Still time to register to bike with wounded warriors on September 11

Aug. 26, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Members of the military community in Europe still have time to register to participate in the free Community Soldier Ride and picnic at Lake Bostalsee on Sept. 11.

Soldier Ride is a Wounded Warrior Project™ initiative that provides rehabilitative cycling opportunities to help our newest generation of wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. Fifty wounded warriors from the European theater will be participating in a 3-day Soldier Ride that allows them to continue to rebuild their confidence and strength in a supportive environment.

“We are honored to be in Germany and appreciate the on-going support from the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe”, said Executive Director Steve Nardizzi of Wounded Warrior Project. “Soldier Rides play an important role in the physical and emotional recovery for wounded warriors. This truly will be an inspiration for everyone to see these brave warriors.”

The community ride on Sept. 11 is the culmination of the 3-day Soldier Ride. It provides our wounded warriors the opportunity to promote their positive message of recovery while also encouraging community members to ride alongside, support from the route sidelines or volunteer to assist with the event.

“Sue and I are going to bike with our wounded warriors and I’m personally inviting everyone in our community to join us,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commanding general, U.S. Army, Europe. “I can’t think of a better way to show our support to these brave warriors, particularly on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.”

Event organizers request registration to determine the size of the expected crowd, so enough food is on hand for the community picnic. Register at no cost and get more details online at

Lake Bostalsee is approximately 20 kilometers west of Baumholder. The Community Soldier Ride begins at 9:30 a.m. with a choice of a 4-mile or 18-mile route, followed by the community picnic at 11:45 a.m.