" More than 70 cyclists and 11 support personnel representing 21 law enforcement agencies from across the country will stop in Greensboro May 10th as they make their way from Charlotte to Washington DC for Police Memorial Week. Included among the riders is Officer C.S. Schneider from the Greensboro Police Department.
This is the eighth year officers will make the trek from the Queen City to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in our nation’s capitol. The rides are in honor of law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving others.
Schneider, a nine year veteran of GPD, had a bike specially made for the solemn event. In collaboration with David Johnson owner of Sarif Cycle Worx the two designed and built the bike which can perform equally well on roads, gravel paths, or trails. The paint scheme and markings on the bike pay homage to law enforcement officers past and present.
“This ride to DC will be very meaningful to me for several reasons,” said Schneider. “The law enforcement memorial service in our nation’s capitol is a pretty awe-inspiring event. Plus, by riding there I’ll have set a personal record. I’ve never biked this many miles in this short a period before.” Cyclists cover 500 miles in four days.
The first ride in 2007 consisted of four Charlotte-based officers who made the 370 mile journey to honor two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers, Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark, who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since then, the event has steadily grown in both participation and distance.
The cyclists are expected to arrive at the Guilford County line at Hunt Road and NC 62 at approximately 9 am on May 10th. Greensboro police officers and Guilford County deputies will escort them to Governmental Plaza. At approximately 10 am, the group will lay a wreath in honor of fallen officers. Greensboro Police Deputy Chief Wayne Scott will welcome the group and make remarks at the brief ceremony, which is open to the public.
The group will then continue its ride under police escort to Gibsonville.
Motorists can expect minor delays during portions of the route. Details about the ride, including the route, are available at www.biketodc.com.
The cyclists are expected to arrive in DC on May 12 and attend the evening Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial on May 13."
A Press Release