Erick Starkey/News Members of the Kenyon Peloton, led by Maureen Tobin, left, and Mark Kohlman, right, head into the final turn of the 100-mile route Saturday during the 10th-annual Pelotonia.
 Erick Starkey/News Amidst other members of the Kenyon Peloton, Pat Halaiko, center, readies for the final stretch after the last turn of the 100-mile course Saturday in Gambier.

 

Erick Starkey/News Kenyon College president Sean Decatur races through the final turn heading into the home stretch Saturday during his 55-mile ride from New Albany to Gambier in the Pelotonia.

GAMBIER — For many members of the Kenyon Peloton, like Gambier resident Maureen Tobin, the 10th-annual Pelotonia was not only a long ride home, but a bicycle ride for a good cause.

“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling accomplished,” Tobin said after crossing the finish line. “It’s a great event. What’s great, is all the people out there cheering us along. So many of them are cancer survivors themselves and it keeps the perspective of what it’s all about. This is more than a bike ride.”

The Kenyon Peloton had 15 cyclists ride in the 10th-annual Pelotonia, with a majority starting in Columbus Saturday morning and rolling into Gambier, a 100-mile trip, during the afternoon. Of those 15 total, Kenyon had seven riders all cross the finish line together after 100 miles on the trails.

“That really does make a difference,” Tobin said. “We train together on Saturday mornings and they make the ride a lot of fun. It’s really great to have time with each other. Without a group, I think it wouldn’t be nearly as meaningful or fun.”

In addition to riding 100 miles in a day, riders during Pelotonia had to deal with the elements. Although the event did not have any rainfall, heat caused racers and spectators alike to always be mindful.

 

Erick Starkey: 740-397-5333 or erick@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @MVNStarkey

 

 

 

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