Friends of a cyclist who died this week gathered in Redmond Sunday for a memorial ride. Lance David, 54, collided with a truck while biking to work on Wednesday.
David was an experienced cyclist and his death has raised concerns about safety. About 20 cyclists came out for Sunday’s ride.
They were preparing for a challenging course, but their thoughts couldn’t help but drift to the one rider who wouldn’t be heading out.
“It could have been any of us,” organizer Francis Gan said. Gan brought together David’s friends and co-workers for the ride that started at Marymoor Park.
“It’s remembering Lance,” cyclist Greg Deviny said. For Deviny, David’s death hits very close to home.
“I had friends call and check if it was me” he said. He rides that same route to work and was friends with David.
“It was pretty hard to hear, my wife was in tears,” he said.
Friends say David was a skilled rider and the loss has shocked this community.
“I’m reminded just be safe and smart that area down there where the trucks are,” he said.
Many riders say safety on the roads is a two-way street, where drivers and cyclists need to work together.
For the 40-mile ride they wore black ribbons, but honoring their friend the way he would have wanted meant hitting the road.
“This ride is made up of a couple of Lance’s favorite climbs which we’re going to do today,” Gan said.
“I think he would think it’s cool, remember me, go on a ride and throw in some unforgiving hills,” Deviny said.
And so they rode with a constant focus on safety and a passion to honor a friend.