Ride to Rememberance
Tegh Singh (SGT. Jesse Jones) is originally from Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 where he served for over 6 years. During his time overseas, serving in the 3rd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, his unit saw very heavy combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Both deployments were very difficult, and left him struggling with PTSD.
His journey with cycling started as a way to relieve stress and anxiety following his first deployment to Iraq. Stationed near Anchorage, Alaska he found himself cycling the city's many bike paths and parks as a way to be out in nature, and to get out of his head. Before he knew it, his weekend mountain biking excursions evolved into regular commuting. For the next few years, cycling was a regular part of his life. He cycled on base in Alaska, to work and school after joining the California National Guard, and after separating from the Army.
In 2013, SGT. Jones and his wife moved to Canada to start a new life. He became a father to an incredible little girl (Kiran, now 5 years old) and took the name Tegh Singh after becoming an initiated Sikh. The transition to civilian life was difficult and without much support, Tegh stopped cycling for several years. Finally, 2020 brought the pandemic, and while many were losing jobs, homes, and lives, Tegh found an opportunity to slow down. This was the time to heal without the distractions of everyday life, and to focus on spending quality time with his family. He spent his afternoons teaching Kiran how to ride a bike (which he purchased from us!). Kiran quickly transitioned from training wheels, and this inspired his wife to start riding again for the first time in 25 years. At first, their family was going to empty parking lots, practicing foundational bike drills and building confidence. Before he knew it, they were on their first family bike ride, exploring the trails in Canmore.