A funny coincidence brought Marcus Mumford and Kirsty McGaul and the tandem bike they had ridden from Boston to the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s headquarters in East Hampton on April 23.
The couple, who hail from Hensbury, Bristol, in the United Kingdom, flew to Boston with their bike a week and a half earlier to run in the April 15 Boston Marathon, which they completed before the bombings. They were back in their hotel room when they heard the noise and commotion, but thought nothing of it, they said, until a friend from the U.K. called to see if they were okay. Only then did they turn on their television and see what had happened.
They traveled from Boston by way of Cape Cod to Providence, R.I., boarded the Cross Sound Ferry with their bike on April 22, then biked to Montauk. On April 23, they were headed from Montauk to Port Jefferson on their way to New York and then home to the U.K. when they spotted the L.V.I.S. sign on Main Street. The athletes’ biking club at home is the Las Vegas Institute of Sport, and both were wearing their L.V.I.S. bike shirts that very day.