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Army and cycling(6 posts)

Army and cyclingstinkfoot247
Dec 8, 2003 5:47 AM
tell me all about it. How often do you get to ride. How many bikes can you have. thanks
re: Army and cyclingChen2
Dec 8, 2003 7:25 AM
All depends on where you are and what you do.
FWIW, I used to live near Camp Pendelton...OffTheBack
Dec 8, 2003 7:33 AM
and there were a lot of marines who raced bikes. If you want to see a fast, well-organized, efficient pace line, try riding with some marines. I'm sure there are plenty of Army riders too.
FWIW, I used to live near Camp Pendelton...dave woof
Dec 8, 2003 8:20 AM
I tried to ride in the army - did a lot of shift work so it was a hassle. Got to ride in Germany though. That's a great place to ride. Don't really have time until you get to your perm. party assignment though.

Good luck getting to keep you bike in the barrracks though. I was lucky and had a spare locker in my room. :D

D
army cycling from an army officerbrad nicholson
Dec 8, 2003 9:58 AM
i am an captain in the army. it is like any job in that you have to balance work with play. i find that commuting makes up a lot of the base mileage i otherwise would not get due to the commitments of my profession and i concentrate on making solid hr workouts count! the downside is that as a soldier living in the barracks you will have a room mate most likely so your space will be limited, so you will have to work that out on your own. here in germany most all the barracks for my soldiers have an outdoor covered rack, not too bad and you can get a cloth cover also to help. i keep my bike there during the day as i commute 10 miles from heidelberg to schwetzingen germany. time for riding in the army competes with some strange circumstances...30-40 day training exercises where you only dream of bikes and extended 6-7 months in afghanistan where you wish you had a bike, that is what i find frustrating. in 2001 when i was at fort bragg i got into reasonably good shape and it was looking great for the races but then before summer i punched overseas to the stan for about 6-7 months. oh well...you will meet many cyclists in the army...there is a club and everything. check it out at: http://hometown.aol.com/ArmyCycling/ArmyCycling.html
Brad's reply is on the markheckman
Dec 8, 2003 10:13 AM
I was both enlisted and an officer during my time in the army (12 years) and concur with what Brad says. It really just depends on where you are stationed and what your job is. When I was stationed in Massachusetts as an enlisted, I had an 7-5 job and was able to ride pretty much daily, but I did not even take a bike for a tour of duty in Korea. While stationed in Georgia, it was exactly as Brad describes; months of being able to train followed by extended deployments to the Middle East. My brother is currently stationed in Germany and commutes to work to ensure that he gets his training in.

If you are in the Northeast, West Point also has a cycling team, link below.

http://www.usma.edu/uscc/dca/clubs/cycl/home.html

Larry