Mentoring ride allows cyclists to cruise island together, talk safety

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division
News Release

Lt. Col. Paul Romagnoli, (right, front), commander, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, makes a brief stop at the Kaneohe District Park in Windward Oahu before continuing on his journey leading 24 Soldiers on a battalion ride from Schofield Barracks around Oahu, April 21, as part of the battalion’s motorcycle mentorship program. (Maj. Mark Anders | 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —  Twenty-five motorcyclists from the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a group ride from, here, April 21, as part of the unit’s mentorship program. 

“The goal of the ride and the battalion’s mentorship program is to foster safe motorcycle riding and introduce new riders to experienced riders,” said Maj. Mark Anders, executive officer, 25th STB, 25th ID, and the battalion’s motorcycle mentor. 

“While the battalion has many Soldiers with more than 10 years’ experience riding motorcycles and almost as many Soldiers with less than two years, a battalion ride was the perfect venue to bring these two groups together,” he continued. 

The ride allowed participating Soldiers to break away from their desks in the middle of the day. After Soldiers staged their bikes in front of the 25th STB headquarters, company mentors conducted inspections of the bikes and each rider’s license, registration and state inspection paperwork.  

Experienced riders in the battalion gave a class on proper group riding techniques, ensuring that new Soldiers understood  there was more to group riding than simply twisting the throttle and hitting the brakes.  

After the class, riders enjoyed a briefing of the route and a quick lunch before departing en masse. 

The group traveled north, circling the entire island by following the same path that participants in the upcoming 25th ID motorcycle ride, scheduled for May 20, will take.  

Despite the fact that it rained for most of the ride, 25th STB Soldiers said they enjoyed the opportunity of meeting other unit riders.  

“The ride was a great success,” Anders said.

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