Officials gave approval for access on town roads for a bike ride

In select board meetings earlier this week in Burke and Kirby, officials gave approval for access on town roads for a bike ride to be held in May in memory of Moriah “Mo” Wilson. Wilson, a resident of Burke, a Burke Mountain Academy graduate and an elite cyclist, was killed on May 11 just a few days before her 26th birthday in Austin, Texas. She had traveled there to compete in the 150-mile Gravel Locos race.  The ride in her memory is scheduled for May 13, 2023, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of her death. Attending the Burke Select Board meeting in West Burke on Monday to speak on behalf of the request were Moriah’s mother, Karen, and Moriah’s brother, Matt. At the same time in Kirby, Moriah’s father, Eric, was seeking permission to access roads in that town for the memorial bike ride route. Wilson said the event will include both a 25-mile and 50-mile ride and would begin at 10 a.m. It will traverse a handful of roads in Burke, go past the Burke Mountain Academy which Moriah attended, and then come into Kirby after the Burke route before heading to the Wildflower Inn where a gathering will be hosted. The riders will pass the cemetery where Moriah was laid to rest in the spring during the route in Kirby.