69 seconds of silence followed by a 69 mile bike ride in the name of our friend Nicky Hayden.
Earlier this year while cycling in Italy between world Superbike races, Nicky was struck by a car. Nicky passed on May 22nd from his injuries sustained in the accident. Today’s ride was a great gathering of Nicky’s friends and fans to pay tribute to his amazing life. It was a great showing and especially awesome to have Nicky's brother Tommy join the ride and saying a few words before the ride started. Special thanks to Matt Ford from Rock N' Road, Victory Sheldon, and Marc Peters for putting this great day together. Besides for recognizing Nicky the ride was an opportunity to bring awareness to rider safety on our roads. #peaceontheroad
Nicky, like many other top level motorcycle athletes include cycling as a major part of their conditioning and training and we here at Shimano were honored to be able to work with him over the years. Nicky has been a long time Shimano athlete and is best known for simply being an amazing human being and of course winning the most coveted title in motorcycle road racing the MotoGP World Championship in 2006.
RIP Kentucky kid.