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Wounded Warriors: Trailblazer and the Biffmaster

  • By Bob Babbitt
  • Published Jul. 22, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT
President George W. Bush on the front aboard his Trek Superfly 100. Bush is leading 14 veterans wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan in the Big Bend Ranch State Park of Texas during the first day of the W100K mountain bike ride. Photo by Paul Morse.

Wounded Warriors: Still Shredding

The W100K mountain bike ride is the first event of the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Social Enterprise Initiative. Photo by Paul Morse.

Not much has changed. During the three days of the W100K, President Bush spent time on the bike sweating together with the troops. Off the bike, he would check in with each of the servicemen and women to see how they were doing, how their lives were going. Could he do anything for them? To him a catered three-day mountain bike trip with a guest appearance from seven-time Tour de France champion and fellow Texan Lance Armstrong and some magic during dinner from David Blaine was only the beginning of the conversation.

Mr. Bush feels a loyalty to the troops that served under him and his reasoning behind creating the W100K was simple.

“I put these men and women in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, “he says emphatically. “I feel that they will always be part of my family and I will always be part of theirs.”

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