West Coast in 2025. For more information and questions, contact Lori Ortenzi.

 

Race Across America – June 2025

ZOE International will participate in RAAM 2025
as an 8-man cycling team. For more information and questions,
contact ZOE International Eastern USA Regional Director, Brad Ortenzi. 

Why Cycling?

ZOE’s Cycling events came about when Brad and Lori Ortenzi had a desire to help fundraise for the new ZOE Home for Youth that was to open in Los Angeles in 2021.

We were avid cyclists and living in Thailand at the time,” said Brad and Lori. “We thought, what if we planned a coast-to-coast cycling event – which became the first Road of Justice in 2018 – and invite people to come with us and raise awareness about human trafficking and empower people to be fundraisers for ZOE.

The 2018 Road of Justice started in Virginia and finished in Santa Monica. “Over 45 cyclists biked 3,800 miles, in over 46 riding days,” said Brad. “Some rode for a day, some rode for weeks or months. We raised close to $300,000 that year. We realized then we had something that could work for ZOE.”

In 2019, ZOE entered an 8-man cycling team in Race Across America (RAAM). For 39 years, the RAAM has become a global icon, challenging ultra-cyclists from over 35 countries to push their physical and mental limits to the utmost. “We started the race in Oceanside and finished in Maryland,” said Brad. “We biked 3,000 miles in 6 days and 5 hours and came in third place. We averaged 20.3 miles an hour for 3,000 miles and climbed 100,000 feet. Together the team raised over $175,000 to help fight human trafficking.”

In 2020, a Road of Justice team rode 8 days on the East Coast, from Maine to Pennsylvania. It was a difficult ride but all cyclists rode to the end and raised funds for ZOE International.

In 2021, eight cyclists from Lancaster County Pennsylvania, and twelve crew members, all representing ZOE International, finished FIRST PLACE in the non-stop, 3,000-mile transcontinental relay race from California to Maryland, Race Across America (RAAM). The ZOE cycling team completed the race in 6 days and 27 minutes with an average speed of 21.03 mph while climbing over 100,000+ feet. This year the team raised over $400,000 for ZOE International.

In 2022, a Road of Justice team rode 6 days on the West Coast, from San Francisco, CA to Santa Clarita, CA. It was a beautiful ride along the coast but also a difficult ride. All cyclists rode to the end and raised funds for ZOE International.

In 2023, eight cyclists from Lancaster County Pennsylvania, and twenty crew members, all representing ZOE International, finished SECOND PLACE (with seven cyclists) in the non-stop, 3,000-mile transcontinental relay race from California to Maryland, Race Across America (RAAM). The ZOE cycling team completed the race in 6 days and down one cyclist (after a crash which was difficult and emotional for all of the riders).

In 2024, we are planning a West Coast Road of Justice ride, from Imperial Beach to Santa Barbara, CA.

In 2025, we are planning to join the Race Across America team again. Stay tuned.