This is the inception year of Pelotonia 09 and it sounds like such a great event I wanted to shout it out! I am new to cycling and will be participating in this tour this August to raise money for the Ohio State James Cancer Center. The tour starts in Columbus, Ohio and the longest route is a century on the first day to Athens, Ohio and then an 80 mile return trip the following day. 100% of the proceeds go to the James Center. I love this event because as a cancer survivor I can mix my passions, sports and fighting cancer. Check it out at www.pelotonia.org This was a great reason for me to start cycling!
Hi, I'm new to this community as well. I just finished reading the events at http://www.active.com/ . And there is a ride similar. It's the
• I. San Antonio 1604 Peloton Ride
When: Sunday, May 3, 2009 @ 7:00 am
Where: Spectrum Club @ Roger's Ranch at 2711 Tremble (San Antonio, Texas)
Closing Date: Friday, May 1, 2009
Ride like a professional! Join us for a fast 100 mile ride around San Antonio's Loop 1604. Ride is escorted by SAPD motorcycle police. Three SAG vehicles will be on hand to provide nutrition at key points during the ride. Group will stay together as a peloton and ride at 20mph. Duration of the ride is approximately 5 hours. Also included is an event t-shirt and post ride pizza party!
I am considering riding in the event.
Thanks for the info. I live in Chicago area so this is only a car ride away for me and my brother was treated for his cancer at this hospital so I'm particularly interested in raising money for this hospital. In addition, Lance Armstrong is registered to ride (hoping he'll be recovered by then). Thanks for the reply!
I just stumbled on this today. I am doing the MS Pedal to the Point Aug 15,so I don't know if I will be ready to handle another long ride so soon. Have you looked at the route? I imagine down near Athens is it pretty hilly. I have to look over the site again.
Thanks for putting it out there.
Good luck with the MS pedal! As for Pelotonia - I know the description says "a few challenging hills", which gives me the impression that it's moderate and not too hilly (I'm hoping anyway). They don't have the exact route posted, but I may try to contact them to get it. If I do, I'll forward any information to the board.
See you out there ahoops! I don't have any training routes in Columbus because I live outside of Chicago - I hope I don't suffer from our lack of hills!!! Good luck training!
Yea, they still haven't posted the route yet, so I'm just doing routes with some rolling hills. I have a few good routes, and just don't want to get into a rut of doing the same ride over and over. We're doing 38 miles this weekend with 18 miles of hills. It should be a good day.
Keep the rubber on the road,
I have iterminal stage IV metastatic cancer and Pelotonia will not let me ride their event because I cannot guarantee $1,100 on a credit card. I requested a hardship waiver and my request was denied. The Director Of Operations told me they cannot let just anyone sneak in the back door, and they only want persons that are serious about fundraising. They must maintain an air of exclusivity and elitism for their business model to work. I can probably raise some money, but as a person with a terminal disease, I am unable to absolutely guarantee $1,100 with a credit card. How very sad. I tried to point out that their approach and philosophy was, in my opinion, harsh and unusual - to no avail. They would not budge an inch. Needless to say I am very disappointed with their attitude. It's not about persons with cancer; it's all about the money.
I am happy you have recovered and wish you well on your ride. Wish I could be there with you.
I'm sorry to hear about your condition. When I first considered the event, I was a bit nervous about my ability to raise the $$ required for the 180 mile route too. I have to tell you though.... I seriously underestimated the emotional and financial dedication of friends and family to this cause! I sent one email to about 30 friends and acquaintances and much to my surprise, I reached my goal and in fact, am over my goal!
There are so many emotions tied to this desease - shock, sadness, despair, anger, disappointment, humiliation, defeat, hope, faith, love, happiness, serenity, peacefulness, joy and victory. Sadly - those emotions don't pay for the science and work required to end the disease. Without groups like the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, PanMass Challenge and Pelotonia and many more.... the funds just wouldn't be enough. I agree with you that it's sad that it has to be about the money - but without that money, the work just can't be done.
One thing I did consider doing, that may appeal to you... you have an option to be a virtual rider - you don't have to commit any more than $10 but you can still create a profile and send out requests for financial support from their site. The deadline for the fundraising goals is well after the race some time at the end of October., so that gives you some pretty good time. I think if you try this route you will be surprised at how quickly you can raise the funds! If you end up raising the money - there's no reason why you can't register at that point, right?
I hope you try to join - I think when 100% of the funds raised goes to the charity it's a win win for all. Good luck to you.
I've officially signed up to ride the 100 mile route! I can't wait! They've posted the general direction of the route, but say they won't post the details for safety concerns. Maybe they think huge numbers of people will be out on the roads before the event, and don't want any traffic accidents... Who knows. I'll keep increasing my mileage, and doing the hillier routes to be ready for whatever the Hocking Hills can throw my way.
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I have reached my goal for fundraising! Now all that's left is to pedal the bike to the finish line. The support from everyone has been awesome! Especially with the economy as it is right now.