Ride of Silence 2009
Team Columbia High Road gives high profile to annual event
20th May - Around the World
Team Columbia Highroad professional cycling team will give high profile to
this annual event by supporting it via its active racers in their respective
events on May 20th.
Columbia-Highroad men’s and women’s teams will wear black armbands at
the Giro d’Italia and Tour de l’Aude on May 20th to commemorate the Ride
of Silence. Columbia-Highroad
riders will wear the armbands to help raise global awareness of road safety.
Michael Barry, a
veteran Columbia-Highroad rider from
Columbia-Highroad Giro squad includes Michael Barry (Can), Edvald Boasson
Hagen (Nor), Mark Cavendish (GB), Thomas Lovkvist (Swe),
Marco Pinotti (Ita), Morris
Mark Renshaw (Aus), Michael
Rogers (Aus) and Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Byl).
team at the Tour de L’Aude include Kate Bates (Aus), Chantal Beltman (Hol),
Emilia Fahlin (Den), Luise Keller (Ger), Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) and Linda
Little approached the team to ask their support following a near fatal
accident with a car. “I wanted to use my example to speak up for
those who can no longer speak out about road safety. Thousands of cyclists
are injured or killed each year by careless drivers; it’s possible for
both groups to use the roads without devastating families.” Asked
why he approached the pro team he said, “I wanted to create more
awareness for all those injured or killed by drivers and I thought, what
better way than to reach out through cyclists everyone universally
The Ride of Silence is a free, world-wide, slow-speed memorial to
commemorate all cyclists injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. The
ride begins at 7:00 pm local time with the goal of raising awareness that
cyclists also use the roads and to encourage drivers to share the roads
The Ride of Silence is a free, world-wide, slow-speed memorial to commemorate all cyclists injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. The ride begins at 7:00 pm local time with the goal of raising awareness that cyclists also use the roads and to encourage drivers to share the roadswith consideration.
Ride of Silence
founder Chris Phelan said, "I began the Ride of Silence to
show that each cyclist is a member of a larger community. We're doctors,
lawyers, co-workers, husbands, wives and parents. Each time a cyclist is
injured or, even worse, killed, that sends a ripple through the community.
Each accident hurts more than just one individual. The ride is held in
silence to reflect that loss. Cyclists are part of the fabric of every
community and the benefits of cycling, such as better health and reduced
pollution, should make it a priority for more people everywhere."
The sponsor less ride is organized each year by volunteers. The 2008 ride was held at more than 300 locations, in 18 countries, on all 7 continents. It has come a long way from the first ride held in 2003, that ride was organised as a one-time event. But the Ride of Silence touched many and found universal support. It is now an annual event held on May 20th.
This event is very close to the heart of CJ Farquharson, founder of WomensCycling.net and known around the world for her photography and coverage of professional women's racing. CJ herself was nearly killed in 2007, during the final stage of the Thuringen Rundfahrt, when the Chief Moto Marshall ploughed into the side of the moto she was travelling on. CJ was within 5cm of losing her left leg, it was severed below the knee in the accident with only 5cm of her calf muscle remaining intact. The impact also crushed both bones and her ankle, she had minor head injuries and major damage to ligaments in her right and right shoulder in the process.
Coincidentally, this accident happened within 200m of the same spot, that took the life of Australian cyclist Amy Gillett in 2005 and seriously injured five her team mates when they were hit by a car.
Safety on our
roads should be supported by all cyclist and drivers around the
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