Ride 2 Recovery Cyclists Honored to Ride with President Bush in First W100k for Injured Vetrans of Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts

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Injured veterans spent three days in the desert heat negotiating hills and rocks with President George W Bush as they negotiated the trails in Big Bend. Ride 2 Recovery was one of three groups invited by President Bush.

"What an amazing experience!!!" said Army LTC Juan Carlos Hernandez. " I will never forget this incredible event with President Bush, Lance Armstrong and my Ride 2 Recovery friends."

For three days, 14 injured veterans, including eight Ride 2 Recovery alumni, followed their former Commander in Chief again through some rough terrain in Big Bend, Tx. Day 1 was a 12-mile ride; Day 2, was a grueling 30 miles, and Day 3 was 20 miles.

"When the Bush Center asked if Ride 2 Recovery would like to join the President for a mountain bike excursion, I immediately said, ‘yes’ even though our events to date have all been road biking," said John Wordin, president and founder of R2R. "Our guys had such a great time. We are already planning a mountain bike event in 2012."

"John Wordin, along with his R2R crew, opened my eyes to cycling possibilities that I did not know existed for one-armed adaptive cycling," said Kenny Butler, US Army (ret). "R2R helped me safely get back on a bicycle by outfitting a road bike with the latest Shimano shifting and braking technology. I then applied the R2R adaptation to my mountain bike and along with a mountain-bike-specific arm prosthesis, I am able to ride challenging terrain again. R2R helped me rekindle my love of cycling, and for that, I am grateful."

R2R believes everyone can ride a bicycle, though some injured veterans require modifications. Notable R2R cycles include an road bike with special shifting and braking technology for a quad amputee and a recumbent/hand cycle tandem that allows a blind, double amputee to feel the wind on his face again.

Ride 2 Recovery, presented by UnitedHealthcare, offers mental and physical rehabilitation featuring cycling as the core activity. R2R has six additional multi-day, long-distance cycling challenges for 2011 in Virginia, France, Minnesota, California, Florida, and 9/11 – from New York to Washington, D.C.

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Ride 2 Recovery improves the health and wellness of injured veterans through cycling which is an activity in which most patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate.


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