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Bike ride to honor CIA officers killed in bombing

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Joby Warrick:

CIA biker
Kim Richer watches her husband Rob Richer set up his bike for a ride along Bull Run Post Office Road on Tuesday. (Post)
Barred by law from uttering his slain comrades' names in public, retired CIA officer Rob Richer recently hit upon a novel idea for memorializing the seven agency operatives killed in last year's suicide bombing near Khost, Afghanistan: He would climb on his mountain bike and ride across the country in their honor.
But the 56-year-old ex-Marine had no sooner posted the itinerary for the 2,500-mile odyssey on his Web site than his phone began lighting up. Dozens of people, many of them strangers, were calling to ask if they could participate, either through donations or by joining him on the journey. Retired intelligence officers, soldiers, cops, even students wanted to sign up.
"Some wanted to know if they could ride along for a few hours, or a day, or even a week," said Richer, who had envisioned making the trip this fall with only his wife, also a former Marine, pedaling alongside him. "They just wanted to find some way to help."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 19, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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