Face of America Liberty

A New Inclusive Bicycle and Hand Cycle Ride along the Hudson River Valley

Face of America Liberty

For most Americans, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 will remain in their memories for a lifetime. The attacks upon America by radical terrorists have defined the young 21st century, and served to determine military and economic actions by nations throughout the world.

Team members at Face of America Liberty.

Riders at the 2015 Face of America Liberty. Photograph by Alex Rohman.

In September 2002 and 2003, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride served as the official commemorative ride in honor and memory of the victims of the attacks. More than 1,600 riders of all ages and backgrounds from the United States and supportive nations joined together as one team in two three-day rides from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

In recognition of these inspiring rides and the lives that were changed through participation, World T.E.A.M. Sports organizers created Face of America Liberty in 2015. Beginning at the United States Military Academy at West Point and traveling along the Hudson River to the new World Trade Center in Manhattan, Liberty honors military veterans who have been injured or disabled during their service.

Athletes in future Face of America Liberty rides will include active duty and retired military, first responders and civilians. Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports events, the ride will welcome both adaptive and able-bodied participants who are physically fit and able to ride a long distance in one day. Though there is no registration fee, each participant must be committed to raise funds in support of their ride through friends, family and colleagues.

In 2015, very limited logistical support was provided to participating athletes. Riders were self-sufficient and capable of riding long distances in a single day. The route includes some busy streets and highways, so riders needed to be comfortable riding in traffic. Transfer by ferry to Manhattan Island was the responsibility of the athlete. No on-course mechanical and technical support was available, other than the riders themselves.

World T.E.A.M. Sports offered participants limited rest stop support along the route. Return transportation to West Point following the ride conclusion in Manhattan was available upon request at ride check-in. Athletes from outside the West Point and Manhattan region were encouraged to reserve overnight lodging for Saturday prior to the event.


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