BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Holbrook, New York, March 14, 2012: World T.E.A.M. Sports’ second Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride features a number of new cities and communities along its 4,000 mile route from San Francisco to Virginia Beach, Virginia. In a tentative route itinerary released by the ride’s managing staff March 13, the participating 18 wounded warriors will pass through 13 states and the District of Columbia as they make their way from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean.
Starting in San Francisco on May 28, the riders will travel north and then east, following a route similar to the 2010 ride. Passing through Nevada on America’s “Loneliest Highway,” the riders will turn north to Salt Lake City, Utah the second week of June.
Traveling east from Salt Lake City, the riders will enter Colorado through the state’s northwestern corner, and then travel south to the Colorado River valley. There, the riders will ride east to the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass and descend into Denver.
From Colorado’s capital city, the riders will travel south past Pike’s Peak through Colorado Springs to the Arkansas River valley, then head east to Kansas and Dodge City. After a rest day in Dodge City, the wounded warriors ride east into Missouri, where they travel north to St. Louis in time for the city’s Fourth of July holiday. Following festivities in St. Louis, the riders head east through southern Illinois and Indiana in early July, arriving at Cincinnati, Ohio.
In the ride’s final weeks, the team will travel northeast through Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then east to Maryland and Washington, D.C., arriving in our nation’s capitol on July 22. From Washington, the riders are scheduled to travel south to Richmond, Virginia before the final rides to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. The ride comes to a conclusion on Saturday, July 28, when riders will dip their wheels into the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2010, the Sea to Shining Sea ride traveled through southern Nebraska and Iowa, passing through central Illinois and Indiana. The 2012 route is further south, bringing the riders to communities not included in the original ride.
The detailed itinerary for the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea is anticipated by early April. The full 2012 team of wounded warriors from our military will also be announced in early April. Final consideration and selection of candidates is currently underway by World T.E.A.M. Sports and ride senior staff.
The Sea to Shining Sea ride and its participating disabled servicemen and women will be supported by several national sponsors, including State Farm, which is serving as presenting sponsor. Additional national sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.