BY PAUL BREMER
Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, April 28, 2011 – This week, two World T.E.A.M. Sports wounded warriors were among those honored by former President George W. Bush on an exciting bike ride in his home state of Texas. Air Force Staff Sgt Scott Bilyeu and Marine Corporal Joshua Davis, both of whom rode World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bike ride, joined a dozen other wounded warriors invited by the President for a three-day, 100 kilometer mountain bike ride.
Called the Warrior 100K, the first-year ride from the Veterans Initiative of the George W. Bush Presidential Center took place in the spectacular mountainous region of Big Bend Ranch State Park in southwestern Texas. Nestled against the Rio Grande River, the Park offers a wide variety of demanding mountain bike terrain.
One of the President’s Secret Service agents, an experienced mountain biker, called the ride “technically very demanding,” a description considered by many participating riders to be an understatement. This was particularly true since the President, an avid mountain biker, set a blistering pace through the rock and sand-strewn landscape.
Though we were experienced road bikers, Scott, Joshua and I were novice mountain bikers, and we soon fell back with most of the other riders. We joked that while we could truly say we had ridden with the President, it might be more honest to say that we had ridden bikes in Texas the same day as Mr. Bush.
We all had a pleasant surprise at dinner the second night when the President introduced “a very special guest,” and Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong strode into the dining room. He made a brief speech honoring the wounded warriors, dined at Joshua’s table and then rode with the President and the riders the next day.
World T.E.A.M. Sports is honored that the former President asked our organization to be represented at the first-year event. It was a fine tribute to the men and women in the armed services who have given so much to keep America safe and an indication that World T.E.A.M. Sports is recognized as a leader in providing sporting events that change peoples’ lives.
Learn more about the Warrior 100K Ride: Warrior 100K Ride “Absolutely Amazing”, World TEAM Sports Warriors to Participate in Ride with President Bush