Injured Veterans Set To Ride 360 Miles for the 2015 UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge
Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for Ride 2 Recovery it means the 2015 edition of the Memorial Challenge. Sponsored for the 6th year in a row by UnitedHealthcare, the 5 day 360 mile ride will take injured veterans from the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. and lead them to Virginia Beach, with the ride ending with a USO sponsored VIP concert on the 29th.
For those unfamiliar with Ride 2 Recovery, the organization uses cycling as a way for injured veterans to find both mental and physical rehabilitation. Jonathan Dade mentions that “Cycling has been more therapeutic for me than seeing a psychologist. It’s a way of bringing you back to what you once were.” Along with organizing the rides and helping with training, Ride 2 Recovery also helps out with adaptive cycles that allow riders with some of the worst injuries to get on a bike and ride. Previously at Interbike we had a chance to check out Timothy Brown’s full suspension hand cycle (above), which kept the triple amputee rolling.
On Monday’s ride, 200 veterans will set off, but over the years Ride 2 Recovery has helped over 10,000 Vets restore hope and their sense of purpose. Ride 2 Recovery welcomes all of the communities along the route to come out and show their support as the riders make their way to Virginia Beach…