Cyclists reflect on fatal bike accident before Gran Gravel 500 race

Bicyclists participating in the Gran Gravel 500 race had a moment of silence early Thursday morning to remember a local bicyclist who lost his life on a Brazos Valley roadway.

Kenneth Spence and his family

Kenneth Spence, 47, of College Station passed away in January after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on the feeder road of Highway 6 in south Brazos County.

The Gran Gravel 500 bicyclists left The Stella Hotel just before sunrise for a 500-mile self-supported race through the Brazos Valley and East Texas.

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The 4th annual CHI St. Joseph Health Gran Fondo is scheduled for Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 a.m. at the Lake Walk Town Center at The Stella Hotel.

The annual bike race helps celebrate cancer survivors in the community. Riders will start at the Stella Hotel early Sunday morning and can bike up to 20, 40, 70 OR 100 MILES.

Kenneth Spence's wife, Debra, sent this statement to KBTX following her husband's passing:

“Our family would like to thank the Brazos Valley community for the tremendous outpouring of love and compassion we’ve received. My husband loved this community and poured his life into caring for others as a nurse anesthetist at Baylor Scott & White Health. One of his many passions was cycling and the camaraderie he experienced among the community of cyclists in our area was a rich part of his life. Our prayer is that his death would not be in vain. Our roadways must be kept safe. Safe for drivers. Safe for our children. Safe for cyclists. Safe for everyone. When a life is lost due to unsafe driving, distraction, carelessness, or any other reason, our entire community suffers. Our hope is that all of us would consider how high the stakes are every time we get behind the wheel and make a commitment to keeping our roadways as safe as they can be.”

(Video courtesy: Sherran Strong Beckmann)