Cyclists ride for wounded Veterans

Serious cyclists and recreational riders alike are invited to help severely wounded veterans by joining “V3”, the second annual Veterans Victory Velo bike ride set for Saturday, October 12, 2013 in San Ramon.

Riders can choose from three routes:  30 miles, 60 miles or the more challenging 100 mile Devil Mountain Century to raise funds for the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (, a San Ramon based non-profit which has been helping wounded veterans regain their self-sufficiency and independence since its inception in 2003.

Early-bird registration is now open at  Registration fees increase after September 1st.  All V3 rides will begin and end in the parking lot of the Foundation offices located at 2678 Bishop Drive in San Ramon. Riders from the novice to the experienced are welcome.

100-mile Devil Mountain Century Ride begins at 7 a.m.

60-mile ride begins at 9 a.m.

30-mile ride begins at 10 a.m.

The 30-mile ride is an out-and-back along San Ramon and Foothill Blvd. to the picturesque and historic town of Sunol. The 60-mile ride loops through the Tri-Valley area, extending east from Danville to the lush vineyards of Livermore and the rolling hills of Pleasanton before returning through Dublin and San Ramon. The 100-mile Devil Mountain Century Ride takes cyclists to the ranger station on Mt. Diablo, down through Clayton and up and over Morgan Territory lands before descending into the Livermore/Pleasanton/Sunol region on the return.

Participants who register by June 27th will receive a free comprehensive safety clinic and four free training rides included in their registration. The 3-hour evening class will be taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, and the group training rides will be held one per month until race day. All registrants may join the training rides regardless of registration date.

Following the bike rides, there will be a family-friendly celebration including a barbecue lunch provided by Carl’s Jr. (, live music provided by AKA of Ken Cooper Music (, food tents, wine and beer tastings, free massages for riders, static displays from local military organizations, and other fun events. The festival is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Radio station 101.7 KKIQ ( will be broadcasting live at various times throughout the day from the Bishop Ranch start and finish line.

A new custom bike jersey is available for purchase online now through ride day to commemorate the V3 event. The Club Cut, red, white and blue bike jersey, $65, is a little longer and looser than a Race Cut jersey. Cycling bibs and shorts with the V3 logo may also be purchased.

Corporate sponsorship packages are still available for this event.

Anyone interested in more information about race details and registration, jersey purchase, or the Sentinels of Freedom organization should go to or email [email protected].  SOF staff can be reached at 925-380-6342.