Project Echelon Racing
We educate, equip, & empower veterans through physical activity.
While performing at an elite level is our focus, our motivation is to use our talents to shine a positive light on the veteran community. The reality is that cycling is much more than a sport, it is a form of therapy. In 2015, an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day. A majority of these veterans were victims of the inability to access long term, financially sustainable therapy for issues related to depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries. As a result many turn to substance abuse and/or self harm.
Recent research has shown that cycling is one of the most effective, accessible, and sustainable forms of therapy for veterans due to its low impact, aerobic, and team based nature. Researchers have also found that cycling is viewed as one of the most socially acceptable forms of therapy amongst veterans.
The cycling team serves as the public face of Project Echelon, promoting our cause to cycling enthusiasts and fans as we train, race and interact with communities from across the country. Furthermore, the team has a direct connection to the veterans that Project Echelon supports through a variety of program, personal development workshops, and other resources provided by our supporters.
To live is the rarest thing in the world.