SV Cyclopaths assemble at the state Capitol for the start of the ride.

SV Cyclopaths assemble at the state Capitol for the start of the ride.

By Capt. Darren Chamberlain
Correctional Training Facility

The SV Cyclopaths recently headed to Sacramento to ride in support of the Ride 2 Recovery – Honor Ride.

The Honor Ride is a non-competitive cycling event during which active service members, injured veterans and the general public get to ride together. Rides varied from 10 to 100 miles and were designed for all skill levels. Injured veterans rode for free.

CTF Warden (A) Shawn Hatton

CTF Warden (A) Shawn Hatton.

Ride 2 Recovery is a nonprofit dedicated to providing free recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration services for injured veterans. There are hundreds of thousands of veterans who suffer from various wounds, whether visible or not. Their cycling-based programs help to improve the mental and physical health and wellness of the healing heroes and saving lives by restoring hope and purpose, according to organizers.

The event was attended by Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Warden (A) Shawn Hatton,  along with staff from CTF, Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) and the Department of State Hospitals-Salinas Valley (located inside SVSP). In addition to the Cyclopaths attending this event, a donation of $2,510 was made to support the organization.

The money raised  for Ride 2 Recovery was once again due to the staff at CTF and SVSP, with the support of LC Action in San Jose.

After the event, Warden Hatton said, “The proceeds for this charity were raised in less than 48 hours. Once again the staff at the two (Soledad) prisons came through as a team. I’m proud to support and be a part of this cycling club. All the hard work they put in to support various veteran and law enforcement charities is fantastic.”

The SV Cyclopaths rode for charity.

The SV Cyclopaths rode for charity.