DynCorp International is sponsoring the 2012 “Bike for the Blue” event, an annual bicycle ride from the state capitol building in Richmond, Va., to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Police officers from several Virginia police departments participate in the event, which serves as a showing of support for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
DI is sponsoring the ride by providing jerseys for participants and t-shirts for event staff.
“This year we will honor the 168 brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our way of life. DynCorp International has supported ‘Bike for the Blue’ for three years and continues to be a great supporter of our cause, and we are most grateful,” said Officer Brian Rhodenizer, Chesterfield County Police Department.
Rhodenizer worked with DI in Iraq from 2006-2007 as an International Police Advisor in support of the U.S. Civilian Police (CIVPOL) program and is now a yearly participant in the event.
“DI’s support of this year’s ride is monumental in making this one of the most successful yet,” said Rhodenizer.
“Bike for the Blue” History
The bike ride was organized 11 years ago by a small group of Chesterfield County Police Officers. The ride originally included a small contingent of volunteer riders and has grown into a large annual gathering of officers from Chesterfield County Police Department, Richmond Police Dept., Virginia Tech University Police Dept., Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, and the Richmond Capitol Police.
The ride begins at the Richmond Capitol each year during the morning of May 13. The journey to Washington, D.C. totals 118 miles on northward travel primarily on Route 1, with a lunch break halfway through.
A contingent of support staff from all of the participating police departments escort the officers throughout the ride. The support personnel travel in marked and unmarked vehicles, and provide vehicles and equipment to assist riders. Each jurisdiction also assists by blocking intersections within their jurisdiction so that the ride can continue safely and non-stop straight through to D.C. The ride typically takes 12 to 13 hours, and ends at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C.’s Judiciary Square.
Riding for a Cause
The ride is completely voluntary, and is completed on the participating officers own time, and at their own expense. The ride will be completed by more than 30 Chesterfield County Police Officers, and an additional 60 to 70 riders from other jurisdictions.