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Veterans Head South from Cooperstown

By Richard Rhinehart

Cooperstown, New York, June 26, 2014 – Veteran riders with World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge climbed onto their bicycles, hand cycles and recumbent bicycles this morning for a 77-mile ride south and west to Binghamton, New York. One of the longest days of riding on the schedule for the CanAm team, the riders were on the road early to beat expected thunderstorms in the late afternoon.

Chris Levi and the riders depart Cooperstown.
Veteran Chris Levi and other CanAm Veterans’ Challenge riders depart Cooperstown, New York, June 26. Photograph by Brinson Langley.

Incorporated in 1834, the southern New York city at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers, Binghamton and “the Valley of Opportunity” is home to a quarter million residents. CanAm riders will travel along New York Highway 7 through Oneonta, Sidney and Bainbridge to downtown Washington to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel for their overnight accommodations.

During Wednesday’s day of rest, the team visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, exploring the various exhibits detailing Major League Baseball’s long history.

On Friday, the team will undertake another long ride – the ride’s longest – 90 miles from Binghamton to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

CanAm Veterans' Challenge team at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown hosted the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge team on June 25. Photograph courtesy Brad Horn, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Images from the Ride

By Richard Rhinehart

June 25, Cooperstown, New York – Riders in the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge take a well-deserved day of rest today in Cooperstown, an east-central New York community of nearly 1,900 residents. Located along the Susquehanna River, Cooperstown is best-known as the home for the popular National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

With overcast skies and a strong chance for afternoon thundershowers, it is a good day for the team to relax and enjoy the sights of this historic village established in 1786. Celebrating its’ 75th anniversary this year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is likely destination. Riders may also visit other attractions and businesses, including the historic downtown.

Tomorrow is the start of three long days of riding, with an 82 mile ride to Binghamton. Friday is the longest daily ride of this year’s CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, a 90 mile ride to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Saturday will be a little shorter, with a 75 mile ride to Pottsville, along the Schuylkill River.

With today’s day of rest, here are a few images from the last few days of riding, offered by several photographers.

Bike on the border.
Participating Colorado veteran Scott Bates’ bicycle near the Canada-United States border on June 22. Photograph courtesy of Scott Bates.

Mayor Joseph Fusco Jr. and Van Brinson.
Rome, New York Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr. (left) stands with World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson June 23. Photograph courtesy Kristin Clark, Rome Observer.

Dean Peach, Dan Bodden and Marina Libro.
Nova Scotia veteran Dean Peach and Royal Canadian Air Force Sgt Dan Bodden provide assistance to Virginia veteran Marina Libro on June 24. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Michael Cavanaugh, Michael Fuentespina and David Santamore.
Long Island, New York rider Michael Cavanaugh and WInnipeg, Manitoba veteran Michael Fuentespina give a hand to Barre, Vermont veteran David Santamore on June 24, as the team headed to Cooperstown, New York. Photograph by Van Brinson.