A Tour De Force: Team WITNESS Rides Again!

On Sunday, May 1, Team WITNESS proved that it takes more than a few clouds to rain on our parade.

While most of New York rolled over in bed and snuggled up under their covers, twelve dedicated bikers refused to be daunted by cold, wind, or rain. Instead, they took on five bridges, 40 miles, and – you guessed it – five boroughs in the 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. And they did it all in the name of human rights defenders around the world.

As you might expect, this year’s team was an impressive bunch. We had four returning biker’s from last year’s event, two WITNESS Board members, and our fearless Executive Director leading the charge. We had eight proud New Yorkers biking their hometown, two San Franciscans in for a whirlwind tour of New York, and two Irish invaders to laugh in the face of this ‘light rain’. And of course we can’t forget the three young people taking their parents out for a spin, all the while taking an impressive stand for human rights.

Admit it. You’re impressed…and you wish you were out biking with the cool kids. Check out these awesome pictures from race day, and show your support by helping our bikers smash their fundraising goals!

WITNESS couldn’t be prouder of our amazing team for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to human rights. On a gloomy gray day, Team WITNESS brought the sunshine with their smiles and irrepressible good cheer. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating their accomplishments…and wishing them a well earned week of relaxation!


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