Following the May 11 crash that ultimately claimed the life of New Mexico Touring Society member Rob Oakes, a ghost bike will be placed in his honor.
Maureen Oakes has asked for the ghost bike installation to be done at 2 pm on Sunday October 6. The location is Highway 15, just south of mile post 25**. This is near the junction with Highway 35.
Everyone is invited to join the Oakes family at this ceremony. If you have a special token of remembrance you would like to place on the ghost bike you are welcome to do that. Plastic flower will be provided so that all who want to place something to help dedicate the bike can do so.
On Saturday October 5 the Gila Monster Challenge Gran Fondo will take place, covering some of the same highway miles that Rob was riding before being struck. If any of you would like to participate in this ride as your way of remembering Rob, he would probably like that.
Details for the ride can be found at
Click on the show/hide Oct. on the right or you can email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
We at Duke City Wheelmen are pleased to be able to support cyclists from across the state in our common goal of promoting cycling in New Mexico.
** I think that means near here.