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'Ride of Silence' honors fallen cyclists

As a sign of solidarity and tradition, the ride is done in silence. As a sign of solidarity and tradition, the ride is done in silence.

The Cape Fear Cyclist Club rode 11 miles across Wilmington in silence on Wednesday to honor bicyclists and moped riders who have been hurt or killed.

As a sign of solidarity and tradition, the ride is done in silence.

Organizers say this year, they also wanted to pay tribute to Terrance "Terry" Benjey, a former member of their club who was tragically killed in an accident last year near Greenfield Lake.

Together, they wore bracelets with his name on it and rode through town silently, remembering all that he meant to the Cape Fear Cyclist community.

"This was always a big thing (for Terry)," said Jim Iannucci, an organizer for the ride. "It's about riding together, being safe, and remembering cyclists that were killed in town. I'm sure he is staring down on us with a smile."

Iannucci added that the most powerful part of this ceremony is that many cyclists across the world were doing the same thing at the same time.

"It's just a moment to reflect and think about those that have come before us," said Iannucci. "We think about some people that we knew individually and from a nationwide standpoint in other cities and towns, they're doing the same thing at the same time."

Approximately 75 cities across the world including parts of Brazil, Germany, and Mexico all participated in the ride of silence.

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