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ABOVE >> Adaptive athletes celebrate at the conclusion of Face of America Gettysburg. RIGHT TOP >> Athletes with Team Strength & Honor ride a tandem bicycle on a foggy Maryland morning at Face of America Gettysburg. RIGHT BOTTOM >> A quick selfie for social media before starting Face of America Gettysburg on the streets of Arlington, Virginia. 6 In its 16th year, the inclusive cycling challenge featured more than 500 athletes from across North America, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Of these, nearly 90 were adaptive military veterans who have served in wars and conflicts since the 1960s. The remaining athletes were civilians and veterans of all ages and backgrounds, coming together to support and honor these adaptive athletes who have sacrificed so much in their lives. Only the morning before, the athletes had set off from chilly starting lines in Arlington, Virginia and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. More than 110 miles of pedaling lay before them as they departed, a two-day journey through sometimes hilly terrain that would test their physical fitness and their dedication to completing a commitment to both themselves, and to their sponsors, who contributed to the success of the program through personal fundraising campaigns. The two routes joined together at a rural volunteer fire station late Sunday morning just north of the Maryland state line. From this meeting point, the two groups would ride as one through the historic and solemn Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, through the WORLD T . E . A . M . ANNUAL RE VIEW 2018