Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Las Vegas Concert Photography Part 2: Lt Dan!

As a former Army officer, I have a strong appreciation for Veterans Day.  There are always numerous events to honor our soldiers, but hen an opportunity presents itself that allows me to participate in one of my favorite hobbies—cycling—and honor our soldiers, I'm all over it!

The Ride2Recovery made its way through Las Vegas last week.  On Saturday, Team Mandalay Bay/McGhies (for which I ride) participated in a forty mile ride with wounded veterans and the Ride2Recovery team members.  Many of these riders have lost limbs as a result of injuries obtained while serving in Iran and Afghanistan. Did that stop them from riding?  Nope!  They have specially modified bicycles that allow them to ride, despite their handicap.   Riders in hand-cycles have a "push pole" attached to the rear of the cycle that allows a bicycle rider to dock on and help push the hand-cyclist over hilly roads.

During the ride, I was fortunate enough to help push a hand-cyclist along.  It's a unique experience for a cyclist because we're normally only concerned with getting ourselves up and over a hill.  When pushing a hand-cyclist, the work-load is almost doubled and the effort is intensified as you work to get yourself and the cyclist your pushing along up the hill.  The non-handicapped Ride2Recovery team members have been pushing their hand-cyclist teammates all over the country.  I did it for only twenty of our forty mile ride and could definitely feel the effects of the added intensity!  One can only imagine what it's like to do it for hundreds, or even thousands, of miles.

After the ride everyone was treated to a private lunch at the Mandalay Bay beach and got to watch Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band give a special performance in honor of Veterans Day.

This is one event that I always wish to be a part of,  and I strongly encourage anyone with any interest in cycling to seek out a Ride2Recovery and show your support for these wounded vets by participating.

Unfortunately, since I was busy peddling, I don't have pictures of the ride.  Those can be found at http://ride2recovery.phanfare.com.  I do, however, have pics of Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band!

Pics from the show:

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