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Riders came from 34 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and Europe. PEDALING BENEATH TWO howitzer guns, athletes completing the Face of America bicycle ride to Gettysburg take in the cheers and applause of family, friends, colleagues and local residents welcoming the ecstatic riders. ABOVE: Gettysburg Links residents on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border cheer on Face of America athletes as they ride north to Gettysburg. RIGHT: Face of America Liberty athletes complete their ride at Manhattan’s World Trade Center. 14 It was only the day before that the athletes began their ride. For those who are first-year participants, about half the total riders, the 100-plus miles in the next two days can be intimidating. While many trained in preparation for their journey, the 50 or so miles in the first day is sometimes the longest an athlete has pedaled in a single day. Fortunately, Face of America is fully supported. Ride support vehicles follow the athletes, providing a helpful lift if a rider becomes tired or has an unexpected mechanical issue. Skilled bike marshals carefully monitor the group, making sure that riders stay on course and advise of hazards ahead. A moto team also provides safety support, temporarily stopping cross traffic at intersections and working with local law enforcement WORLD T.E.A.M. SPORTS ANNUAL REVIEW 2017