These days, it will be rare to encounter anyone who hasn’t lost someone to cancer, or knows someone who has. That’s because one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with this disease in their lifetime. They are staggering statistics, but Pelotonia is an organization based in Ohio devoted to raising awareness of the disease and the essential funds necessary for finding a cure.
Pelotonia is a fundraising road ride held around central Ohio over the weekend of August 10-12, 2012. One can register to ride one of six route options — ranging from 25 to 100 miles. There’s 50 days to go before the start of Pelotonia 2012 and already 5,143 riders have registered.
A financial pledge is required and Pelotonia proudly declares that ‘100% of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Centre — James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute’. Those 5,143 riders have already raised $3,587,936.
Columbus, Ohio is also the home of Adam Eldridge and Stanridge Speed, who has created a striking sports tourer to help promote the event. The frame is called ‘The Kelso’ and is constructed from a mixture of True Temper’s S3 tubes and Columbus Aero Megatubes, assembled with an Easton EC70 wheel set, an ENVE fork, Thomson hardware and an SRAM Red group set.
Pelotonia 12 is shaping up to be a spectacular and inspiring ride. Whether you’re an experienced rider or an enthusiast, your pledge or participation will be an essential part in the achievement of Pelotonia’s mission: One Goal > End Cancer.