DIamondback went down to Vegas this past weekend to assist the Ride 2 Recovery staff in one of their Honor Rides which helps to raise money for the program. This tied in well with commemorating the 237th “birthday” of the United States Marine Corps along with today’s Veterans Day. Raleigh/DB was well represented and mentioned in the opening remarks by John Wordin to all the riders. They are looking forward to their Raleigh bikes arriving sometime after the first of the year to replace their current road bikes.
Highlights of the event:
300 riders/veterans came out to ride the event including Sal Giunta, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Oz Sanchez, a two time (4) gold medal winner and recent Bronze at the 2012 Para–Olympics, United Healthcare pro riders Ben Day and Adrian Hegyvary. The riders were addressed at the start by Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. , 36th Chief of Staff of the US Army.
Riders took to the road to cover 3 loop options – 13, 40 or 84 miles. DB’s Van Ambassador James Weigand rode the 80 mile loop. The weather was sunny and cool at the start, and then got quite a bit colder with small front that moved in making in the last 10 miles a bit chilly. If you are on Facebook there are photos of the event as well as add’l coverage pieces from the event.
A piece done by the local news on the ride, really sums up why we (Raleigh and DB and me personally) enjoy being a part of this effort -