Cyclists Preparing for ‘Ride of Silence’ to Honor Wade Franck

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The recent trial over a well-known cyclist’s death still appears to be impacting the local cycling community.

Organizers for Wednesday's "Ride of Silence" say they're expecting a bigger crowd than usual in light of Wade Franck's death.

He was killed during an organized bike ride last summer. The drunk driver who hit him was recently found guilty of vehicular homicide.

Each year, the "Ride of Silence" honors people like Franck, who died while riding.

Cyclists have started to gather outside Kyle's Bikes, where Franck worked, in Ankeny. The store's owner, Kyle Robinson, said it's part of Kyle's Bikes since it opened in 2008.

"We have been joining in with the 'Ride of Silence' and we organize here at the store then we all ride the bike trail to downtown, we ride the trail and ride home," he said.

Robinson said Franck was a staple at the store as a sales manager and that he touched a lot of lives. He said this is the first time that Franck will not be joining his community in the bike ride. Robinson said Franck's death is still fresh, which is why some Kyle's Bike employees say they will not be riding.

"We'll do what we can," Robinson said.

Wednesday night's ride kicks off on the steps of the Historical Society at 600 E. Locust in Des Moines at 6:30 p.m. Ben Oldach will be there with a full report later. Check back for updates.

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