As many of you know, last year I rode my first "Century Ride" (100 miles) in Pelotonia, which raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
It was one of the most incredible experiences I've had, and I am thrilled to be gearing up for my second year, and this time with Alex riding by my side!
I thought I'd share a story from last year's ride.
It was about two weeks before the big day, and I was in a local bike store (Roll:) getting some gear. I ran into a young couple who were regulars at the cycling class I teach at Cycle614. I had hosted a Pelotonia fundraiser ride at Cycle614, but they couldn't make it due to schedule conflicts. They said they'd still love to donate, and asked for the spelling of my last name so they could look up my donation page.
I left the store touched by our conversation.
One of the amazing things about my Pelotonia experience was witnessing the generosity of friends and family near and far, and even people I hardly knew or haven't seen in years.
Fast forward from that day at the bike store. I'm at mile 45 out of 100, on the Pelotonia route, when all of a sudden two riders zip past me and shout, "JULIE! OUR FAVORITE CYCLE INSTRUCTOR, HI!"
Needless to say a HUGE smile erupted on my face, and when they looked back waving at me, I see their faces: it's the couple I ran into at the bike shop.
The woman is wearing a "SURVIVOR" jersey.
Last year, I was inspired to ride in honor of my best friend's dad, who we lost to brain cancer in 2014. But as the donations rolled in, "in honor of:....., in memory of...." my purpose and dedication became even bigger. I rode for so many family members and friends who have been impacted by cancer.
This year, as I gear up again, one theme keeps popping into my head: SURVIVOR jerseys.
This year, I ride for a future filled with "SURVIVOR" jerseys.
I ride for a future where cancer is a thing of a past.
I ride for a future where Pelotonia no longer needs to fund cancer research, and instead celebrates the cure, the lives being lived.
Take a look, and see for yourself the incredible work Pelotonia funds. Every dollar donated goes straight towards groundbreaking cancer research.
Every donation counts. Whether you are able to give $10 or $100, it all matters.
I am excited to be teaching another fundraising ride at Cycle614 on Sunday, June 25 at 11:30am. The ride is 45 minutes, and the cost is a $30 donation at the door. Thanks to a donation by our Grandview neighbors, we'll be offering complimentary Fusian sushi after the ride! You can sign-up today and reserve your bike (then pay at the door!)
I would LOVE to see you all there! However, if you're not in town or have other scheduling conflicts, you can ride in spirit with a donation.
I thank you so much and look forward to sharing more of this experience with you all.
If you would like to donate to our rides, click on the links below: