For the 1st Annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, the Wyakin Warrior Foundation has been selected as one of the charities benefitting from the event. Designed to increase awareness and support for severely wounded and injured veterans the Veterans Charity Ride is offering a group of former military service members, including three Wyakin Warriors (George Nickel, David Maxwell, and Tommy Montgomery), the opportunity to ride from Los Angeles to Sturgis, South Dakota just in time for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This dozen riders from various military branches and of varying ages will enjoy the weeklong motorcycle journey through some of our continent’s greatest national treasures.
Since the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis is sponsored by Indian Motorcycles, the riders will be astride Indians for the event. The ride will include six days of backroad riding through Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, The Arches and Moab, Utah. The ride will also take the veterans through Colorado National Monument, Hahn’s Peak Colorado and Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. The riders will arrive in Sturgis on Sunday, August 2nd.
Emmy award winning director Robert Manciero and his production company Full Vision Productions, will document the entire trip with online updates throughout the week. “Our team will also be using an interactive media platform that will enable fellow veterans, Indian Riders, motorcycle enthusiasts and the general public to follow the riders and campaign in real-time interacting with the veterans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We hope to achieve a sense of community, involvement, and unity amongst the group while encouraging other Veterans to join us on this adventure,” said Robert Manciero.
“Going to the Sturgis Bike Rally has been on my Bucket List for many years. Riding to the 75th anniversary with fellow veterans and my brothers from the Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a dream come true. I cannot thank Indian Motorcycle and Full Vision Productions enough for including us in this adventure of a lifetime and supporting Wyakin and their programs,” said Boise resident and Wyakin Warrior program graduate, George Nickel, a veteran Army Airborne Combat Engineer with 16 years of service, 3 deployments to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.
For more information on the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, or to make a supporting donation, visit the Wyakin Warrior Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis website. For more details about the campaign, videos and specifics of the route and excursions, visit the Veterans Charity Ride official website.