Bikers trek on after cyclist killed in collision with tractor-trailer

Posted June 15, 2013, at 11:34 a.m.
Bruce Hall and his son, Eric, of Lewiston cruise through the parking lot at the University of Maine at Farmington on Friday afternoon after crossing the finish line on the first day of the Trek Across Maine. The 180-mile ride is the largest American Lung Association cycling event in the country.
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Bruce Hall and his son, Eric, of Lewiston cruise through the parking lot at the University of Maine at Farmington on Friday afternoon after crossing the finish line on the first day of the Trek Across Maine. The 180-mile ride is the largest American Lung Association cycling event in the country.
Tracie Mitchell of Windham, left, rests her legs up against a building at the University of Maine at Farmington after finishing the first day of the Trek Across Maine on Friday. It's the fifth trek she and her sister Cheryl Diehl of Gray, right, have done. &quotI do this to reduce the buildup of lactic acid that has accumulated during the ride," Mitchell said. More than 2,000 bikers will leave Farmington for the second day of the ride, which ends at Colby College in Waterville on Saturday. The ride concludes Sunday in Belfast.
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Tracie Mitchell of Windham, left, rests her legs up against a building at the University of Maine at Farmington after finishing the first day of the Trek Across Maine on Friday. It's the fifth trek she and her sister Cheryl Diehl of Gray, right, have done. "I do this to reduce the buildup of lactic acid that has accumulated during the ride," Mitchell said. More than 2,000 bikers will leave Farmington for the second day of the ride, which ends at Colby College in Waterville on Saturday. The ride concludes Sunday in Belfast.
A participant in the 2013 Trek Across Maine coasts down Route 2 in Wilton as a tractor-trailer approaches Friday.
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A participant in the 2013 Trek Across Maine coasts down Route 2 in Wilton as a tractor-trailer approaches Friday.
Brady Fenderson, 3, gives Danielle Tripp, 17, her book as they relax Friday afternoon at their campsite on Prescott Field in Farmington during Friday's opening day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine. They are part of the 16-member The Heritage Company team from Waterboro. Some team members are doing the trek for the 18th time.
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Brady Fenderson, 3, gives Danielle Tripp, 17, her book as they relax Friday afternoon at their campsite on Prescott Field in Farmington during Friday's opening day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine. They are part of the 16-member The Heritage Company team from Waterboro. Some team members are doing the trek for the 18th time.
Georgia Frizzell of Hope cheers on bikers at the finish line at the University of Maine at Farmington during Friday's first day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine.
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Georgia Frizzell of Hope cheers on bikers at the finish line at the University of Maine at Farmington during Friday's first day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine.
Stephen Higgins of Presque Isle adjusts a bike in the parking lot of the student center at the University of Maine at Farmington during the opening day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine. Higgins volunteered at one of several bike repair stations set up along the route and at the start and finish lines.
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Stephen Higgins of Presque Isle adjusts a bike in the parking lot of the student center at the University of Maine at Farmington during the opening day of the 2013 Trek Across Maine. Higgins volunteered at one of several bike repair stations set up along the route and at the start and finish lines.

Cyclists are back on the road in the three-day Trek Across Maine, even as police continue to investigate the death of a biker who was hit by a tractor-trailer on the opening day of the 180-mile ride.

David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., who was a part of the approximately 140-member athenahealth cycling team, was killed about 10 miles into the event, which last year drew 2,100 riders from all over the United States.

“It is with deepest sadness that the American Lung Association of the Northeast reports the passing of a member of our Trek family at our annual Trek Across Maine today,” Jeff Seyler, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, said in a statement. “All of us at the American Lung Association express our profound sadness at this tragic loss of life and offer our deepest condolences to the family. With heavy hearts, the Trek is continuing.”

Grief counseling is being offered at the University of Maine at Farmington, which is the end point for the first leg of the trek, he said. The second day of the trek ends at Colby College in Waterville.

The finale is at the waterfront in Belfast, which is home to an athenahealth office employing approximately 600 people. LeClair, a native of Naples, Fla., worked at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts.

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