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Cycling club ride pays silent homage to Hagerstown bicyclist

May 22, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Members of the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club and other bicyclists from the Tri-State area rode around Hagerstown on Wednesday in memory of Lloyd Clarke, a rider from Hagerstown who was struck and killed by a vehicle last year in Nevada.

The bicyclists participating in the Ride of Silence wore black arm bands in memory of cyclists who have died.

Riders around the world participating in the Ride of Silence were to pedal in silence for a low-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Mike Mittel, owner of Hub City Sports and a close friend of Clarke, said earlier this week that the 10-mile ride was open to anyone who wanted to pay tribute to Clarke and other bicyclists who lost their lives or were seriously injured while riding.

"Lloyd was a very quiet person - reserved and humbling - but he was a lot of fun," Mittel said. "He was just a great guy."

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Wednesday's ride also was held to promote safety, Mittel said.

"People need to be safe and obey traffic laws," he said before the ride started. "Riders have to use their heads and be more patient. It would be a lot safer and cause a lot less pain for everybody."

Mittel said he became good friends with Clarke about three years ago, when the two started riding together with a handful of mutual bicycle enthusiasts.

Clarke is survived by his wife, Sherol, and one daughter, Elta.

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