Challenges are multi-day events that cover 350-450 miles. A Challenge will push the participant to their limit, both physically and mentally. Paid participation in a full Challenge ride includes hotel housing, limited rider support, luggage transportation (70lbs max), daily route guides, marked course, rest stops, snacks, meals. There may also be nighttime entertainment on selected evenings. You may also participate in any single day of a Challenge event.
February 28 - March 7, 2015 - Atlanta, Georgia - New Orleans, LA
This ride is a category "D" - not as difficult
April 18 - 25, 2015 - Houston - Fort Worth, TX
2015 will be the seventh year that Ride 2 Recovery returns to the Lone Star State for the Texas Challenge.
Highlights include riding through Fort Hood with thousands of troops lining the roads on Tuesday and a homemade Texas-style breakfast prepared by the Keene community on Friday. On Saturday, April 25th, in Fort Worth, the public is invited to ride with the injured veterans in the one-day Honor Ride in memory of Sgt. Clay Hunt. Hunt, who served as a Marine Corps sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, battled depression and post-traumatic stress before taking his own life in March 2011.
With nearly 500 miles of cycling, this is a great second location for the Ride 2 Recovery Challenge Series presented by UnitedHealthcare.
This ride is a Category "C" - somewhat difficult
May 24 - 30, 2015 - Arlington - Virginia Beach
One of the iconic Ride 2 Recovery events, the Memorial Challenge, starts in our nation’s capitol and heads south for five days through historic Virginia with overnight stops in Manassas, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
At the end of the 325-mile Memorial Challenge, participants are hosted by the USO at the annual Patriotic Festival for the Air Show and evening concert.
Ride 2 Recovery is pleased to announce the final day of this Challenge will feature the 2nd Annual Ride 2 Recovery Warrior Grand Prix. This unique cycle race will give injured veterans and the general public an opportunity to compete for pride and glory.
Category "C" - somewhat difficult
July 2 - 13, 2015 - Germany - Holland
The European Challenge this year will start in Holland and the start of the Tour de France and then traveling to Germany city of Warendorf, home of the German Military wounded warrior center.
While in Holland, participants will visit the WWII area of the Operation Market Garden failed offensive where the allies tried to secure several bridges into Germany to shorten the war.
This ride is a Category "C" - some what difficult
September 25 - October 3, 2015 - Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - Annapolis, MD
This ride is a Category "B+/A-" - difficult
October 17 - 24, 2015 - Palo Alto - Santa Monica, CA
450 miles of stunning beaches and landscape from the city of Palo Alto to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center are featured in the 8th annual California Challenge. This is one of the most challenging of the Ride 2 Recovery events with climbs up Big Sur and Stagecoach Pass followed by fast descents.
After the strenuous days, cyclists will overnight in Santa Cruz, Carmel, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Solvang and Ventura before finishing in West LA. In addition to the stunning ocean views along the route, participants will also ride through a portion of 17-Mile Drive in Carmel and the Los Padres National Forest.
This ride is a Category "A" - difficult