Bicyclist Finishes Trek Across Maine In Thirty Minutes, Flat

Trek across Maine

Trek across MaineBELFAST — As the 130 or so cyclists pedaling with the athenahealth team crossed the finish line of the Trek Across Maine on Sunday afternoon in Belfast, they were met by sustained cheers, shouts, clanging cowbells and clapping. And not a few tears. Most of the group wore red ribbons tied around their arms in memory of David LeClair, a 23-year-old athenahealth employee from Watertown, Mass., who was killed Friday morning in a collision with a tractor-trailer about 10 miles into the trek. “There’s nowhere else we’d be today, that’s for sure,” athenahealth employee Sarah Milne of Rockport said at the finish line. She and many others from the company came to cheer on their co-workers and support them at the end of the emotional ride. “We’re close. When something happens to one of us, everyone feels it.” The tragedy cast a pall over the 29th annual three-day, 180-mile ride, according to some of the cyclists who had started at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finished at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. Last year’s event raised $1.8 million for the American Lung Association of the Northeast, and organizers said they had a goal of raising $2 million this year. Riders had cycling safety on their minds for the duration of the ride, as well as LeClair’s short life and sudden death. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)