Prince Harry kicks off cycling events at Warrior Games Sunday

Races included handcycling, tandem and two-wheel

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Britain’s Prince Harry sounded an air horn to kick off the cycling events at the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Sunday.

Prince Harry met with each competitor in the men’s handcycling race, the first race of the day, according to the Denver Post.

Sunday’s games were dedicated to seven cycling events, including men’s and women’s handcycling, tandem races and two-wheel races, the newspaper reports.

The prince, who is a strong supporter of the Warrior Games and the Paralympics, served in Afghanistan twice as a helicopter pilot, according to the newspaper.

"There's no reason Warrior Games shouldn't be as well-recognized as the Olympics or Paralympics," the prince said, according to the newspaper.

Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin and Lt. Bradley Snyder, an American naval officer who had been blinded in Afghanistan joined the prince in in launching the Warrior Games for wounded service members Saturday.

The BBC reported Sunday that Prince Harry wants to bring the Warrior Games to the U.K.