Kiersten Down gets ready for her 3800-mile bike ride for Student Veterans of America

  • Kiersten Downs and her new Cannondale bicycle.

“People often think it is crazy to bike ride across the country, but I don’t live life in the culture of fear. Sometimes you just have to get off the couch and live life.”

Kiersten Downs has wanted to cycle across the United States for many years and decided to combine her three passions: bike riding, advocating, and advocating for student veterans.

As the president of the local University of South Florida’s Student Veterans of America organization, Downs has aimed to help fellow veterans in their transition between the structured military life and the unstructured civilian life.