Face of America Liberty

Word T.E.A.M’s Inclusive Cycling Challenge along the Hudson River Valley

Face of America Liberty

For most Americans, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 will remain in their memories for a lifetime. The attacks upon America by radical terrorists have defined the young 21st century, and served to determine military and economic actions by nations throughout the world.

In September 2002 and 2003, World T.E.A.M.’s Face of America cycling challenge served as the official memorial ride in honor and memory of the victims of the attacks. More than 1,600 riders of all ages and backgrounds from the United States and supportive nations joined together as one team in two three-day rides from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Relaxing in Manhattan.

Relaxing at the end of the Face of America Liberty ride in Manhattan. Photograph by David Rhinehart.

In recognition of these inspiring rides and the many lives that were changed through active participation, World T.E.A.M. organizers tested Face of America Liberty in October, 2015. A trial ride with 30 athletes that month showed that the Hudson River route is enjoyable and possible by all athletes, including those who are adaptive. Liberty’s inaugural edition was held on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Beginning at the United States Military Academy at West Point and traveling south along the Hudson River to One World Trade Center in Manhattan, Liberty honored military veterans who have been injured or disabled during their service. It will return in late September, 2018.

Athletes in the Face of America Liberty ride include active duty and retired military, first responders and civilians. Like all World T.E.A.M. events, this ride welcomes adaptive and able-bodied participants who are physically fit and able to ride a long distance in a single day.

Registration and more information regarding our 2018 ride will be available through our Face of America Liberty event website, launching in late June 2018. All interested adaptive athlete candidates will complete a qualification survey that will open in June 2018. Selected candidates will be invited to register and participate in the ride.

Approaching the first rest stop.

Riders approach the first rest stop at Stony Point, New York, south of Bear Mountain State Park. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

World T.E.A.M. offers participants rest stop support along the route. Return transportation to West Point following the ride conclusion in Manhattan is available by making reservations during ride registration. Athletes from outside the West Point and Manhattan region are encouraged to reserve overnight lodging for Saturday evening at West Point.

> > Donate in support of our October, 2017 event.

> > View our 2017 Flickr Ride gallery.


Northwell Health

Northwell HealthPresenting Sponsor – 2017. Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and about 3,900 physicians, including more than 2,800 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.


Cannondale Logo

Sponsor – 2017. Established in 1971, Cannondale is a global industry leader with a reputation for continuous innovation and quality for development and manufacturing of high-performance bicycles, apparel and accessories. Get connected at www.cannondale.com.

Hickory & Tweed

Hickory & TweedSponsor – 2017. Hickory & Tweed was founded in 1961 by Jimmy and Roberta Ross in Armonk, New York. Our name pays homage to the origins of the sport itself, with hickory being the wood of choice for first generation skis and tweed wool being the most common layering insulation at the time – hence the name, Hickory & Tweed. From the beginning, Hickory & Tweed has established itself, not only as one of the premier ski and bike shops in the country, but an iconic brand in the ski business. Always based on the knowledge of our passionate staff, Hickory & Tweed’s service and atmosphere provides a unique shopping experience.

Hilton Capital Management

Hilton Capital ManagementSponsor – 2017. Hilton Capital Management was founded in 2001 as a Registered Investment Advisor located in Garden City, New York. With clients nationwide, Hilton manages over $ 1 billion in both private and institutional client assets following a unique investment process that principally focuses on income generation as a key component to competitive total returns with a focus on minimizing risk and volatility. As a boutique investment manager, Hilton offers the personalized service and entrepreneurial attitude that many larger firms do not provide. Hilton puts client’s interest first and works to define and understand each unique client objective at the onset of the relationship.

Penske Truck Rental

Penske Truck RentalSponsor – 2015, 2017. With more than 200,000 maintained trucks and more than 1,000 locations nationwide, Penske partners with you to meet your changing business demands and keep your company growing. We work closely with you to address your toughest challenges and create opportunities for your company. Our search for leading-edge solutions includes everything from implementing productivity-driven technology to defining optimum fleet performance strategies. Individual Penske locations actively support neighborhood charities. Our associates contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to the United Way, and when multiple hurricanes struck Florida and the Gulf Coast, we were there with trucks and fuel for emergency response teams. Move ahead with Penske Truck Rental.