Memorial bike ride honors late cyclist
An annual memorial for a Black Hills bicyclist allowed friends and family to vicariously live his life and, in turn, continue his passion.
Spearfish residents honored the legacy of the late Nick Sukstorf through a Memorial Bike Ride on Sunday.
Cyclists started at Jorgensen Park before riding throughout town. Sukstorf was an avid bike rider himself, and those on the ride could take turns on his very own bike.
Sukstorf was 24 when he lost his life in a car wreck in April 2013. Every year since his death, his favorite hobby became a remembrance event for friends and relatives.
Nick’s mother, Becky Sukstorf, remembered her son as a man of huge, positive impact.
"Nick was an amazing young man that was extremely full of life and had a million friends," Sukstorf said. "Everyone was his friend. He offered his home, his life and himself to everyone."
Others on the ride remembered Sukstorf for his undiscriminating love of all people.
"I think he was just such a great guy. He touched a lot of different people," said Josef Babilon, friend of Sukstorf. "Everyone that came in contact with him wasn’t just his friend, but his best friend. We all have the same best friend, you could say."
A silent auction and potluck was also held alongside the ride. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Western Hills Humane Society.