“I don’t care if it rains, I don’t care if it’s hot, I don’t care if it’s cold. It does not matter. I will push myself for that because I guarantee any person – 9/11 till today – who lost their life in the line of duty will give an hour, a minute, a second, to be on that ride.” – Lieutenant Tom
Four days. 280 miles. Commitment. Compassion. Endurance. When the towers fell in 2001, NYPD Detective Robert De Paolis was compelled to do something to honor the lost – a feeling all too familiar to those who stood helpless that day. In 2002, Detective De Paolis, seven members of the NYPD, and a friend in the district attorney’s office cycled from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA to Ground Zero in New York City, and the Tour de Force was born.
Join former firefighter/paramedic and host Phil Klein whose guests, Lieutenant Josh and Lieutenant Tom, share both emotional and entertaining experiences from the Tour. This self-proclaimed “traveling circus” lives up to its name, as the two recount some of their funnier moments with 300 other riders – mostly first responders. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, every cyclist knows the gravity of the reason why they ride.
Please join us in donating to Lieutenant Tom and Lieutenant Josh as they once again saddle up for 280 miles of open road in the Tour de Force to support families who have lost an officer in the line of duty.