WWP Soldier Ride: Santa Monica

Soldier Ride came to California last week…  Evomo riders Bryan, Brad,  Alan and Brett Miller (US ARMY ret.) came out to support the ride and had an excellent time.  After the weeks of rain we have been getting here in LA the past few weeks, Soldier Ride got a perfect sunny and warm California day. Its always an honor for me and the Evomo team to ride along with Woody and the Soldiers.  Personally I have made some great friends with a few of the guys and hope that I and Evomo can continue to offer any support we can.

Here are the highlights from last Friday, FEB 20.


Woody Groton is the National Tour Director and Army Ranger… oh and Evomo East Coast Commander, dont mess with this guy!


Getting interviewed by the local FOX 11 news station


Soldier Ride at the beach, nice!


This year Evomo designed a limited edition commemorative Soldier Ride t-shirt which looks awesome on Nick.


The ride begins heading south from the Santa Monica Pier


Then cutting through Venice to Marina Del Rey.




We are just north of LAX.


Saul Raisin (former Pro Road cyclist who sustained terrible injuries during a crash on his bike. Doctors didn’t expect him to walk, let alone ride a bike) joined the Soldiers for the ride and gave everyone signed book ‘Tour de Life’.


The Group of tough guys and women.


heading back north on the bike path.



Passing through Marina Del Rey.


Back into Venice Beach.


The Coast Guard helicopter did a few fly overs in salute of the Soldiers.


LA Fire, Coast Guard, Santa Monica Police, Life Guards and local school children welcome back the soldiers from their ride.


Steve (Navy) gives an interview.


Local Santa Monica P.D. provided awesome support on the ride, keeping us safe and holding traffic as we rode.


More interviews.


Evomo Crew representing… notice the Wounded Warrior Logo on the jersey. All Evomo jerseys have the logo.


Night fall means its time to ear and have some drinks… big thanks to Boston Scientific for hosting a very nice dinner party.


Rick Allen (Drummer for Def Leppard) came, signed autographs, took pictures, had dinner and hung out afterwards to chat with everyone!  Talk about a cool guy.  Mr. Allen has set up a foundation called the Raven Drum Foundation which is an innovative healing program for veterans, active duty military, and their families to aid in healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, combat-related trauma, and the everyday stress, anxiety, and depression experienced by service men and women and their families.


Tim, Alan, Rick, Sean and Brett.

Watch a video here from FOX Channel 11 News

more info on Wounded Warrior Program

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  1. Rish on February 23, 2009
    sounds like a great time...
  2. Mike Durner on February 23, 2009
    Awesome! Thanks for the coverage and support Bryan. Mike
  3. Walker Thompson on February 23, 2009
    What a great story! just another example of team Evomo making a difference!
  4. Nibal Elias on February 23, 2009
    That looks like fun, way long though. It's good to see that motivation in those soldiers and of course Evomo representing.
  5. Woody on February 24, 2009
    Man, my gut is looking big in that yellow jersey! This old ranger needs to lose the winter flab :-) Thanks for the great coverage. Was nice to see you again. Woody
  6. Clint Hosman on February 24, 2009
    How cool was Lance?
  7. Michael Takahashi on February 25, 2009
    Wish I was able to come... looked like fun! Haaaa pops is next to Rick Allen!!!
  8. John McAvoy on February 25, 2009
    Woody, Sounds like fun..I'm on the Raven Drum website and hoping people will view Wounded Warrior Outreach Video #6 [West Point & John McAvoy))....I'm trying to increase the available instruments to the Northeast......Also start and assist with a Drumming Program..PS I remember the day you guys came to the Mologne House....Thanks again for your work with people; Soldiers/Veterans especially. john.mcavoy@us.army.mil or jhansiavoy@aol.com
  9. Ronald on February 25, 2009
    You guys are awesome for supporting our men and women who have been in war and lived to see another day.

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