— By JUDY SHERIDAN
Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.
“It’s the first time they’ve come to Parker County, and we wanted to make sure that they know we appreciate what they do,” Katherine Thompson said.
“This is the kind of thing we like to get involved with.”
The BLRW is the team’s sponsor and has raised the money to cover their fees.
Master Sgt. Larry Gallo, executive director of the Air Force Cycling Team, said most of the 21 riders are from Fort Worth, with most of the remaining from Randolph and Lackland Air Force bases in San Antonio.
Air Force reservist and Willow Park resident Jerry Cromer, a fireman who works for the City of Farmers Branch, suggested the Ride for Heroes, Gallo said.
“He stirred it up,” he said. “We were looking to stretch out, and he told us about it. Our main ride is a ride across Iowa in July and all 150 members of our team go.”
Gallo said most USAF team members planned to ride in the ride with the most exposure — probably the 58-mile.
“We’re here to assist and hang out,” he said. “We will ride, and we will stop and help.”
The team planned to stay overnight at Carswell Naval Air Station before heading to Aledo for the 8:30 a.m. start.