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 helps support the free participation of our injured veterans and healing heroes and includes meals, lodging and a jersey. You may also participate in any single day of a Challenge event.
March 22 - 29, 2014 - Houston - Fort Worth, TX
2014 will be the sixth year that Ride 2 Recovery returns to the Lone Star state for the Texas Challenge but with a modified route.
Highlights include riding through Fort Hood with thousands of troops lining the roads on Tuesday and a homemade Texas-style breakfast prepared by the Cleburne community on Friday. On Saturday, March 29, 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 about 350 miles of cycling, this is a great way to start the Ride 2 Recovery Challenge Series presented by UnitedHealthcare.
This Ride is a Category "C" (somewhat difficult)
April 26 - May 3, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH - Nashville, TN
The Bluegrass Challenge moves to the spring in 2014 and promises beautiful roadside scenery in Kentucky. Beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, April 28, the ride will head in a southwesterly direction for 375 miles through Carrollton, Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green and Clarksville before finishing in Nashville, Tennessee.
Injured veterans and their supporters will make stops at Fort Knox, the University of Louisville and Fort Campbell.
This ride is a Category "C" - moderately difficult
May 25 - June 1, 2014 - Washington D.C. - Virginia Beach, VA
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 stop sin 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.
The final day of the Challenge will feature the first Ride 2 Recovery Warrior GP, the first road race presented by the organization for injured veterans and the general public.
This ride is rated Category "B" (moderately difficult)
July 17 - 28, 2014 - Normandy, FR
Ride 2 Recovery will return to Normandy, France for the 4th European Challenge featuring a hands-on history lesson with amazing riding through villages, cities and open space. Participants will be based in Caen and Carentan as they cycle to many of the most historic sites of WWII including the American Cemetery in Normandy, Utah and Omaha beaches, and small museums along the way. Riders will return to Paris for a visit to the American Embassy and to watch the finish of the Tour de France on the Champs d’Elysees. Riding in Normandy differs from the stateside Challenges in that groups of cyclists stop along the route for coffee, lunch or sightseeing to truly experience the region and meet its people.
This ride is a Category "D" - not as difficult
Sept. 6 - 13, 2014 - Boston to Fort Lee, NJ
Back for 2014! The 2014 Minuteman Challenge ride will take you from colonial Boston across to Long Island Sound and up to Ft. Lee, Princeton, and finish in Philadelphia.
Cyclists will travel 425 miles on the roads of New England through five states in the 3rd Minuteman Challenge.
High points include a stop at Gillette Stadium – home of the Patriots, a welcome on the streets of Hartford by thousands of UnitedHealthcare employees, a ride through West Point, lunch at the 9/11 Memorial in Rockland County and breakfast at Macy’s. Cyclists will enjoy both rural and city riding with plenty of hill climbing in Connecticut and New York.
This Ride is a Category "A" (difficult)
Oct. 4 - 11, 2014 - Palo Alto - Santa Monica, CA
It is 450 miles of stunning beaches and landscape from Palo Alto to the Santa Monica Pier are featured in the 7th 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 Gilroy, Carmel, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Solvang and Ventura before finishing in Santa Monica. 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)