By Richard Rhinehart
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 13, 2015 – Long after the buses have departed and the grounds at the hosting AllStar Expo Complex at this historic southern Pennsylvania community of Gettysburg cleared, memories remain of a successful conclusion of the 2015 Face of America bicycle ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports.
On a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, April 26, nearly 600 disabled and able-bodied athletes from across the United States, Canada and Denmark arrived at the Complex on the grounds of the Eisenhower Hotel. Pedaling under a mammoth flag hung from a Gettysburg Fire Department ladder truck, two 105mm howitzer guns from the U.S. Marine Corps creating an archway, and the World T.E.A.M. Sports archway, the riders completed 110 miles in two days from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
Following a brief welcome by World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson, the riders turned to an outdoor lunch featuring barbecue beef sandwiches. A huge dessert table featuring a variety of delicious treats from local Gettysburg volunteers topped off the meal.
During the meal, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ray Owen of Gettysburg provided musical entertainment. Featuring a variety of folk, bluegrass, blues, country and swing music, Owen has performed across the United States and in Europe.
After the meal, riders had opportunities to examine several pieces of military equipment, including a LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicle from the U.S. Marines. The eight-wheeled amphibious reconnaissance vehicle was popular with many of the riders, who were permitted to climb up and look inside. World T.E.A.M. Sports also offered a big sale from the organization’s trailer featuring past branded clothing and gear from previous events, including the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride and the 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge.
As the buses pulled out of the lot for the return to Arlington, a quiet fell over the Expo Complex. World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Face of America riders will be back in April 2016!