About 20 cyclists in and around Warrenton gathered Saturday morning for a memorial bike ride to remember Blake Rohrbough, a 25-year-old Michigan man who was killed in June when the bicycle he was riding collided with a car. Warrenton Mayor Carter Nevill and Brian Larson, manager of the Bike Stop in Warrenton, organized the ride.
Before setting off on a 20-mile circuit, the group gathered briefly in front of the “ghost bike” that was installed on Alexandria Pike in Warrenton, near the corner at Horner Street where Rohrbough was killed. The cyclists shared a moment of silence with Rohrbough’s girlfriend, Madalyn Venhuizen, who drove in with her parents from Michigan to honor her longtime boyfriend.
Venhuizen developed T-shirts to sell to raise money to buy bike helmets for children in Montague, Michigan, Rohrbough’s hometown. She said she is also planning to use the funding to give away a bicycle at a bike rodeo sponsored by the Montague Police Department to teach bicycle safety.