I wanted to update this post and let you know my two trips in Feb and March went very well and I was overwhelmed with not only how authentic these trips were but the impact of giving the bikes to this local church had on not only the members but with the riders that gave them away.
My first trip was testing the waters with some friends and working out the kinks and we had so much fun exploring Havana with our bikes. we had great rides, good workouts, great places to see and the experience of Cuba before it changes. It's going to take a while for it to change, they just don't have the infrastructure yet, but it will happen.
The second tour was with a group of young 28 to 30 year old young men who owned businesses in Venice Beach Ca. I was so impressed with their giving and kind spirits when they gave the bikes to the local pastor. Don't get me wrong, we had fun and hit the town and clubs, but in the end it was about helping some neighbors 90 miles from my bike shop. I have new dates posted on my website if you are interested would love to have you enjoy the experience and help some new friends of mine.