Face of America | Valley Forge 2017

Join Adaptive Veterans this April

National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ two-day Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to historic Gettysburg from Valley Forge is one of the most inspiring cycling events you’ll ever experience.

Face of America 2016

Face of America is inspiring for all athletes. Photograph by Tony Granata, 2016.

From the moment you climb onto your bike in this inclusive 125-mile ride, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fascinating people from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Face of America includes adaptive military veterans and civilians who live their lives with disabilities ranging from loss of limb to paralysis to blindness to Post-Traumatic Stress to Traumatic Brain Injuries. Many of these veterans actively served in wars and conflicts from Vietnam to Bosnia to the Gulf War to Afghanistan and Iraq. Active duty military, retired military veterans and civilians of all ages join the adaptive athletes on a cooperative and supportive journey through the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania. Overnighting in Lancaster, the ride continues to Gettysburg, where you’ll meet up with more than 500 athletes riding north from the Pentagon in Virginia. Together, you’ll loop through the historic downtown where President Lincoln stayed before the Gettysburg Address and then pedal through the solemn Civil War battlefields to a triumphant conclusion at the Gettysburg AllStar Expo Complex at the Eisenhower Hotel. It’s a journey you’ll not soon forget, and one you’ll want to repeat again and again in coming years.

Face of America 2017 Logo

Online registration for our April 28-30, 2017 Face of America will open to all rider and volunteer categories excepting adaptive athletes on Monday, November 7, 2016 – we’ll promote the web address through our website and social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Adaptive athletes can begin their application process today through completing our online application. Selected adaptive athletes will be invited in mid-December to participate in Face of America at no cost, including transportation assistance for first-time athletes, lodging and meals. All other category riders pay small registration fees and fundraise to support the cost of the ride and our participating adaptive athletes.

Since 1987, our Holbrook, New York-based non-profit has created and directed dozens of inclusive outdoor sporting events for adaptive and able-bodied athletes. From coast to coast and around the world, our organization’s cross-country bicycle rides, challenging team competitions, high mountain climbs, water sports challenges and events for athletes of all ages have changed lives through sports.

>>Learn more about Face of America.

>>Adaptive Athlete online questionnaire and application. Complete today for consideration.