GAMBIER — Pelotonia, the Ohio bicycle tour that has raised more than $25 million for cancer research, has charted the course for riders who will journey from downtown Columbus to Kenyon on Aug. 11.
Pelotonia provides distance options for riders, who solicit pledges for donations that are dedicated to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
In its fourth year, Pelotonia has partnered with Kenyon, making the college its first-day, end-point destination. As part of the partnership, six Kenyon students will take advantage of medical-research internships this year at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center.
An opening event is planned for Aug. 10 at Columbus Commons in Columbus. About 6,000 riders will be part of the tour to start on Aug. 11 and about 3,000 will conclude the first day in Gambier. Between 750 and 1,000 riders will bunk in Kenyon residence halls overnight and ride back to New Albany to finish the two-day ride on Aug. 12. Kenyon can expect to see riders roll in as early as noon on Aug. 11. The lawn area across from the Kenyon Athletic Center will be fenced to admit only Pelotonia riders and their families to a stage area with live entertainment, food, and vendor booths.
Although Pelotonia offers riders six different ride options, all of Pelotonia’s participants travel along the same route until they reach their chosen finish lines. What follows spells out the basic characteristics of the six different ride options on the route.
Columbus to Gambier, 75/100-mile ride
These routes are for more experienced riders. The 75-mile ride will start in Pickerington so these riders can share the same finish celebration in Gambier as those riding 100 miles and starting in Columbus. Riders selecting this option will have a decision to make for the final 30 miles into Gambier. When riders reach Dutch Lane in Licking County, the route will split, offering two distinctly different riding experiences for the final leg of the tour. Riders who want challenging climbs for the final 30 miles will select the iconic Reynolds Road stretch, while the Bennington Chapel alternative offers a fulfilling yet less rigorous final leg of the ride. The Reynolds Road option offers over 4,600 feet of climbing, while the Bennington Chapel route offers approximately 3,500 feet of elevation. There will be six to eight water stops.
Second-day 80-mile ride from Gambier to New Albany
On day two, these riders depart Gambier and head back towards Columbus. The Sunday route will present a completely different ride with roads that wind through scenic Ohio farmland not encountered on Saturday. Two-day riders will enjoy a more pleasurable return to Columbus as elevation for this route totals approximately 3,500 feet as compared to over 4,800 feet of climbing encountered in previous years. Five water stops will be available.
Columbus to New Albany, 50-mile ride
This route is well-suited to an intermediate level rider who has trained and can easily ride the first 25 miles, but does not yet have the stamina or conditioning to ride 75 or 100 miles. The 1,255 feet of elevation will provide some climb as riders proceed to the New Albany finish. There will be three water stops.
Columbus to Pickerington, 25-mile ride
This route is well-suited to a beginner level rider as the shortest distance option offers a ride with less than 600 feet of elevation. One water stop will be available.
Published on April 28, 2012