Riders at Face of America may select between two routes when registering. Our classic Arlington route is 110 miles and our northern Valley Forge route is 120 miles. Both join together in downtown Gettysburg on Sunday, April 30 for the final miles to the finish at the Allstar Expo Complex. Our classic south to north route begins in Arlington, Virginia and our northern east to west route begins in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Both routes offer riders with beautiful scenery and hearty fellowship. Classic route riders will travel by the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park before riding through the rural communities and farms of northwestern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. Northern route riders begin in historic Valley Forge National Historical Park west of Philadelphia, where General Washington and the Continental Army wintered in 1777-78, and travel west through mainly rural regions of southern Pennsylvania. The northern route is a little hillier than the classic route, so participants should be prepared for climbs and descents, particularly on the first day.
Participants may register as individual riders, or as a member of a team. Some teams are actively seeking participants. You may also create a team to recruit additional riders.
Ride registration fees and fundraising minimums for civilian, active duty military/first responder, and retired military participants are listed below. World T.E.A.M. Sports covers the entry fees and lodging costs for all registered athletes with disabilities. First-year adaptive athletes are eligible for transportation arrangements and costs if from outside the ride region.
Registration includes the Friday commemorative banquet, continental breakfasts and Saturday lunch, and Sunday lunch at the Gettysburg ride finish at the Allstar Expo Complex.
All registered participants receive the commemorative Face of America 2017 cycling jersey at ride check-in at Arlington or at Valley Forge. The VOmax Classic Club Short Sleeve Jersey is a club cut jersey made for comfort, and features a dye process that keeps colors vibrant and crisp. VOmax cycling jerseys are made from a state-of-the-art moisture wicking fabric called MicroDry. It features raglan sleeves, a full length concealed zipper, and a high collar. Review the VOmax sizing chart to determine your correct size. Here are some details about the jerseys:
The Friday evening commemorative banquets at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City in Arlington and at the Valley Forge Casino Resort Hotel in Valley Forge is included. Participants can purchase additional dinner tickets when they register or through our online store. Guest dinner tickets are priced higher if purchased at check-in.
Participating veterans and civilians with disabilities will receive direct e-mail or telephone communication from the Face of America adaptive rider coordinators following registration. You must actively communicate with the coordinators to arrange your participation - those who do not will be disqualified from riding. All participating adaptive athletes must complete the Face of America Confidential Medical Record, which will be sent by e-mail to the registered athletes by the veterans coordinators. This document must be completed and submitted to the coordinators to participate.
Adaptive military veteran, civilian and first responder athletes must have completed our online rider qualification questionnaire prior to registering. The questionnaire opened October 31, and closed the evening of December 2. Successful applicants were notified by email message the week of December 19 and were provided with registration information. Registration for adaptive athletes and required family caregivers is currently underway. Athletes who missed the questionnaire open enrollment deadline were invited to complete the application and join our waiting list until its closure in March. Waiting list athetes were invited by email to register when openings occur owing to medical reasons, official orders or other unexpected athlete withdrawals.
Athletes interested in serving as ride marshals for the 2017 Face of America will be specifically invited by the marshal coordinators and provided information regarding registration times and procedures.
Individuals who are unable to attend Face of America in person are invited to participate virtually through the Virtual Supporter category. This category has no registration fee and no fundraising minimum, and participants do not receive any ride benefits, such as a jersey or meals. They can join teams in support of team fundraising goals, however, and "virtually" participate in the ride through social media.
Fees apply to both Face of America routes.
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Special category qualifications: Adaptive athletes must have completed our online questionnaire by December 2 to qualify for registration. Caregivers must be associated with registered adaptive athletes.
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The ride marshal coordinators will contact selected athletes for positions and notify of the registration date and time.