About Defenders of Freedom Ride

The Defenders of Freedom ride is a recognition and tribute to honor all the men and women who serve or have served in any of the five branches of the U.S. Military, especially to those who have been wounded or have lost their lives in service to our country, and recognizes those currently serving at the military installations in the Pikes Peak Region (Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schreiver Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Academy and NORAD/NorthCom).


Since the first ride in 2008, U.S. Army Veteran and Colorado Springs Realtor® Brian L. A. Wess has organized this NO PROFIT, ALL VOLUNTEER EVENT that has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars through a low speed, law enforcement escorted, side by side procession of motorcycles throughout El Paso County (Colorado) for the benefit of charities that directly benefit our fallen, severely wounded and at risk military veterans and their families.


740 KVOR-AM Our Town Interview
with Brian Wess about 2019 Ride



Safety Briefing
& Presentation
Of Colors:
Minimum Donation
Includes up to 2 riders
Ride Start Hangry Ohana
6436 So Hwy 85/87
Ride End: Pikes Peak Int'l Raceway
16650 Midway Ranch Rd
After Party: Peaks N Pines Brewery
212 W Illinois Ave

* Additional Donations Encouraged & Appreciated *
* Current Year Ride Pins Given to All Registered Riders *
* Must register and sign-in to receive Ride Pin *


Link to 2022 Ride Flyer (.PNG)   (.PDF)


2022 Ride Pin (Image Not Yet Available)

* Limited quantities of previous year pins are available *








(click on any of the pins to view a larger image)


Proceeds From The Ride

The proceeds from this year's ride will benefit the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition. The EPCHVC is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1998 with a focus on assisting Homeless Veterans and their families in Colorado Springs & El Paso County improve their situations by providing access to both long and short term solution based resources through their annual "Stand Down" events, Transitional Housing Program and New Veteran Homeless Prevention Program.


For more information, visit the More Info page or contact:


Brian L.A. Wess - Coordinator/Founder
Email: VetsRidegmailcom