The Air Force cycling team will ride from North Carolina to Arlington this month
Members of the USAF Cycling Team will complete a grueling 330-mile bike ride at the USAF Memorial later this month.
Dubbed the Air Force Heritage Memorial to Memorial Ride, the trek commemorates the 75th anniversary of the military branch and raises funds for the Wounded Airman program.
Cyclists will kick into high gear on Thursday, September 15 at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. They plan to travel to Arlington on Sunday, September 18 – the day of the 75th anniversary.
The team will reach the home stretch along the Mount Vernon Trail and arrive at the memorial around 1:15 p.m., according to the event website.
Military members and civilians are encouraged to ride alongside the team on any of the four days. Those who participate will be required to provide their own food and accommodation.
Local cyclists who want to join the ride in Arlington can start at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Quantico Stafford (2784 Richmond Highway) at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 18.
Registration is free, but there is a suggested donation of $20 to benefit the Wounded Airman program. The program has provided more than $625,000 to seriously injured, ill and injured Airmen and their families since its inception in 2011, according to its website.
The USAF Cycling Team is made up of more than 140 serving and retired Air Force members and their family members.