SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd, 2014 at A Road Bike 4U
A record turnout in the 2013 event has ride organizers planning for a huge response this year in support of veterans. Local bike retailer, A Road Bike 4U is hosting the charity rides and other festivities again this year. Registration is open now.
300 cyclists streamed through the balloon arch on their way to a ride that would not only provide the normal benefits of any bike ride, but also raise almost $20,000 for local veterans. The ride broke all records for Ride 2 Recovery, a relative newcomer to the world of charity cycling events, but one who has won the hearts and minds of many.
One of those was Bruce Marshall, owner of A Road Bike 4U in Irvine, CA. “I was watching 60 Minutes one Sunday evening, and they reported on this organization who was outfitting vets with special bikes that would allow them to get back into cycling. The organization, Ride 2 Recovery, was seeing amazing results. The vets were not only able to exercise and participate in what can be a very social sport, but they were sleeping better and feeling better about themselves.”
The 60 Minutes presentation moved Marshall into action. A few phone calls later and the 2013 ride had been scheduled. Linda Glassel is the Honor Ride Director of Ride 2 Recovery. “We scheduled the ride with far less time to prepare than usual, and would have been happy with 100 riders. We were thrilled to get such an amazing response to the first year effort.”
The challenge is now laid out for 2014. Our vets are always pushing themselves to do more and better. The 2014 event is scheduled for August 2nd, and the plan is to dramatically increase the turnout, the fun, and the money raised to help additional recovering vets get back on track.
The rides and other activities will all take place at A Road Bike 4U.