Just wanted to start posting/recognizing some of our area riders. Here's an article from the Columbus Dispatch of a new Elite cycling team for 2010 called, "Pelotonia" with one of our local riders, Jason Wood (Cat 2), riding for them:
Pelotonia to form race team
Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:57 AM
BY JEFFREY SHEBAN
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Pelotonia, the charity bike tour for cancer research, is forming an eight-man elite racing team to compete in professional and amateur events in the East and Midwest.
Elite riders are top-level amateurs who also compete against professionals in National Racing Calendar and USA Criterium events.
The first race for the Pelotonia Cycling Team will be April 4-5 at the Philadelphia 2-Day Cycling Classic.
Seven of the riders are Category 1 and 2 cyclists, the highest levels for amateurs in the United States. They are: Elliot Gaunt of Lock Haven, Pa.; Turner Johnson of Renfrew, Pa.; Adam Kahler of West Chester, Pa.; Alexander Pratt of Columbus; Anthony Rienzi of Cleveland; Jason Wood of Doylestown, Pa.; and Jonathan Wood of Canal Winchester. Pratt will be the team's director.
Team member Griffin Weiler, of Dublin, is a triathlete.
The team will be racing in Ohio, New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, finishing the season in September with the Univest Grand Prix in Doylestown, Pa.
The Pelotonia Tour is a cycling event between Columbus and Athens to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State University. Executive Director Tom Lennox said the racing team will help publicize the fundraiser and recruit riders for the event, which will be held Aug. 13-15.
The team will hold training rides around central Ohio for tour participants this spring and summer.
Good luck and GO JASON! You can root-on Jason at the Philly 2-day event in April.