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About the event

Cycle with the Wounded Warriors around New York for 3 days, ending with a huge celebration!

Open to any member who can use some form of adaptive bike, which will be supplied by the Wounded Warrior Project.

Whats involved?

  • Cover approximately 25 miles each day

  • Exertions will be followed by a huge celebration at the finish line

  • Open to any member who can use some form of adaptive bike 

  • Adaptive bikes supplied by the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Members must be able to enter the USA

  • Your passport must have at least six months validity during the time of travel

  • Please be aware, temperatures will be hot and you will be expected to cycle over 70 miles in three days

Gallery from previous years' event

Are there any restrictions for the event?

You must be able to ride approximately 25 miles each day for three days.

What documentation do I need in order to enter the USA?

Members must have an in-date ESTA and a valid passport.

Do I need to take my own bike?

You have the option of taking your own bike if not, you will be supplied with one out there. 

Will it cost me to attend?

Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.

What is the selection process?

The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.

How much notice will I be given?

Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase.

If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.

How does the reserve list work?

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I have never been on a Blesma activity?

Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.

Who will lead the activity?

Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.

Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?

We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.

I can say that I will never forget the level of support, encouragement and friendship that i felt every step/ride of the way and I know I have a few more friends-for-life across the pond... The Walking Wounded and Soldier Ride have enriched my life .

John

I must pay tribute to all the people who made the entire event seamless. Of the Warriors whom I met, I think there can be no better cross section of American society. Perhaps a cautionary note is in order, this was an alcohol-free event for the duration. No question. We were representing Blesma, and perhaps our Army and the United Kingdom were being judged by our conduct.
And the cycling was not a dawdle or a doddle – a blistering pace was set by the entire group. It had to be, as the roads were closed for us – remember this is rush hour New York!
I would also like to thank the British Airways cabin staff who, on our return flight, presented each of us with a bottle of champagne.

Alec Beer

 

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team.
Tel: 0208 548 7094
Email: meo@blesma.org

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