Face of America | Brian Steere

This April, we all Ride the Same Road

Taking the time and making the effort to participate in a challenging two-day bicycle ride is the first step in improving an individual’s life who has been disabled through injury or illness. For Army veteran Brian Steere, his decision to join World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America ride in 2015 and 2016 improved not only his physical fitness, but also his attitude about life.

Brian Steere and The American Bombshells, 2016.

Brian Steere stands with members of The American Bombshells singing group in Arlington, Virginia, April 22, 2016. Photograph by Sarah Bell.

Injured during a 2009 Army hazing incident, Steere was medically discharged in 2012. “I was at my worst place ever,” Steere recalled. “I fell into depression, weighed 205 pounds, had about 35 to 40 percent body fat, and almost no ambition in life.” Encouraged by fellow veterans on a 2014 Soldier Ride to seek out Face of America, he registered for the challenging Gettysburg Loops course, two metric century loops in two days. “I guess I would have had considered myself a worthless couch potato. After not wanting to continue my life in that manner anymore, Face of America gave me a goal.”

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National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ two-day Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may be one of the most inspiring sporting events you’ll ever experience.

Face of America started as a cross-country ride in 2000 with two inclusive teams of athletes from both coasts meeting under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, Face of America was redirected to serve as the official commemorative ride from New York’s Ground Zero to the Pentagon, honoring and remembering the victims of the September 11 attacks. In these two years, more than 2,000 athletes from across the country completed this three-day journey. In 2006, Face of America was rededicated to honor the sacrifices and dedication of America’s military veterans who have been injured or killed in service, and to honor first responders who serve daily to protect Americans. A new route, to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was developed to remember the exceptional sacrifices Americans have made throughout our history in protecting our nation.