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City Native Cycles 3,580 Miles To Aid Wounded Warriors

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published in the Gloucester City News 11-15-12


Retiree Thomas Winkelspecht, 59, has not had time to relax since leaving his military and civilian Air Traffic Control career.

He had been too busy training for a two-month cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

As of last week, he and his two companions had traveled 432 miles in six days and were in Arizona – on their way to Florida.

Thom, the son of the late Edward and Gertrude Winkelspecht, was born and raised in Gloucester City.

He presently lives with his wife Sheila in Florida, but for the last four months has been training for the ride in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah.

  He rides a Surly Longhaul Trucker loaded with panniers for the 3,580-mile trip along the Southern Tier bicycle route from San Diego in California to Key West in Florida.

  The cycle ride began November 3, and should take 60 days. 

  Thom had kicked off his retirement by running the Boston Marathon on April 16.

  Having the stamina of a long distance runner has made the transition to bike riding easier.

  More than 60 miles a day will need to be covered, and heights of over 8,000 feet reached.

  Joining him for the trip is Thom's brother-in-law, Stuart Williams, 51, and Stuart's son Daniel, 26, both from Wales.

  Training started in May in Wales, including tackling the Conway Suspension Bridge at Conway Castle.

  To follow them on their travels, see:

  Donations to help wounded military men and women may be made directly to Wounded Warrior Project at

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