This year will mark my 6th year participating in the Tour de Force N.Y. charitable bike ride supporting families of fallen police officers. It is with extreme gratitude that I thank you for your past and future support for such an important cause.
On September 9, 2017, I will join 300 police officers from around the country and ride to honor and support families of police officers killed in the line of duty. The 2017 Tour de Force will consist of a 300 mile bicycle ride begining in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing through country roads in New England, and concluding in Manhattan, New York. The Tour de Force N.Y. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was founded in 2002 in honor of the victims of 9-11-01 and to remember police officers killed in the line of duty. The organization has evolved into a nationally recognized charity that supports the families of police officers across the country who were killed in the line of duty.
Too often, we hear of police officers unnecessarily killed in our country. These heros payed the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the communities they served. This year 69 police officers have already lost their lives and this number will surely increase by the end of the year. By clicking the GIVE NOW button on my fundraising page and pledging your donation, you are assisting my efforts to raise money for families of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
Thank you for your consideration and your pledge which supports fallen police officers and their families.
September 14, 2017 10:45 AM
Day 4 Melville N.Y. to Manhattan N.Y.
Average Speed: 12.4 mph
Max Speed: 34.7 mph
Elevation Gain 1,229 feet of climbing
Saddle up at 8 am en route for the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. This portion of the ride has historically been one of the best as we receive quite a bit of street side support and cheering in appreciation for honoring the victims of 9/11 and police officers killed in the line of duty. The closer we got to Manhattan the more aware local citizens became in support of our cause. This leg proved that the events of 9/11 are still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers and history repeats itself as the majority of them lined the city streets cheering our arrival. After several miles on Northern Avenue we made our way to the 59th Street Bridge where we crossed the East River and arrived in Manhattan. The Days ride was supported by the NYPD who gave us an unbelievable escort with support from their highway division, traffic division, air support, harbor and mounted unit. The men an women of the NYPD did an exceptional job bringing the streets of Manhattan to a stand still so we can ride safely to our destination.
Riding through the streets of Manhattan where road closures are in effect is certainly a rare experience. Doing it beside NYPD Police Commissioner James P. O'neill is an even more rare experience.
Arriving at The Freedom Tower in the presence of 300 riders and support staff with thousands of citizens lining the streets was a very humbling experience as we paused fro a brief moment of silence. As the day came to an end we looped around and arrived at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park where a brief ceremony commenced. Commissioner O'neill addressed the riders and the crowd who were gathered along the city sidewalks. A few photos and it was on to breaking down our bikes boxing them up to make the trip back to Arizona.
In the six years I have participated in this charitable event I have learned that complaining gets you nowhere, pain is temporary and life is short. If you have an opportunity to pay it forward then seize the moment and work as hard as you can to improve the life of someone in crisis.
It is an honor to have represented the Phoenix Police Department, The City of Phoenix and all of you who pledged your donation to support such a great cause.
September 14, 2017 9:26 AM
Day 3 Orient Point N.Y. to Melville N.Y.
Miles: 81 miles
Average Speed: 15.9 mph
Max Speed: 40.8 mph
Elevation Gain 1,704 feet of climbing
After the hour and twenty minute ferry ride across the Long Island Sound we arrived in N.Y. on the north shore of Long Island at Orient Point, a place I was very familiar with from my childhood days. At about 9:00 am we threw our tired and lifeless legs over our bikes and saddled up for the days 81 mile ride. One of the most beautiful parts of this ride is the eastern end of Long Island with farms, wineries, cider houses and historic properties along the way. As we cycled west battling head and cross winds our pace line was slower than anyone of us expected but that just offered more of an opportunity to enjoy the scenery.
We would eventually arrive at Finks Farm in Calverton where my dad fed the tour an amazing lunch in a beautiful farm setting. After the short reunion and a quick bite to eat it was back on the road for another 41 miles. This leg of the ride was nothing to write home about. Much of the route was freeway access road which unfortunately, is the only safe way to get to our destination. This was the part of the days ride that accumulated the majority our elevation gain as just about every mile or two was a hill related mostly, to freeway entrance and exit ramps.
The weather stayed true to the forecast giving us sunshine and 70 degrees. There were only a few known crashes due to the horrendous condition of the roads, thankfully no major injuries reported. Five hours after our departure we arrived at our destination where all the riders and support staff came together to reminisce our experiences and enjoy good food and a cold beverage.
Day three was another minimal sacrifice, the least we can do to honor the victims of 9/11 and fallen officers killed in the line of duty, nationwide.
September 10, 2017 11:00 PM
Day 2 Warwick R.I. to Ledyard Ct.
Average Speed: 15.5 mph
Max Speed: 36.3 mph
Elevation Gain 2,833 feet of climbing
Today was another excellent day to be on the open road. After leaving Warwick, a town I would not write home about, we worked our way through the beautiful coastline of Narragansett, Watch Hill and some others I wouldn't dare attempt to spell or pronounce. (Narragansett was a prime location for a coastal photo opportunity for me and my bike)
We battled a serious head wind for most of the day and when it wasn't blowing in our face, the cross winds were surely trying to blow us over. The hills of New England were long rollers surrounded by large trees ponds, small towns and deep woods all of which offered some very scenic views. The ocean views while on the coast were amazing.
The 66 degree weather felt warm but the coastal winds kept us feeling perfect throughout the day. I am pretty sore throughout my entire body and tomorrow we are rewarded with an 80 mile day across Long Island. We will ride from Orient Point N.Y. to Melville N.Y after ferrying across the Long Island Sound. Having grown up on Long Island if you asked me about a hill, I would have replied, "yes, there is one! Bald Hill". As a kid I remember Long Island as flat as flat lands can be. Ironically enough when I throw my leg over a bicycle and cycle across Long Island, no matter the direction, it is anything but flat... Nevertheless, I am lookong forward to tomorrow's ride as it brings me back home momentarily.
In case you were wondering there was only one known crash today. As a result of the crash the rider suffered scrapes and cuts but also struck his head on the ground. He will be ok despite the fact his helmet broke in half. This should be a reminder for you and your families to promote bicycle safety and ensure proper protective gear is being worn at all times.
Thank you for following this journey and supporting this very important cause.
We ride for those who died in the line of duty.
September 9, 2017 9:31 PM
Day 1 Boston Ma. to Warwick R.I.
Average Speed: 15.5 mph
Max Speed: 34.3 mph
Today was an exceptional day to be on the bike with perfect weather, temperatures in the mid 70's. Today's ride was a little slower than I'd have liked with about 25 miles of the ride under a full police escort. Despite three separate crashes, one happening a few bikes in front of me, every rider completed the days ride.
Tomorrow we tackle the hills of New England. This is by far one of the prettiest legs of the ride as we depart Warwick and head for Mystic Ct. riding through Narragansett and Watch Hill Rhode Island. (Home to Taylor Swift)
Thank you all for your continued support of this journey.
September 8, 2017 10:54 PM
As I am lying here in bed winding down I can't help but think how grateful I am for the support you all have shown for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. As you know this is my 6th year participating in the Tour de Force N.Y.. Tomorrow, we will depart Boston and pedal some 65 miles to Warwick R.I. where we will stay the night. I anticipate a long but easy ride trying to preserve as much energy for the hills of New England on Sunday. I am proud to represent all of you, The City of Phoenix Police Department and the law enforcement community.
Your kindness and support are truly making a difference for the families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty and for that I say THANK YOU!
Tomorrow, I will be on the back country roads of New England proudly representing you while I ride in honor of all of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you for your kindness and support,