PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- More than 200 bicyclists are traveling through the Central Coast this week as part of a 450 mile bike ride for injured veterans.
Dozens of cyclists started their trip on Sunday October 21st in San Francisco. They are riding along the Pacific Coast Highway. The groups of bikers will be making stops in several places like Santa Cruz, Carmel, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Ventura and Santa Monica. The ride ends on Saturday October 27th at the Santa Monica Pier. Several bicyclists, including injured veterans will be out in full force. The Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Ride 2 Recovery provides a variety of rehabilitation programs for veterans, and uses cycling as their #1 activity. Other programs include physical and psychological rehabilitation, indoor spinning training and long distance rides.
The organization says the training helps injured veterans heal by challenging them to travel long distances on their bikes. People are encouraged to gather near the bike routes to show support.