Face of America Liberty
A New Inclusive Bicycle and Hand Cycle Ride along the Hudson River Valley
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.
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.
On October 9, 2016, the second Face of America Liberty bicycle and hand cycle ride will be taken by a team of dedicated adaptive and able-bodied athletes. The 58-mile, one-day route along the western bank of the Hudson River offers an immensely satisfying experience that demonstrates the healing power of sports. Each participant and volunteer will be encouraged by the organizers to offer suggestions and comments that can improve the experience in coming years.
For the 2016 Face of America Liberty, participation is limited to 25 motivated athletes as ride organizers continue to evaluate selected routes. With an eye toward growing the event in coming years, participants will be encouraged to offer suggestions and impressions. They also are invited to join the volunteer organizing committee for 2017 and beyond.
Athletes in the Face of America Liberty will include active duty and retired military, first responders and civilians. Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports events, the ride welcomes 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.
As in 2015, very limited logistical support will be provided to participating athletes. Riders must be self-sufficient and capable of riding long distances in a single day. The route includes some busy streets and highways, so riders must be comfortable riding in traffic. Transfer by ferry to Manhattan Island is the responsibility of the athlete. No on-course mechanical and technical support will be available, other than the riders.
World T.E.A.M. Sports will offer participants limited rest stop support along the route. Return transportation to West Point following the ride conclusion in Manhattan will be available upon request at ride check-in. Athletes from outside the West Point and Manhattan region are encouraged to reserve overnight lodging for Saturday prior to the event.
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