An Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, Bill Czyzewski has been deep in the jungles of Vietnam, with Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry - the famed Blackhorse Regiment. The Regiment was a specialized cavalry outfit equipped with tanks and armored assault vehicles. Bill participated in the May 1, 1970 Operation Fish Hook, which encircled a North Vietnamese logistics center. While in Vietnam, the regiment received its own distinctive patch and three soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. Bill received the Purple Heart for his service.
Bill has been actively training for the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride. He rides the Jail Trail near the West Virginia Regional Jail, 12 miles each day. On weekends, Bill rides the Western Maryland Rail Trail, 46.1 miles long.
Starting cycling as a rehabilitation activity, Bill has a number of rides under his belt, including Ride 2 Recovery’s Florida Challenge, the Gulf Coast Challenge from New Orleans to Tallahassee, and the 9/11 Memorial Challenge from Jacksonville to Tampa. Bill rode around in circle after the 9/11 ride in the parking lot, since he wanted to keep going. Now, that’s pumped!
Bill has also participated in two Face of America rides from World T.E.A.M. Sports, in 2011 and 2012. In 2010, he rode one stage of the Sea to Shining Sea ride with the veterans of that ride.
Now 63 years young, Bill was married, but now lives with his seven year old black and silver German Shepard, which he would like to include on his cross-country trip. He reports his dog often trains with him.
Bill dedicates his ride to the over 58,000 brothers and sisters on the Vietnam Memorial, the Black Wall in Washington D.C.; to his unit, the 11th Armored Cavalry; and to every veteran who is hurting today. “Get out there, your life is not done!” said Bill.