Annual bicycle ride starts Friday to honor Sandy Hook massacre victims

April 25, 2019

NEWTOWN - The annual interstate bicycle ride to honor victims of the Sandy Hook massacre and call for gun violence prevention is taking a detour from its usual route to Washington, D.C.

Instead, Sandy Hook attorney Monte Frank and Team 26 will ride 600 miles to Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed in October at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“To reduce gun violence we must all come together as one nation to stomp out hate,” reads a message on the Team 26 website. “This year we are focusing on how faith communities are a significant resource for conversation and transformation - especially as sources of hope and peace.”

The six-day ride will kick off at 8 a.m. Friday during an interfaith service at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street.

The 26-member riding team will make stops in Ridgefield, Peekskill, N.Y., and Morristown, N.J. on Friday.

Other highlights of the tour include a mid-afternoon rally on Saturday in Philadelphia and an early evening press conference at Baltimore City Hall on Sunday. The team will stop for an event at Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn., on Wednesday before arriving in Pittsburg on Thursday.

If that sounds like a lot of riding, even for experienced bikers, it is. The team plans to rest and perform a day of community service in Baltimore on Monday.

“We have a good-spirited group, and I think it will go well,” Frank said on Thursday.

Frank founded the group to honor the 20 first-graders and six educators who were slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

For details about the team and the tour visit www.team26.org.