By Airman 1st Class Codie Collins
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Cyclists from the Air Force Cycling Team surge to the start line. Hands tighten their grip on handle bars. Riders mentally prepare themselves for the long race ahead. For a brief moment, all is still. The horn sounds. An ocean of cyclists pour onto the road, filling every bit of pavement – each vying for a place at the trophy stand.
Interested? The Little Rock Air Force Base Cycling Team is accepting applications for its 2017 team.
The AFCT is a cycling team whose primary mission is to promote the Air Force through the core values: Integrity First, Excellence in All We Do and Service Before Self.
Active-duty personnel, Air National Guardsmen, Air Force Reserve, retirees, civilian employees and dependents are all eligible to try out for the team. To join, those interested must meet the specific requirements to include being a seasoned cyclist, committed to the team and, if military, meet the minimum passing fitness requirements.
“When we start training for races, we begin with biking 10-15 miles a day and increase the mileage as our training continues,” said Master Sergeant Sandra Frank, 19th Force Support Squadron lodgings operations manager and AR team lead for the Little Rock AFB Cycling team. “The team works incredibly hard.”
The goals of AFCT are to enhance the relationship between the Department of the Air Force and the general public, to assist the Air Force Recruiting Service and to bring Air Force members together to interact and bond.
AFCT’s premier ride is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, where more than a hundred Air Force cyclers ride 500 miles across Iowa to promote the U.S. Air Force.
“Cycling is an adrenaline rush,” Frank said. “It is also a great way to stay in shape and build camaraderie within the AF.”
For more information on AFCT, visit http://afcycling.com/, or to register contact Master Sgt. Sandra Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.