Disabled Veterans Undertaking Epic Sea to Shining Sea Cross-Country Journey This Month

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, May 14, 2012: Wounded warrior participants of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride begin this month an inspiring two-month journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, passing through 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Sponsored by State Farm, the ride begins May 28 near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. From the Pacific Ocean, the riders will pass through cities large and small and stunning rural landscapes ranging from red-hued sandy deserts to snow-capped high mountains to thick woodlands to lush fields of wheat. With eleven days of rest over 65 days of the ride, the disabled veterans will see seven days of 100 or more miles, including one day of 125 miles in western Kansas. The most difficult day of all, however, may be the ride from Vail, CO to Denver on June 20, where the riders will cross two mountain passes, including the 11,990-foot Loveland Pass, nearly 700 feet higher than the high point of the inaugural Sea to Shining Sea ride in 2010.

Loveland Pass

Colorado's Loveland Pass west of Denver across the Continental Divide will provide a challenge for the wounded warriors. World TEAM Sports photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

The 2012 ride will follow much the same route as the first ride. Riding from San Francisco around the Bay, the riders will pass through northern California, across the Sierra Mountains to the desert ranges of Nevada, along the “Loneliest Highway.” Entering Utah, the team will head northeast to Salt Lake City and Park City. From the mountain resort in the Wasatch Mountains, the riders head east into northwestern Colorado, joining the Colorado River valley at Rifle.

From Rifle, the team rides east along the Colorado and Eagle Rivers to Vail, where the team faces its first pass of the Rocky Mountains, Vail Pass. Up and over the pass, the team will descend, only to climb more sharply to the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass. From the Divide, the team descends to Denver, where a day of rest allows recovery from the ascent of two passes.

Leaving Denver, the team rides south along the foothills to Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and then follows the Arkansas River valley the east, into Kansas. Crossing southern Kansas, the riders enter Missouri in its southwestern corner. The team will head northeast across the state to Saint Louis, where they will spend the Independence Day holiday.

After a two-day rest in Saint Louis, the riders head east through the green farmlands of southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Arriving in Cincinnati for a day of rest, the team then will head northeast to Pittsburgh. Following a day of rest in the Steel City, the riders then head east through southern Pennsylvania and western Maryland, arriving at the national capitol on July 21.

Following a day of rest, the riders head south to historic Richmond, VA and another day of rest and festivities. The team then heads east through Williamsburg to the ride’s conclusion at Virginia Beach on the Atlantic Ocean July 28.

Maryland Riders

Team members in western Maryland will enjoy gentle, rolling hills and low traffic. World TEAM Sports photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Along the route, numerous communities, organizations and official Sea to Shining Sea sponsors will provide special events, meals, and receptions, welcoming and honoring the participating wounded warriors. The public is invited to take part in the celebrations of this inspiring ride by meeting the riders as they pass through their communities. This year’s ride features live tracking of the team as they make their journey using GPS coverage provided by My Athlete.

The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride is supported through sponsorships by State Farm, American Portfolios, MWV, Dominion, the Semper Fi Foundation, the USO, BNY Mellon, General Electric, GM Fleet and Commercial, Brown Shoe Company and Famous Footwear, Energizer Holdings, Altria, EnerSys, Occidental Petroleum, Magaschoni Apparel, Penske Truck Rental, AR Capital, Vedder Price, the El Pomar Foundation, Recycle for People, and George Puskar.

For further information about the Sea to Shining Sea ride, visit the official ride website.

About World T.E.A.M. Sports

World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than 20 years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. In all our events – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both disabled and able-bodied participants. Four things always happen at our events: 1) Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness. 2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up physical activities. 3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. 4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. We change lives through sports.

Full Schedule for the 2012 Ride

May 28, 2012: San Francisco, CA to Petaluma, CA
May 29: Petaluma, CA to Fairfield, CA
May 30: Fairfield, CA to Ione/Jackson, CA
May 31: Ione/Jackson, CA to Kirkwood, CA
June 1: Kirkwood, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA
June 2: Rest Day

Through the deserts of Nevada and Utah, team members will see abandoned structures, including abandoned stage stops. World TEAM Sports photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

June 3: South Lake Tahoe, CA to Carson City, NV
June 4: Carson City, NV to Fallon, NV
June 5: Fallon, NV to Austin, NV
June 6: Austin, NV to Eureka, NV
June 7: Eureka, NV to Ely, NV
June 8: Rest Day
June 9: Ely, NV to Baker, NV
June 10: Baker, NV to Delta, UT
June 11: Delta, UT to Payson, UT
June 12: Payson, UT to Salt Lake City, UT
June 13: Rest Day
June 14: Salt Lake City, UT to Park City, UT
June 15: Park City, UT to Roosevelt, UT
June 16: Roosevelt, UT to Rangely, CO
June 17: Rangely, CO to Meeker, CO
June 18: Meeker, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO
June 19: Glenwood Springs, CO to Vail, CO
June 20: Vail, CO to Denver, CO
June 21: Rest Day
June 22: Denver, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
June 23: Colorado Springs, CO to Pueblo, CO
June 24: Pueblo, CO to Las Animas, CO
June 25: Las Animas, CO to Syracuse, KS
June 26: Syracuse, KS to Dodge City, KS
June 27: Rest Day

Andrew Jansen

Veterans such as Andrew Jansen will be making the cross-country journey. Photograph courtesy Andrew Jansen.

June 28: Dodge City, KS to Hutchinson, KS
June 29: Hutchinson, KS to Emporia, KS
June 30: Emporia, KS to Ottawa, KS
July 1: Ottawa, KS to Holden, MO
July 2: Holden, MO to California, MO
July 3: California, MO to Washington, MO
July 4: Washington, MO to St. Louis, MO
July 5-6: Rest Days
July 7: St. Louis, MO to Salem, IL
July 8: Salem, IL to Olney, IL
July 9: Olney, IL to Loogootee, IN
July 10: Loogootee, IN to Seymour, IN
July 11: Seymour, IN to Cincinnati, OH
July 12: Rest Day
July 13: Cincinnati, OH to Circleville, OH
July 14: Circleville, OH to New Concord, OH
July 15: New Concord, OH to Steubenville, OH/Weirton, WV
July 16: Steubenville, OH/Weirton, WV to Pittsburgh, PA
July 17: Rest Day
July 18: Pittsburgh, PA to Somerset, PA
July 19: Somerset, PA to Breezewood, PA
July 20: Breezewood, PA to Emmitsburg, MD
July 21: Emmitsburg, MD to Washington, D.C.
July 22: Rest Day
July 23: Washington, D.C. to Fredricksburg, VA
July 24: Fredricksburg, VA to Richmond, VA
July 25: Rest Day
July 26: Richmond, VA to Williamsburg VA
July 27: Williamsburg, VA to Chesapeake, VA
July 28: Chesapeake, VA to Virginia Beach, VA

Note: Route is subject to change. Download a PDF format ride schedule, including approximate mileage per day.