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Prince Harry starts cycling event at Warrior Games

Prince Harry Kicks off cycling event

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Prince Harry makes his final stops at the Warrior Games.  He started the first group of racers at the cycling event.

Of course, he did try to push his team ahead.  "Good luck guys, if you see a Union Jack shirt let him through," said Prince Harry before starting the first race.

The first bike race was 10k around the Air Force Academy.  While it only took some of the athletes about 15 minutes to finish the race, their journey has been a long one.

Marine Ben McCrowsky got caught up in an IED blast in Afghanistan three years ago.  He lost his leg and a fellow marine.

Airmen Sarah Evans wasn't injured in combat, but while serving in Afghanistan was diagnosed with cancer.  She lost one of her legs and just three weeks after her surgery tried hand cycling.

"It was my first time outside, the sunshine, fresh air, doing cardio I was hooked," she said. 

The Prince hopes these games will soon be in the international spotlight.  "You've got the Olympics, you've got the Paralympics and you've got the Warrior Games, there's no reason why the Warrior Games shouldn't be recognised world wide, with the same amount of attention as the Olympics and Paralympics," said Prince Harry.

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