Law Enforcement officers from Mecklenburg County and beyond ride bicycles 500 miles over four days from Charlotte to Washington, DC. From the start in Charlotte and all along the way we are joined by fellow officers and citizens from towns and cities on the route who ride with us to show support for our cause - a ride in honor and memory of those who have died in the line of duty. Though the journey is not easy, each mile is a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. At the completion of the ride we attend the Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
In the eleven years Bike to DC has made the ride from Charlotte to DC, participation increased to over 100 riders and our mileage has increased too - we now ride 500 miles in four days. Riders in 2017 came from 21 law enforcement agencies across the USA. Officers from as far away as Washington state came to join us as we honored the fallen.
This year (2018) we anticipate having over 100 riders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg and beyond and increased interest from the communities we ride through along the way. We will arrive in DC on Saturday May 12 and attend the evening Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial on Sunday May 13. Attending this moving service is the highlight of the ride.
The ride ends in DC during Police Week, a time set aside for the community to "Honor the Service and Sacrifice of American Law Enforcement." This is not an easy journey. There is little flat ground between Charlotte and DC. But each officer is committed to complete this ride in honor of not only Officers Shelton and Clark, but for all those Law Enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.