Bicyclists raise money for veterans at Ride to Recovery

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FITCHBURG, Wis. (WMTV)--- Dozens of bicycle riders came together to raise money for our veterans, supporting programs that give vets bikes and resources for rehabilitation. Some riders at the event today were veterans on their own roads to recovery.

"It's awesome to see everybody out here," said Veteran Jonathan Winker. "I've seen a lot of the money that was raised and stuff to be able to provide veterans like myself with bikes."

When Winker was looking for a way to get back on his feet, he ended up getting on a set of wheels.

"It's been kind of a long road. I was injured in Iraq," Winker explained. "I was a big runner before hand, but I can't really run that well anymore and biking seemed like a good segue. It was something I was able to do pretty easily and still get a really good work out and still help my overall health."

With a little help from Project Hero Madison, he started peddling down his road to recovery..

"Definitely having the support helps. It keeps you motivated."

He said for injured vets, having that support to get out again is the key to healing, from the inside out.

"Being healthy is obviously a way to heal when you have physical injuries. And it's kind of a mental thing to to have the support of everybody and stay motivated," said Winker.

After years of healing, he's taking a 30 mile ride with that support right by his side.

"This will be my longest ride," he said. "I'm not really worried about not making it because i know there will be people to help me get through it."

The Madison area event is hosted by Saris Cycling Group.

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