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2016 Ride of Silence

On May 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.


The Clermont Ride of Silence has been organized the past 4 years by the daughters of 2 long time Central Florida cyclists who were killed while cycling on local roads. On November 21st 2010 Harry Nickell was killed while riding from his home to the start of the Horrible Hundred. Harry was a long time Lake County resident, cyclist and a former member of the US Duathlon team. Brent McLarty, a former Florida Freewheeler, completed the Horrible Hundred that day but it would be his last.   On August 24th 2011 Brent was riding near his home in Deland when he was struck and killed by a van that drifted into the shoulder. Their daughters, Lacey Nickell and Sara McLarty, decided to honor their fathers by organizing a local Ride of Silence in 2012. That initial ride was attended by over 150 local cyclists. The 2015 Clermont Ride of Silence drew in excess of 200 riders and was one of 357 events held worldwide in 2015 in 49 states and 20 countries. See http://www.rideofsilence.org/

For the past 3 years and again in 2016 the club has again made a donation to help defray the ride expenses that Sara and Lacey had paid out of their own pockets in 2012. This ride makes a powerful statement to the cyclists who participate and the drivers who observe it. Come to Clermont on the 18th and ride in it yourself to understand why. A pre-ride sign in and dedication will start at the Highlander building (330 3rd Street, Clermont 34711) at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the ride. The photo is courtesy of J5 Imaging.

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