2016 W100K Rider
Sergeant Brian Knapp enlisted in the Marines and served as a logistics/embarkation specialist deploying to Western Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While driving a ground mobility vehicle in western Afghanistan, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in 2008. Brian was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to his forehead. After spending a few days in the hospital, he returned to his unit.
Several months after he returned from deployment, Brian began experiencing head and neck pain. He scheduled an appointment with a specialist and he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and bulging disks in his neck. He underwent 18 months of physical and speech therapy.
In 2011, Brian was honorably discharged from the Marines and enrolled in a local community college, majoring in Geographic Information Systems. During college, Brian successfully initiated and managed a student veterans club. Upon graduation, he was hired as a Veterans and Military Outreach Specialist/ Caseworker for Representative Dan Maffei through the Chief Administrative Office's Wounded Warrior Fellowship. Today, Brian works for the non -profit Clear Path for Veterans in New York.
Brian has been riding a bike since childhood. He could often be seen riding down the country roads with friends and he would ride his bicycle several miles to work as a teenager. His love for cycling continued while he was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.