Pelotonia pedals through Groveport

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Spectators rang cowbells and cheered on cyclists as they wheeled past Groveport’s Cruiser Park during the ninth annual Pelotonia bicycle tour on Aug. 5. More than 8,000 cyclist participated in the event which raises funds for cancer research.

Cyclists participating in the ninth annual Pelotonia bicycle ride wheeled through Groveport on Aug. 5 with some stopping for a rest break in Cruiser Park along Bixby Road.

Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research, hosted nearly 8,000 riders from more than 40 states and 10 countries this year. More than 3,000 volunteers participated in the event from Aug. 4-6.

Riders make a commitment to raise a minimum of $1,250 to $2,500 for cancer research depending on their route choice, with High Rollers raising a minimum of $5,000 each. Some riders rode for one- and two-day rides on routes ranging from 25 to 180 miles. Other riders rode the 135 and 180 mile routes.

Ric Noland, of Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester, pitched in to help repair bicycles in Groveport’s Cruiser Park during the Pelotonia bicycle tour on Aug. 5.

Pelotonia donates 100 percent of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and volunteers directly to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. In eight years, Pelotonia has raised over $140 million for cancer research. Funding partners include: Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Nationwide, Cardinal Health, and Kenyon College.

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It’s not just bicycles that sometimes need repairs. Pictured here is an employee of Cyclist Connection in Canal Winchester repairing the shoe of a Pelotonia cyclist.
Groveport’s Cruiser Park served as a rest stop during Pelotonia on Aug. 5. Fresh food was available for the cyclists to refuel themselves for their long ride.
Groveport Police Sgt. Brian Thompson waves to cyclists as they pass Cruiser Park.
Pelotonia riders taking a break in Cruiser Park.


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