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Spring riding is just around the corner. Actually some places have already started to roll! This past Saturday our Southeast Region took part in The 26th Annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk & Hand Cyclists Event.

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Spring riding is just around the corner. Actually some places have already started to roll! This past Saturday our Southeast Region took part in The 26th Annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk & Hand Cyclists Event. 

For more info on the event follow the link

https://museumofaviation.org/moaevents/marathon-half-marathon-5k-and-para-athletes/

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I'm a Iowan . You are my favorite team. I'm in SE Iowa. Not going to be down my way this year. Good luck and stay safe. 🚲🚲🚲🚲

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Todays your last chance to get one of the public items we have made available. Orders go into production this week. Dont wait, orders yours now. Visit our merchandise link here: https://www.lgpickpayride.com/AirForcePublic_220018PPR

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If we plan to ride with the team this year do we need multiple sets? Or is that provided in registration?

AFCT Texas will be holding a memorial ride to honor Roger Heard. The 42-mile ride will be taking place on Saturday morning, Nov. 20, 2021 in Schertz, Texas. The route will cover the same route Roger last rode, with a stop at his memorial site to pay respects.It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of fellow rider, Christian, servant leader, loving husband and father, Roger Heard. We’re not sure exactly what happened, but he was doing one of his favorite activities, riding with his beloved Texas team.

Everyone who knew Roger has beautiful memories of him. On team rides, he was the one of the strongest riders, but he always floated to the back to ride with the slowest riders for a while, then would book to the front to see if anyone needed help along the way. He would do this back and forth the entire ride, helping folks, and putting in lots of extra miles.

Just a couple weeks before RAGBRAI, the Texas team was doing a 77-mile training ride. One of our members was having a hard time, and Roger stayed with him until the member was able to safely get a ride home. Then Roger steamed ahead to join the rest of the team. This was typical Roger.

Three of our team members rode the century loop with Roger on RAGBRAI last year. After a brief stop at Beekman’s Ice Cream, Roger decided to do the loop again in case others needed help. Roger didn’t just help people with mechanical issues, he talked with us, cared about us, and developed meaningful relationships with others. He was never in a hurry to leave – he was always there for anyone.

“I am sure Roger would like us to know that he is in heaven with his savior, Jesus Christ. He had a strong faith,” said June Lindner. “In fact, two days before his passing on to heaven, my husband and I were talking to him after an Orange Theory Fitness workout. He said he had a long bike ride the day before and spent the time talking with God, looking for direction in an area of his life. He had a continuing closeness to his God that carried him through life. He wasn’t a Sunday Christian – he walked with God, loved others, and served people as a way of life every day.”

It will be painful at times, to ride RAGBRAI without Roger. But he would like us to remember that even though RAGBRAI is a very physical event, it is mostly relational. We are there to help each other along the way, and ride slow enough to have conversations with people. We take our time in towns to listen to others, make new friends, and really care about our fellow human beings. We truly hope we can honor Roger by loving and serving others as he did.

We pray for his beautiful wife Marion, and his two daughters. May God bless them and give them comfort and peace.

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AFCT Texas will be holding a memorial ride to honor Roger Heard. The 42-mile ride will be taking place on Saturday morning, Nov. 20, 2021 in Schertz, Texas. The route will cover the same route Roger last rode, with a stop at his memorial site to pay respects.

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One of a kind...RIP Roger...you will never be forgotten

RIP Roger. 🙏🙏 for the family

I flew with Roger’s brother Ken . Great family , great people. Roger’s loss is a loss for all of us.

Wishing God’s peace.

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🙏🙏🙏🥲

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Less than 30 days until store closes Dec. 15. Get 'em while they are hot!

Did you know you can get your AF Veteran their own AFCT Cycling kit for 2022? Visit our merchandise link here: www.lgpickpayride.com/AirForcePublic_220018PPR

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Less than 30 days until store closes Dec. 15. Get em while they are hot!

Did you know you can get your AF Veteran their own AFCT Cycling kit for 2022? Visit our merchandise link here: https://www.lgpickpayride.com/AirForcePublic_220018PPR 

See you out there. Be safe!

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Thank you for your service and RAGBRAI mission.

Love it… thank you for all you do. Past, present and future

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Thank you for your service ❤

Thank you all!!! ❤️🤍💙

Thank you for your serive!

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5 months ago
Melissa Patrick

Congratulations on completion of RAGBRAI. The VFW Posts of the central Shenandoah Valley in Virginia invite all the Air Force cyclists to participate in the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes on September 11th. The Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes is more than a bicycle ride…it’s an event celebrating the beauty of the central Shenandoah Valley and the service and sacrifice of our military and its veterans. As a fundraiser supporting Boulder Crest Retreat,
participation provides support for our combat veterans, many of whom have deployed multiple times, and their families who have paid a terrific price for their service to the nation.

Amazingly, some of the scenery looks like the beauty of Iowa on a RAGBRAI route. And we have a virtual registration if you are not able to join us in Virginia.

Register for a ride that honors our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for twenty years since attacks of 9-11.

www.valleyvetsride4heroes.com/
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Congratulations on completion of RAGBRAI. The VFW Posts of the central Shenandoah Valley in Virginia invite all the Air Force cyclists to participate in the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes on September 11th.  The Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes is more than a bicycle ride…it’s an event celebrating the beauty of the central Shenandoah Valley and the service and sacrifice of our military and its veterans.  As a fundraiser supporting Boulder Crest Retreat,
participation provides support for our combat veterans, many of whom have deployed multiple times, and their families who have paid a terrific price for their service to the nation. 

Amazingly, some of the scenery looks like the beauty of Iowa on a RAGBRAI route.  And we have a virtual registration if you are not able to join us in Virginia. 

Register for a ride that honors our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for twenty years since attacks of 9-11.

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6 months ago
Diane Beirne

Double shout out to the Air Force Cycling Team! They truly are "The Guardian Angels of the Road." I have always admired how they are always there to help stranded cyclists along the route. Well, this year I got to experience their kindness, service, and expertise not once, but twice as I got flat tires on Days 1 and 3! What a welcome relief to see them swoop in and save the day! What a Godsend! Thank you is not enough to express my sincere gratitude! Your efforts are appreciated more than you know. Until next year....thank you so much for your service on RAGBRAI and to our country! You are unsung heroes in every sense of the word! 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

Double shout out to the Air Force Cycling Team! They truly are The Guardian Angels of the Road. I have always admired how they are always there to help stranded cyclists along the route. Well, this year I got to experience their kindness, service, and expertise not once, but twice as I got flat tires on Days 1 and 3! What a welcome relief to see them swoop in and save the day! What a Godsend! Thank you is not enough to express my sincere gratitude! Your efforts are appreciated more than you know. Until next year....thank you so much for your service on RAGBRAI and to our country! You are unsung heroes in every sense of the word! 😎
6 months ago
Andrew Sherman

I’d like to share this FB post describing my last day on RAGBRAI as a way of thanking the members of the US Air Force Cycling Team for your help and encouragement during the week. I aimed high by registering for RAGBRAI and attempting the Karras Loop, but I wouldn’t have finished either one without you, and for that I will always be deeply grateful. Thank you Air Force!

RAGBRAI 2021, Day 7. Dewitt to Clinton.

An odyssey is a journey that’s marked by changes in a traveler’s fortune, and that’s a good description of this past week. About a month before the start of RAGBRAI I noticed that some of my gears were skipping when I rode. I contacted the mechanic who tuned up my bike in March and replaced the rear gear cassette to try to make an appointment to get it checked and got no response. 2 more tries, 2 more no responses. Ok, I guess you’re my former mechanic. I could work around the skipping gears, so I shipped my bike to Iowa about 2 weeks ahead of the start. When I got to LeMars I had a mechanic look at the rear wheel. He made some adjustments to tighten the rear axle assembly and I started the ride. As the week went on a wobble developed, and I had a different mechanic look at the rear axle on Thursday. He re-tightened the axle and it held up for a few hours, but the wheel started wobbling and rubbing again during the Karras Loop. Several members of the US Air Force cycling team came to my rescue and got me back on the road to finish the Century. Their fix held up on Friday’s ride from Anamosa to Dewitt - I actually saw the mechanic who worked on the bike on Thursday and told him that he owed the Air Force money. I only needed to ride 31.6 miles to finish, and thought I’d get that done and send the bike home to figure out what to do next. Not perfect, but I can nurse it along. Or so I thought.

When I set up camp last night in Dewitt I covered my bike with a plastic sheet to protect it from the morning dew. During the evening one of the vendors in camp ran over the handlebars on a gator and broke off one of the brake levers. He didn’t run away and I got his contacts to have him pay for repairs at home. Tis but a scratch - an annoying mistake but still rideable after a temporary repair. Or so I thought.

I started the last day of RAGBRAI at 7 am. I checked and tightened the rear wheel to the frame. I just need 31.6 more miles…let’s do this! Or so I thought. The back wheel was wobbling, to the point that other riders started warning me about it. After about 5 miles I stopped to check the wheel and retighten it, and that’s when the axle assembly failed. The bearings on one side of the axle were completely gone, and there was no going forward without a major repair. With no bike shop in sight, I knew I was in danger of not finishing RAGBRAI just short of the end.

Or so I thought. I had pulled over to check the wheel in Wayne Stuedemann’s driveway, and Wayne came out to investigate my situation. At about the same time that Wayne and his family reached me, several members of the US Air Force cycling team arrived…again! One of the members remembered me from Thursday, and he checked the axle and confirmed that it wasn’t rideable. With this news, Wayne stepped forward and offered to loan me his own bike - which he hadn’t ridden in several years - to finish the tour. Wow! Just wow! Offer accepted - I didn’t come this far to not finish! Wayne, the Air Force team members and I put our heads together and found a bike shop in Clinton where I could leave Wayne’s bike. Wayne will bring my broken bike there and pick his up the next time he’s in Clinton. Wayne brought his bike out of the garage and he and the Airmen helped get it ready to ride, including inflating the tires, oiling the chain and setting the seat height. Hands were shaken and thanks were given, and I rejoined the line of riders pedaling toward Clinton. Wayne’s bike was mechanically fine - it went fast downhill and let me climb hills the way I’m used to. I’m so thankful that Wayne reached out to help me - a complete stranger - finish RAGBRAI! I’m completely humbled by the gift of his generosity.

As I rode toward Clinton I took in the sights of the open countryside one last time. The bike I was on was different from the orange road bike I brought to Iowa, but I thought I could make it to the end…and this time I was right! I rode the final miles with a jumble of thoughts and fresh memories running through my mind as I waved to the townspeople who came out to watch us ride by. Today’s route ended at a boat ramp on the shore of the Mississippi River, and I was filled with a sense of accomplishment as I rolled Wayne’s bike into the muddy water to mark the end of our journey. I made it! RAGBRAI 2021 was done.

As soon as I finished I knew that I had to make arrangements to exchange the bikes. I had planned to ship my bike home through Pork Belly Ventures, and they had my shipping box waiting at their end site in Clinton Park. I rode there from the dip site and explained my situation to Tammy, the co-owner of PBV. She quickly found an employee - Nick - with a truck and time to drive me to the bike shop we had agreed on. I made arrangements at the shop to transfer the bikes and ship mine home with the UPS Ground label that I had paid for. I drove back to the PBV site with Nick and took one final shower before adding another donation to the employee tip jar. Thank you for a great week PBV!

Before I end this I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the members of the US Air Force cycling team who helped me this morning and on Thursday on the Karras Loop. I wouldn’t have finished the Century or RAGBRAI without your help, and I’m tremendously grateful to each of you for the help you provided all of us during the week, and for the work you do to protect our freedoms every day. You and your fellow service members are truly America’s best! Thank you!

I’m writing this from a charter bus that’s shuttling me to Chicago - I’m flying home from there tomorrow. It’s more than 106 miles from Clinton to Chicago, and I’m pretty sure that we left with a full tank of gas. Someone on board probably has a half pack of cigarettes. It’s not dark out yet but I’ve got my sunglasses. 😎 Illinois looks like a nice place for a bike ride.😉 Thank you all for your encouragement and good comments this week. America has its share of problems and disagreements, but my week in Iowa was a great reminder of the good people and kind acts that are all around us but aren’t publicized. As the billboard that I saw on the way to LeMars said, “We’re Americans, it’s going to be okay”. Now get on your bikes and ride! 🚴👍😊 #RAGBRAI2021
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I’d like to share this FB post describing my last day on RAGBRAI as a way of thanking the members of the US Air Force Cycling Team for your help and encouragement during the week. I aimed high by registering for RAGBRAI and attempting the Karras Loop, but I wouldn’t have finished either one without you, and for that I will always be deeply grateful. Thank you Air Force!

RAGBRAI 2021, Day 7. Dewitt to Clinton.

An odyssey is a journey that’s marked by changes in a traveler’s fortune, and that’s a good description of this past week. About a month before the start of RAGBRAI I noticed that some of my gears were skipping when I rode. I contacted the mechanic who tuned up my bike in March and replaced the rear gear cassette to try to make an appointment to get it checked and got no response. 2 more tries, 2 more no responses. Ok, I guess you’re my former mechanic. I could work around the skipping gears, so I shipped my bike to Iowa about 2 weeks ahead of the start. When I got to LeMars I had a mechanic look at the rear wheel. He made some adjustments to tighten the rear axle assembly and I started the ride. As the week went on a wobble developed, and I had a different mechanic look at the rear axle on Thursday.  He re-tightened the axle and it held up for a few hours, but the wheel started wobbling and rubbing again during the Karras Loop. Several members of the US Air Force cycling team came to my rescue and got me back on the road to finish the Century. Their fix held up on Friday’s ride from Anamosa to Dewitt - I actually saw the mechanic who worked on the bike on Thursday and told him that he owed the Air Force money. I only needed to ride 31.6 miles to finish, and thought I’d get that done and send the bike home to figure out what to do next. Not perfect, but I can nurse it along. Or so I thought.

When I set up camp last night in Dewitt I covered my bike with a plastic sheet to protect it from the morning dew. During the evening one of the vendors in camp ran over the handlebars on a gator and broke off one of the brake levers. He didn’t run away and I got his contacts to have him pay for repairs at home. Tis but a scratch - an annoying mistake but still rideable after a temporary repair. Or so I thought.

I started the last day of RAGBRAI at 7 am. I checked and tightened the rear wheel to the frame. I just need 31.6 more miles…let’s do this! Or so I thought. The back wheel was wobbling, to the point that other riders started warning me about it. After about 5 miles I stopped to check the wheel and retighten it, and that’s when the axle assembly failed. The bearings on one side of the axle were completely gone, and there was no going forward without a major repair. With no bike shop in sight, I knew I was in danger of not finishing RAGBRAI just short of the end.

Or so I thought. I had pulled over to check the wheel in Wayne Stuedemann’s driveway, and Wayne came out to investigate my situation. At about the same time that Wayne and his family reached me, several members of the US Air Force cycling team arrived…again! One of the members remembered me from Thursday, and he checked the axle and confirmed that it wasn’t rideable. With this news, Wayne stepped forward and offered to loan me his own bike - which he hadn’t ridden in several years - to finish the tour. Wow! Just wow! Offer accepted - I didn’t come this far to not finish! Wayne, the Air Force team members and I put our heads together and found a bike shop in Clinton where I could leave Wayne’s bike. Wayne will bring my broken bike there and pick his up the next time he’s in Clinton. Wayne brought his bike out of the garage and he and the Airmen helped get it ready to ride, including inflating the tires, oiling the chain and setting the seat height. Hands were shaken and thanks were given, and I rejoined the line of riders pedaling toward Clinton. Wayne’s bike was mechanically fine - it went fast downhill and let me climb hills the way I’m used to. I’m so thankful that Wayne reached out to help me - a complete stranger - finish RAGBRAI! I’m completely humbled by the gift of his generosity.

As I rode toward Clinton I took in the sights of the open countryside one last time. The bike I was on was different from the orange road bike I brought to Iowa, but I thought I could make it to the end…and this time I was right! I rode the final miles with a jumble of thoughts and fresh memories running through my mind as I waved to the townspeople who came out to watch us ride by. Today’s route ended at a boat ramp on the shore of the Mississippi River, and I was filled with a sense of accomplishment as I rolled Wayne’s bike into the muddy water to mark the end of our journey. I made it! RAGBRAI 2021 was done.

As soon as I finished I knew that I had to make arrangements to exchange the bikes. I had planned to ship my bike home through Pork Belly Ventures, and they had my shipping box waiting at their end site in Clinton Park. I rode there from the dip site and explained my situation to Tammy, the co-owner of PBV. She quickly found an employee - Nick - with a truck and time to drive me to the bike shop we had agreed on. I made arrangements at the shop to transfer the bikes and ship mine home with the UPS Ground label that I had paid for. I drove  back to the PBV site with Nick and took one final shower before adding another donation to the employee tip jar. Thank you for a great week PBV!

Before I end this I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the members of the US Air Force cycling team who helped me this morning and on Thursday on the Karras Loop. I wouldn’t have finished the Century or RAGBRAI without your help, and I’m tremendously grateful to each of you for the help you provided all of us during the week, and for the work you do to protect our freedoms every day. You and your fellow service members are truly America’s best! Thank you!

I’m writing this from a charter bus that’s shuttling me to Chicago - I’m flying home from there tomorrow. It’s more than 106 miles from Clinton to Chicago, and I’m pretty sure that we left with a full tank of gas. Someone on board probably has a half pack of cigarettes. It’s not dark out yet but I’ve got my sunglasses. 😎 Illinois looks like a nice place for a bike ride.😉  Thank you all for your encouragement and good comments this week. America has its share of problems and disagreements, but my week in Iowa was a great reminder of the good people and kind acts that are all around us but aren’t publicized. As the billboard that  I saw on the way to LeMars said, “We’re Americans, it’s going to be okay”. Now get on your bikes and ride! 🚴👍😊 #RAGBRAI2021
6 months ago
Liz Heidenreich

Thanks so much to these 3… and all of the AF Cycling Team for all the help! 🤩🤩🏆 ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks so much to these 3… and all of the AF Cycling Team for all the help! 🤩🤩🏆
6 months ago
Gerene Gibbs

Huge thank you to Jason and Steve for helping change my flat and getting me back on the road yesterday. Thanks again, gentlemen! And I love the welcome we got from the team when we came into Clinton, makes me tear up every time! The Air Force Cycling Team rocks! ... See MoreSee Less

Huge thank you to Jason and Steve for helping change my flat and getting me back on the road yesterday. Thanks again, gentlemen! And I love the welcome we got from the team when we came into Clinton, makes me tear up every time! The Air Force Cycling Team rocks!
6 months ago
Jennifer Lloyd

We want to take a moment and thank our Guardians of the Roads!! You guys are amazing and made us feel safe during the Ragbrai 2021. Not only could we count on you guys to help us but you motivated us along the way by sharing stories. Special thanks to Airman Joey from San Antonio for chatting with us. #thankyouforyourservice #WeAppreciateYouAll ... See MoreSee Less

We want to take a moment and thank our Guardians of the Roads!! You guys are amazing and made us feel safe during the Ragbrai 2021.  Not only could we count on you guys to help us but you motivated us along the way by sharing stories.  Special thanks to Airman Joey from San Antonio for chatting with us.  #thankyouforyourservice #WeAppreciateYouAll
6 months ago
Sara Brusseau

Thank you to the Air Force Cycling team for helping us on Monday! We had a tire blowout and they helped get us to the next town for a new tire. We appreciate you and thank you for your service! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to the Air Force Cycling team for helping us on Monday! We had a tire blowout and they helped get us to the next town for a new tire. We appreciate you and thank you for your service!
6 months ago
Stephanie Hagen Brenning

Thanks to Joey from San Antonio for stopping to make sure my bike was working properly! I appreciate it and hope to see AF riders every year on RAGBRAI! Thank you for your service and all you do to keep America safe and free! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago
Erica Walsh LaFever

Air Force Team was awesome on RAGBRAI. Helped us change a flat tire in seconds on Day 1. Special s/o to Joey from Texas and Thomas from Minot. ... See MoreSee Less

Air Force Team was awesome on RAGBRAI. Helped us change a flat tire in seconds on Day 1. Special s/o to Joey from Texas and Thomas from Minot.Image attachment
6 months ago
Tiffany Brenneman

Thank you guys for supporting us during RAGBRAI! Super thanks to the gentleman that gave my daughter a coin. I’m a veteran myself and that was a super proud moment! You guys helped me change a tire this year and in 2019. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you guys for supporting us during RAGBRAI! Super thanks to the gentleman that gave my daughter a coin. I’m a veteran myself and that was a super proud moment! You guys helped me change a tire this year and in 2019.
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