Wounded Warriors W100k Ride Big Bend

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Mike Long meets Wounded Warriros - l to r Dillon Behr, Kenneth Butler and Jake Lerner

Mike Long meets Wounded Warriors: (l to r) Dillon Behr, Kenneth Butler and Jake Lerner.

Texas mountain bike trails of Big Bend experienced a burst of activity over three days in late April when 14 Wounded Warriors came to ride 100k with former President George W. Bush. Barrett Durst of Big Bend Ranch State Park asked Mike Long to help choose the routes beforehand, and Crystal Allbright of Desert Sports and Kevin Urbanczyk of Sul Ross State University joined the bright orange-vested ones to assist and lead rides during the event. The routes covered 12 miles of the Lajitas Resort Trail System on day one, and in the state park day two consisted of 30 miles including a stretch of the Government Road and day three finalized the 100k with 21 miles encompassing the Contrabando Dome Loop. The warriors held up in fine form on the rugged terrain as they kept pace with President Bush and they were thrilled to be joined by Lance Armstrong on the last day of riding.

Here’s ‘Doc’ Kevin U’s article in the Skyline (not availalbe), a Sul Ross State University paper.

‘Camera Lady’ Crystal was asked to submit her version to Big Bend Now.

Other local coverage by Big Bend Gazette with additional photos and info in the May 2011 issue of the Gazette.

W100k includes excellent images of the occasion by Paul Morse and other photographers along with insightful interviews with the warriors.


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