Ride Weekend

Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2023

Join us on August 5-6 for a truly transformative weekend. With reimagined routes and returns to fan-favorite communities, we're excited for the best Ride Weekend yet! Participants can register as a Rider, Volunteer, or Challenger. You can also support by cheering on Riders along the route or donating to a participant's fundraising efforts. 100% of participant-raised funds support innovative cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. Learn more below!
Sat 08/05

Saturday | Downtown Columbus to Pickerington

24 Miles
$1,250 Fundraising Commitment

A great route for cyclists of all experience levels with our shortest mileage and smallest elevation climb. Riders will start in Downtown Columbus and conclude in Pickerington.

Sun 08/06

Sunday | New Albany Loop (NEW ROUTE!)

37 Miles
$1,250 Fundraising Commitment

A loop option for beginner to intermediate Riders, this route will start and finish in downtown New Albany, taking Riders north to Sunbury before returning. This route can also be added to any Saturday ride for a fundraising commitment of $3,000.

Sat 08/05

Saturday | Downtown Columbus to New Albany

50 Miles
$1,500 Fundraising Commitment

Ideal for intermediate Riders with some training under their belt, this route has Riders start in Downtown Columbus before passing through Pickerington and finishing in New Albany.

Sat 08/05

Saturday | Pickerington to Gambier

77 Miles
$2,000 Fundraising Commitment

Starting in Pickerington, Riders will visit historic Granville, traverse through Newark and Bladensburg and finish with some hills in Gambier. This route will feature options for Riders to add additional elevation and miles if they choose!

Sat 08/05

Saturday | Downtown Columbus to Gambier

101 Miles
$2,000 Fundraising Commitment

Beginning in Downtown Columbus, Riders will pass through Pickerington, Granville, Newark, and Bladensburg on their way to finishing in Gambier. This route will feature options for Riders to add additional elevation & miles if they choose!

Sat 08/05 Sun 08/06

Saturday & Sunday | Pickerington to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany

160 Miles
$3,000 Fundraising Commitment

This challenging 2-day option includes a Pickerington-Gambier 77-mile course on Saturday and a 83-mile Gambier-New Albany return route on Sunday. (Sunday 83-mile return ride linked here. Click your Saturday choice above for corresponding map.)

Sat 08/05 Sun 08/06

Saturday & Sunday | Downtown Columbus to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany

184 Miles
$3,000 Fundraising Commitment

This challenging 2-day option includes a Downtown Columbus-Gambier 101-mile ride on Saturday and the 83-mile Gambier-New Albany return on Sunday. (Sunday 83-mile return ride linked here. Click your Saturday choice above for corresponding map.)

Please note that routes may change +/- a few miles due to necessary adjustments after registration launch. Ride with GPS files, including the ability to save a variety of files, will be available at a later date to ensure the most updated files possible.

Ride Weekend Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Volunteers help make Ride Weekend amazing! With opportunities ranging from bike management to merchandise sales, we have a role for everyone.

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Register to Volunteer

Ready to help make our 15th year the best yet? Register today to select your volunteer shifts.

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Volunteer Handbook

All the information you need for volunteering at Ride Weekend, including role descriptions, lead volunteer contacts, FAQ’s and event day expectations.

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We’re very serious about safety around here. Please take time to read our Rules of the Road to keep yourself and your fellow Riders safe.

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Nutrition and training plans to help you thrive during Ride Weekend.

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Tips, tricks, and templates to help you raise the most money for cancer research.


Orientation Sessions

Learn all about Ride Weekend, fundraising tips, key safety information, and more

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Rider Perks

Special discounts and deals offered by local bike shops to registered Pelotonia Riders.

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Hotel Blocks

Need a place to stay for Ride Weekend? Browse available blocks from our hotel partners.

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Ride Weekend FAQ

When is Ride Weekend 2023?

Opening Ceremony is on August 4 and Ride Weekend will be held from August 5-6, 2023.

Is there an age requirement to participate in Pelotonia Ride Weekend?

The minimum age to ride or volunteer is 14; however, any age can participate in Pelotonia as a Challenger.

How do I change my route after registering?

To update your route, log into your profile at pelotonia.org/sign-in. You will be taken to your participant profile where you can edit your route by scrolling down and clicking ‘Edit’ in the ‘My Route’ section. Here you can choose your new route of choice by clicking on the new route you would like to ride and hitting save.

What is a High Roller?

High Rollers are Pelotonia’s biggest fundraisers. These individuals set big goals and thrive in the quest to make them happen.
Pelotonia participants can commit to the High Roller fundraising minimum of $5,000 in their personal profile and will be acknowledged as a High Roller if they maintain a minimum of $5,000 in donations after the fund-share period. By committing to raising $5,000 as a High Roller you're agreeing to having your credit card charged for the remaining amount if it isn’t met by midnight on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

Can I register for Gravel Day in addition to Ride Weekend?

Yes! Riders can participate in both Ride Weekend and Gravel Day. If adding Gravel Day to any Ride Weekend route, the Rider’s fundraising commitment will increase by $1,500. High Rollers ($5,000 fundraising minimum) will be able to participate in both events at no additional commitment increase. Please note, Riders who choose to participate in both Ride Weekend and Gravel Day cannot share funds below their set commitment, nor can they receive funds to get to their fundraising commitment.
Riders do not need to create a separate fundraising profile to participate in both events. If adding a Gravel Day route to your existing Ride Weekend registration, go to pelotonia.org/register and log in to the account that holds your current Ride Weekend registration. Once you are logged into the registration process, select Ride in Gravel Day option and complete the registration process.

Can I withdraw from Ride Weekend?

Any registered Rider or Challenger must withdraw their registration by 11:59 PM EST on July 10, 2023, to be removed from their minimum fundraising commitment. You can withdraw registration by clicking “Edit Profile” at the top of your Pelotonia profile, then scrolling down to “Cancel Registration” and clicking the edit button.
For more information on changing your commitment or to withdraw, please email Carolyn Appelhans at [email protected]. Remember, all participants have until Sunday, October 15, 2023, to reach their fundraising commitments.
Please note that in the event of a canceled registration, any donations received by a participant as of the date of their cancellation are not refundable to that participant or their donors. The Rider registration fee is not refundable or transferable.
What type of bike can I ride in Ride Weekend? 
Pelotonia welcomes a wide variety of bikes – from road bikes to beach cruisers and tandems to recumbents, as long as you’re comfortable and have trained on your bike of choice, it’s welcome in Ride Weekend! As a general rule, bikes allowed include anything with 2 wheels that can be serviced by a SAG vehicle (fit in a standard bike rack). Some exceptions to these guidelines may apply, so please email [email protected] if you have questions about a specific bike being permissible. Please note that no attachments (trailers or wagons) are allowed for safety reasons, and any bike that sits low to the ground, such as a recumbent, should have a flag attached to the back for visibility. 
Can I ride an e-bike in Ride Weekend? 
Yes! With the growth of electric bikes and pedal electronics in the biking community, the use of these technologies is welcome in Pelotonia. Please note, though, that no fully motorized bikes which use a throttle are allowed on the Pelotonia route and all electric bikes must have a freely operable pedaling system: rear wheel drive train of pedals, crank, chain, and gear system. 

All Frequently Asked Questions

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