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On Friday morning, more than 30 bicycle riders took off on a 170-mile trip to the Highground veterans memorial near Neillsville, Wis. The group left from the New Richmond Armory at about 8 a.m. with a New Richmond police escort. The ride is an annual fundraiser for the Highground, a 140-acre manned veterans memorial that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors' services and sacrifices. Six routes started from various areas of Wisconsin, meeting at the Highground on Sunday mid-day. New Richmond's is the western route. This was the 26th anniversary of the ride.