Ride 2 Recovery is a program that uses cycling to support physical and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured veterans. The program is hosting a seven-day, 450-mile ride that starts in Palo Alto (where the program began) and ends in Los Angeles. The ride begins on October 13 and ends on October 19, according this article from October 7.
According to the article, Ride 2 Recovery helps injured veterans heal through the use of hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes. The article quotes Juan Carlos Hernandez, who lost his right leg in action, as saying that the rides keep his mind “clear and focused” and that riding in groups helps provide him with the “peer-to-peer mentoring” that hospitals cannot.
Ride 2 Recovery has established 37 Project HERO program locations on military bases and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Their goal is to help wounded warriors build up their strength and conditioning while dealing with the effects of traumatic stress and depression. The program focuses on cycling as it is an activity that the veterans can do for the rest of their lives, in groups or alone.
The program encourages civilians to come out and cheer the riders on during their daily rides or meet with them at the hotels. The cyclists will start the ride in Palo Alto and go south to Gilroy, then travel along the Pacific Coast Highway and stop overnight in Carmel, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Solvang and Ventura. The finish line for the race is the Santa Monica Pier. The map of the ride is available here.