America’s Most Inspiring Bicycle and Hand Cycle Rides
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America and Face of America Liberty bring together adaptive and able-bodied athletes for challenging bicycle and hand cycle journeys that honor and respect military veterans who were injured or disabled during their service.
These inclusive rides show the participating adaptive athletes that their sacrifices and dedication to their nation are appreciated by a grateful public. These exceptional athletes are welcomed back into society through support from other veterans, active-duty military, and civilians. In return, these adaptive athletes show participating able-bodied riders and the general public that they can accomplish remarkable athletic feats and are ready to take on new challenges.
By actively participating in these events, adaptive athletes build and renew deep friendships and create valuable social connections that will help them successfully manage difficult times. Encouragement and support from others can make a meaningful difference in an adaptive athlete’s life, who sometimes struggle with circumstances beyond their control from injury, illness or genetics.
Through more than a decade of rides, thousands of athletes have found Face of America and Face of America Liberty to bring meaning and clarity to their lives. Many athletes return year after year, to support, mentor and welcome new adaptive athletes.
Routes: Classic – Arlington, Virginia to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Northern – Valley Forge to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Dates: April 28-30, 2017
Years Held: 2000-2017
Registration Opens: Early November, 2016. Adaptive athlete qualification questionnaire opens October 31, 2016.
Sponsors and Partners (2016): American Portfolios Financial Services, Boost Oxygen, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brioni, Devens Recycling, Freshbikes, Penske Truck Rental, Punch’d Energy, Sila Solutions Group, SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Melting Pot of Wilmington Delaware, Three Wire Systems, Vedder Price, Veteran Corp of America, Road ID.
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ most popular bicycle and hand cycle ride, the fully-supported Face of America offers two routes for participating athletes. The Classic Route from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia travels 110 miles north in two days, overnighting in Frederick, Maryland, and ending in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Northern Route from Valley Forge travels 120 miles west in two days along rural southern Pennsylvania, overnighting in Lancaster and ending in historic Gettysburg. Both routes offer riders beautiful mid-Atlantic scenery and exceptional fellowship.
Adaptive athletes are invited to apply for a position in either Face of America route. Selected adaptive athletes ride at no cost, with meals and lodging included. First-time adaptive athletes are eligible for transportation assistance, including air or ground costs. All other riders pay a small registration fee, and then fundraise among family, friends, and colleagues to meet minimum amounts.
All proceeds from the ride pay for the costs of Face of America and for expenses associated with participating adaptive athletes. Any remaining funds are applied to other inclusive sporting events from nonprofit World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Route: West Point, New York to Manhattan, New York
Years Held: 2015
Sponsors and Partners: Penske Truck Rental.
Face of America Liberty debuted in October 2015, and offered participating athletes a 58-mile, one-day route along the picturesque Hudson River Valley from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the World Trade Center on Manhattan Island, New York.
Like the Face of America ride to Gettysburg, the Liberty ride recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of military veterans and first responders who have been injured or disabled in their service. Ending at the World Trade Center, the former Ground Zero following the September 2001 attacks on America, remembers not only the 2002 and 2003 official commemorative rides from World T.E.A.M. Sports, but also looks to the future and the cherished contributions veterans and first responders will provide to the nation. Society benefits from including individuals who may be considered disabled.
The 2015 ride was limited in the number of adaptive and able-bodied athletes, as the overall route is still in development. Participating athletes assist organizers in making critical decisions on future routing and developing rest stops. In addition, these inaugural athletes also volunteer to help World T.E.A.M. Sports build a larger event in the coming years.