During the morning of the final day of the W100 Wounded Warrior mountain bike ride at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, former President George W. Bush (left) and event volunteer Kyle McAdams of Amarillo (right) assist Wounded Warrior Dan Gade of West Point, NY, up a steep incline along one of the many single-track trails at the Park. Despite injuries and trauma suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Wounded Warriors courageously completed the challenging, three-day, 100k ride alongside their former commander-in-chief, including Saturday’s final stretch that covered 19.4 miles. For more information about the W100, visit TPWD Photo by Bryan Frazier.

Presidential wheels rolling through Palo Duro Canyon could create some positive spin for the state park’s rugged mountain-biking trails and other features, according to those involved in events related to the The Bush Center Warrior 100K Ride.

Former President George W. Bush brought the three-day, 100-kilometer ride to Palo Duro Canyon State Park Thursday through Saturday.

The ride is designed to draw attention to the service and sacrifice of military men and women wounded in the war on terrorism, spokeswoman Hannah Abney said.

An estimated 70 to 80 people participated in the ride, including Bush, 20 servicemen and women, the president’s security detail, medical personnel and other invited guests, including some local residents, Amarillo National Bank Vice President William Ware said.

Source: Karen Smith Welch for Amarillo Globe-News.

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