On Friday September 15, John Paire, an educator in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District, was hit and killed by a driver while riding his bike.
Dudley and Charlton, Mass. are close neighbors to our home in Thompson, CT. We have staff, volunteers, athletes, and friends who have been impacted by this tragedy. Our hearts go out the friends and family of Mr. Paire.
To honor him and his outstanding work with children throughout his life, we will dedicate our kids and family ride in his name.
On Friday athletes and staff of the event will also be visiting the middle school where John Paire had served as both a principal and teacher for a talk about healthy active lifestyles and basic bike safety.
On Saturday, September 30 the John Paire Memorial Kids Ride presented by Cannondale will depart Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for a short, beginner trail ride looping through the Air Line Trail and into the Douglas State Forest. The ride will be led by professional cyclocross athletes starting off on the race track with a lap of silence before departing for the trails.
Kids who participate in this free event will have the opportunity to get high fives and autographs from professional athletes at the Cannondale race team tent as well as bike safety and helmet checks. Upon returning to the venue from the ride, we’ll have goodies and noise makers for the kids to go on and cheer on the racers on the cyclocross course.
See below for event timeline and details:
- 12pm: Registration opens for ride, and it’s free! Registration will be at the main event registration area in the garage paddock
- 12:30pm Meet and Greet/Autograph session at the Cannondale tent. Kids will get quick bike and helmet check-ups and lots of high fives
- 1pm Staging begins on the track. Kids will roll over together from Cannondale
- 1:15pm Ride departs with a lap of silence on the track in honor of John Paire
- 2:15-3:15pm Kids return to the track and finish the ride at the gran fondo finish line. As they finish, they will get goody bags including lots of fun noise makers to cheer on the racers on the cyclocross course!