BE MOTIVATING As one of the mid- Atlantic’s most popular and well-attended non- competitive bicycling events, Face of America reaches an ever- expanding audience PARTNER SPOTLIGHT of support each year. KATE HOOF PARTNER I VOLUNTEER 14 From the inaugural cross-country ATC Colorado 2016 ride in May 2000 to 2016’s dual Face of America 2016 routes from Arlington, Virginia and ATC North Carolina 2015 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Face Riding on the of back of a motorcycle piloted America has connected athletes by photographer Tony Granata, Virginia of varying backgrounds and abilities. videographer Cycling and teacher Kate Hoof found on uprights, recumbents herself in the and action of cycles the 2016 Face of America hand side-by-side, mile bicycle ride. Gaining possible when by mile, access through not cities, small towns traveling in a and peloton Kate captured rural vehicle, lands, the athletes grew intimate moments of perseverance and close together. dedication. At the ride’s beginning in Arlington “What stands and out in my mind seeing a line Valley Forge is early Saturday of two, three or four cyclists side participants by side, morning, many riding first-year assisting each were other uncertain up a tough hill. The of what was visual to come. was powerful Even and symbolized in they many wondered ways with training, what the ride if was all were about,” she recalled. they capable of completing two days of cycling, or if they could In addition to keep filming they pedaled up athletes with the as peloton. With along the route, Kate conducted inspirational assistance from more experienced interviews with adaptive explained riders, these veterans athletes who not only how their lives successfully have been reached changed Gettysburg, through a World T.E.A.M. but Sports they event. inspired others to undertake and succeed through Kate’s role at similar Face of physical America challenges. was assisted It through her experiences at the November 2015 is this exceptional strength and Adventure Team Challenge that in North Carolina. perseverance inspired their There, she interviewed athletes and captured able-bodied colleagues, as well rafting, off-road climbing and zip line as cycling, spectators and supporters who action in crafting the official event video.