Cycling helping Wounded Warriors heal

Military veterans to take part in weekend event

SAN DIEGO - A major cycling event this weekend is helping some military veterans recover from their injuries.

Beth Hope had nearly 20 years in the Marine Corps when a rollover accident in a Humvee ended her military career.

"I had episodes where I couldn't feel anything from the neck down," Hope said.

Vertebrae in her neck were damaged and complications set in from a stroke, but her life changed again when she met Steven Peace.

"When I met Steve and saw what he had done, I knew I could do anything," she said.

Peace is a retired surface warfare officer in the Navy who suffered a paralyzing stoke. Three years after his stroke, he was on a bike and has been cycling ever since, including earning a spot on the U.S. Paralympic team at the games in London last year.

Hope and Peace will be part of the Wounded Warrior contingent at this weekend's Amgen Tour for professional riders in Escondido.

"This puts us on the same course the professionals ride; they're the best in the world," said Robert Keating, who runs Project Hero, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Wounded Warriors recover through cycling.

The Wounded Warriors won't ride the entire course, but just being out there, Peace said, "It's cool; we'll be on the same level and riding the same course they are."

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