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Law Enforcement United Bike Ride cycling through region

UPDATE: The ride comes through U.S. 1 northbound, and is scheduled to turn onto Cowan Boulevard and make a brief stop at city police headquarters around 2 pm.

The Law Enforcement United Bike Ride will roll through the Fredericksburg region this weekend as part of the 300-mile journey from Chesapeake to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

More than 300 bicyclists are expected to pass through Caroline and Spotsylvania counties on Saturday, and Fredericksburg and Stafford County on Sunday.

The route here will primarily follow U.S. 1, said Wallace Chadwick, the Virginia Division president for Law Enforcement United.

The cyclists are police officers, deputies and retirees from law enforcement and surviving family members.

They volunteer to raise money for families of officers who died in the line of duty and organizations that support them, said Alex Smith, a master deputy and canine handler of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office. He’s one of 15 officers from Stafford taking part in the ride.

Riders and support team members wear bracelets with the names of those who have died.

About 200 signs with the names of departed officers will also be posted on the hilly route through Stafford to encourage riders to give their all, Smith said.

Spotsylvania County Deputy Bryan Berger died last week during a morning workout.

He was a recruit at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and was participating in physical fitness when he collapsed on Monday, April 28. He later died at Mary Washington Hospital.

A break in the ride is planned at the Fredericksburg Police Department at lunchtime Sunday.

The ride is expected to enter Stafford County via the Falmouth Bridge at about 3 p.m. Sunday, stop at the county’s Public Safety Center on Courthouse Road at about 4 p.m., and continue on State Route 630 (Courthouse Road) to Austin Ridge Drive and Mine Road.

They’ll turn from Mine Road onto Greenspring Drive, and continue to a motel along Garrisonville Road.

The ride will leave from the motel at 7 a.m. Monday, traveling north into Prince William County and on to Washington after the morning rush hour.

Motorists should expect rolling closures of U.S. 1 in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and Fredericksburg throughout the day Saturday and Sunday to allow the bicyclists to pass.

As the riders clear each section, the road will be re-opened to vehicle traffic.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413