Two Shining Seas

Riders in the eastern United States

World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Sea to Shining Sea Ride 2010

Be Inspired by the Incredible Cross-Country Journey

Two Shining Seas: A New Documentary Film by Austin Smithard

Veteran director and cinematographer Austin Smithard brings to the screen a breathtaking new odyssey of 18 wounded warriors from America’s Armed Forces on a cross-country journey to discover the nation they gave so much for in the line of duty. From the shores of San Francisco near the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to the warm sunny sands of Virginia Beach, Virginia, these disabled veterans and their able-bodied colleagues pedaled across North America, “from sea to shining sea.”

Chris Frost 2010

Sgt. Chris Frost during the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Photograph copyright 2010, Austin Smithard.

Over 64 days, the cyclists traveled an astounding 3,687 miles through 12 states and Washington, D.C. Along the way, they met with challenges and difficulties, faced their own fears, and learned to trust and support one another as a team. Through snowstorms, rain, heat of desert, hostile traffic, and miles of lonely wilderness, the riders found that the heart of America is not the country’s majestic scenery, but the people who proudly call themselves Americans.

For these American heroes, the athletic accomplishment of crossing the country by bicycle, recumbent and hand cycle is surpassed by the warm support they received from the people in the small towns, communities and large cities they passed on their journey. Their disabilities they received in support of their country are badges of the cost of freedom and democracy. It is what makes Americans American.

Two Shining Seas” is a documentary film that captures this strong bond between Americans, who, in the face of adversity, pull together and work as a team no matter their politics. It is a celebration of the true American spirit.

Sea to Shining Sea 2010 Monarch Pass Colorado

Riders celebrate the crossing of the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, Colorado during the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride. Photograph by Van Brinson. (Above image of riders in the morning fog is also by Van Brinson.)

Arlington, Virginia-based World T.E.A.M. Sports, the national events management organization behind the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride across America, is the proud organizer of inclusive sporting events for disabled and able-bodied athletes worldwide. Among our events is the annual Face of America bike ride from Washington to Gettysburg, the annual Adventure TEAM Challenge multi-team event in Colorado, the successful Soldiers to the Summit Nepal Expedition in October, 2010 and the 2009 Coastal Team Challenge along the coast of Washington State. In the two decades of managing inclusive events, World T.E.A.M. Sports has also managed two climbs of Africa’s Kilimanjaro, a Vietnam Challenge including wounded warriors from America and Vietnam, and an epic ride around the world. The 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride was sponsored by State Farm.

A native of the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England, Austin Smithard learned about film making from acclaimed director Stephen Spielberg. Smithard’s first picture, “The Scream,” was produced by Spielberg in 2000. Smithard worked with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Company as a writer before launching a successful career as a director and cinematographer for numerous television commercials. In addition to commercials, the southern California filmmaker also directed documentaries, such as “Marine One – The Presidential Flight,” about the helicopter and the Marine crew for the President of the United States.

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