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A call to "those" who serve...BF Members in The Military.

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A call to "those" who serve...BF Members in The Military.

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Old 05-04-16, 09:19 AM
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So anybody continued a personal sport (cycling, running, non-school sponsored) in the service academies?
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Old 06-26-16, 06:40 PM
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I haven't dug through the forms very thoroughly, but it's nice to see a Military-oriented thread! I won't be deploying anytime soon but I will gladly pitch in to support those who are.

5/20 yrs.
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So anybody continued a personal sport (cycling, running, non-school sponsored) in the service academies?
A lot of services have a single team for most major sports. I considered training to apply for the Navy Marathon Team.
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Old 07-12-16, 06:20 PM
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We looked up a few of the AF Academy grads on the Military cycling team and my son raced [against] them a few times this summer. He got some good encouragement and advice post race.
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I'm a Marine Veteran and a road cyclist. I do a lot of rides with Ride2Recovery (now Project Hero) and many charity rides out here on the East Coast. I take every chance I can to help out my brothers, wounded or not.
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We looked up a few of the AF Academy grads on the Military cycling team and my son raced [against] them a few times this summer. He got some good encouragement and advice post race.
We've had some Academy guys on USMES. One, now a pilot, is still active on our elite team. It's possible.

We have active duty folks, vets and wounded warriors on the team.
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Old 04-28-17, 08:21 PM
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This is a good thread.

After 5 trips to funland, I was done, got retired in Jan 2014. Max years of service. My last trip, they actually had bikes for free issue. What a POS, but at least I got to ride around the sandbox instead of just walking or driving. Man I missed my Pro Mk V almost as much as I missed my Cadillacs.
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Old 08-16-17, 11:03 AM
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Fair winds and following seas Mike, hope that retirement is good to you. Thanks for your protection of our freedoms and the sacrifices made by you and your family.

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Old 08-17-17, 07:43 PM
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Picking out those who serve at a National Anthem is pretty easy (they were told not to remove helmets).
I know its nothing like what you guys experienced on the ground, nor do I want it to be. Anyway proud military dad video from last weekend. Parade and hill climb championship rocking the AF socks (not collegiate, so not in usafa kit).
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I deployed in 2014 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and I actually mailed my road bike down there. I got in something like a dozen or 15 rides in while I was there. I never rode in any of the sensitive areas, but it's a naval base that's been there since 1903 or so, and I rode all over that. There's a hill there with 200-300 feet of climb that doesn't sound like much, but at its steepest point my Garmin reported a 23% grade. I only rode that once, because with the cassette I had on there (I think it was my 13-25) and the 34t chainring it was absolutely brutal and just about killed my knees.

There was one abandoned camp called Camp X-Ray that I rode past quite a few times. It's where they kept detainees for several months back in like 2002. It's at the end of a long road, and that was essentially the turn-around point.

I wish I'd ridden more there. I mailed my bike back at the end of the deployment in 2015. I unpacked it and never touched it again until this past August, when I made it rideable and started cycling again. I believe I still hold one or two KOMs on Guantanamo, and there are a couple I should have been able to take but didn't.
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@SethAZ , home from Gitmo huh?, Welcome back to the world, belatedly, and to cycling as well. Not as bad as a tour on Diego Garcia I hear, they do say that DG is where, "The Men are Men, and the sheep are scared."

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@SethAZ , home from Gitmo huh?, Welcome back to the world, belatedly, and to cycling as well. Not as bad as a tour on Diego Garcia I hear, they do say that DG is where, "The Men are Men, and the sheep are scared."

Bill
GTMO is a wierd deployment, because it's not a combat deployment, but it's serious as a heart attack, and stressfull as can be, especially with the eyes of the world watching our every move down there. And you can't leave the base, which isn't actually that big. I had opportunities that one wouldn't have on a deployment to a combat zone - for example, we could drink (with crushing penalties for any alcohol-related incident), and I was able to become scuba certified and got in quite a few dives (mostly on weekends, but did some night dives during the week and caught some lobsters with my hands). So it was very stressful during the week, then on weekends I was doing some cool stuff I've never done before, and so stress levels were this constant up/down sawtooth pattern for nine months, and then suddenly I came home and all of it, both the stress as well as the anti-stress of doing cool things like scuba diving, were suddenly gone. I kind of fell into a funk for some time, and just didn't touch my bike at all for two years. Only started riding again this August. Wished I'd picked back up my cycling as soon as I got home, and maybe it would have made the transition back go a little easier. I didn't though, so now I'm working hard to make up for lost time.

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Great thread. I served 20 years and one day in the Army Reserves, then Army Guard. Storm, two trips to Iraq, and five hurricane missions. Loved pretty much every minute of it. Going on eight years retired. I shipped my GT Zaskar to Liberty and road around Z Lake in 06-07. Only go bracketed once!
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Great thread. I served 20 years and one day in the Army Reserves, then Army Guard. Storm, two trips to Iraq, and five hurricane missions. Loved pretty much every minute of it. Going on eight years retired. I shipped my GT Zaskar to Liberty and road around Z Lake in 06-07. Only go bracketed once!

Thanks for your service!






I've mentioned this group a couple of time, I'm a member. They have a cycling club, triathlon, endurance and adaptive cycling clubs. We get incredible discounts on everything from Pearl Izumi clothing to a new bike deal not quite formally announced, Shimano and Knight Wheels. Discounts on clothes, nutrition, you name it.


Have a look, usmes.org


Right now they are having their annual training camp in Tucson, I went last year and it was amazing. We get race reimbursement and even reimbursement on larger fondo rides as well.
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I love that this thread is finally coming to life.

To all of my service brothers and sisters, check out project Hero www.projecthero.org

It's a non profit organization that helps disabled vets like myself recover through cycling and it's changed my life. It's really worth a look if you are interested in cycling. Or if you know a disabled vet that needs help.
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