NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — On Sunday, the Little Rock cycling community came together to remember one of their own—39-year-old Laura Wooldridge—after she died in racing crash Saturday. Cyclists from all over the region gathered for a memorial ride to remember a woman they say was an ambassador to their sport and friend to everyone she met.
"I think I'm still having difficulty wrapping my mind around her being gone," said cyclist and friend Chad Cragle, who took part in the memorial ride.
"You don't expect to go out and do something you love and that be the time for you," added friend Stacy Tierney. "I got up, I got dressed, and I thought this didn't really happen. Someone's going to call me up and say 'Just Joking.'"
No matter how hard it was to accept their friend's death, everyone tried to commemorate her life in the one way they knew Laura would've wanted—to ride.
"She was such a big advocate of cycling," said friend Addie Teo. "She promoted a lot of women rides, and she was never a stranger to anyone."
More than 50 people rode along the Arkansas River Trail, a route Laura had ridden so many times before. They rode to remember a common friend and a common bond she instilled between each one of them.
"You couldn't be around her and not be inspired and energized," continued Cragle.
"I think we all just needed to wrap each other up in each other's love and show each other that our cycling community is very, very strong," added Tierney.
Wooldridge is survived by her two younger children and her husband.
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