CanAm Veterans’ Challenge

Allies, Teamwork and the American Spirit are Celebrated through the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge

CanAm Team at Parliament.

The inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge team at Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, June 20, 2014. Photograph courtesy Rebecca Brashears.


World T.E.A.M. Sports, in collaboration with Soldier On Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada, organized and managed the June 20-July 4, 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, an inspiring two-week, 766-mile bicycle and hand cycle ride from Ottawa, Ontario to Washington, D.C. Presented by Realty Capital Securities, LLC, the ride confirmed the deep cooperation and friendship between Canada and the United States of America and our commitment to the men and women who have served in the military and have become disabled while in service. CanAm Veterans' Challenge 2014 Logo

During this inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, injured veterans from Canada, Denmark and the United States rode together from capital to capital through scenic farmlands and forests, suburban and urban communities large and small, meeting Americans from both sides of the border. Each day, the team traveled from ten to 90 miles, riding as a group, eating and assisting each other, and arriving together at the day’s destination.

The second CanAm Veterans’ Challenge is tentatively planned for 2017 or 2018.

Capital to Capital,” the new digital book released by non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports about this inspiring ride, is now available through multiple online book sellers.

Featuring more than 50 full color photographs taken during the two-week ride, the 92 page book can be downloaded for digital book readers through multiple sellers, including, Barnes and Noble and Apple’s iBooks. A portion of the proceeds from all online book sales will be applied to upcoming inclusive sporting events from the New York-based national non-profit organization.


World T.E.A.M. Sports creates exceptional inclusive events for injured servicemen and women, beginning with the landmark Vietnam Challenge in January 1998. 70 disabled riders from the United States and Vietnam rode with 20 able-bodied coaches on a 16-day, 1,250-mile bicycle expedition from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This ride was followed by the Face of America ride in the Washington D.C. region in 2006 and annually the years since, honoring veterans who have sacrificed so much in their dedication and service to their nation. Participation by injured veterans has grown each year in this inspiring 110-mile, two-day ride. The cross-country Sea to Shining Sea ride in 2010 and 2012 saw teams of injured and able-bodied military riders cycling by hand cycle, recumbent and upright bicycle from San Francisco to Virginia Beach over two months.CanAm Website

World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ ongoing Military Initiative has created other inclusive events for injured military members, including the Coastal Team Challenge in 2009, the Soldiers to the Summit climb of Nepal’s Lobuche East in October, 2010 and the Soldiers to the Summit Snowbird winter sports camp in February, 2012. Veterans with disabilities have also participated in the organization’s annual Adventure Team Challenge in western Colorado, and represented World T.E.A.M. Sports in the Warrior 100K Ride from the George W. Bush Institute in Texas.


Injured veterans who participated in the 2014 ride included Robert Bidder (Canada); Mike Cotts (Canada); Michael Fuentespina (Canada); Dean Peach (Canada); Steven Baskis (USA); Scott Bates (USA); Harry Carr (USA); Marc Gabiger (USA); Larry Gunter (USA); Jeff Henson (USA); Christopher Levi (USA); Marina Libro (USA); David Santamore (USA); Jose Santiago (USA); and Jens Sondergaard (Denmark).

Riders depart Cooperstown, New York.

CanAm Veterans’ Challenge riders depart Cooperstown, New York, touching national flags as they ride by, on the morning of June 26, 2014. Photograph by Brinson Langley.

Able-bodied riders who joined the veterans included Daniel Bodden (Canada); Robert Clayton (USA – pilot); Victor Henderson (USA – pilot); Dean Bruno (USA); James Campbell (USA); Michael Cavanaugh (USA); Lon Dolber (USA); and Frank Ocello (USA).


Visit the CanAm website.



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Riders depart Binghamton, New York.

Team members depart Binghamton in southern New York June 27, 2014. Photograph by Van Brinson.