Why A Bike Ride?
It’s simple really: for the physical challenge. Many charities fundraise through walks or 5ks, which are simpler physical acts to stand for the fundraising efforts. Paceline strategically selected the route distances for the bike ride to offer a variety of physically challenging routes for people of all levels. The routes are 20 miles, 45 miles, and 100 miles.
The 20 mile route is designed specifically for beginner cyclists. If you are a casual cyclist who occasionally rides with your family on weekends, we designed this route for you. Will it be easy? Not exactly, but we want the challenge because we know battling cancer is far more challenging. The component of riding a bike presents the opportunity for you to not only commit financially through fundraising, but also commit physically.
We know that not everyone is ready to ride a bike, and that is okay! There is a place for everyone in Paceline. If you’re not interested in being a rider, you can be a Virtual Rider or Volunteer and play a vital role in this effort to eradicate cancer.
The bike ride serves as the cathartic culmination of the fundraising efforts that occur during the year, and the purpose of Paceline is not just for the bike ride. The purpose for Paceline and the bike ride is to raise funds for life-saving cancer research at the Georgia Cancer Center. Your involvement is critical in this effort, whether you choose to be a Rider, Virtual Rider, or Volunteer.
Setting the Pace
In Summer of 2017, Augusta residents Dag and Alicia Grantham were in Columbus, Ohio, biking 100 miles as part of Pelotonia, a weekend-long bike ride that raises funds for cancer research. It felt more like 1,000 miles as the Granthams, mostly neighborhood bikers, pushed themselves to make it to the finish line.
On a flat stretch that seemed to last forever, surrounded by cornfields on both sides, they approached a single pickup truck under a tent, with a man holding a sign. As each rider passed, he shouted, “Thank you for saving my wife.”
The sweat and the pain suddenly faded away. That single moment struck both Granthams so powerfully that they looked at each other and said, “Why doesn’t Augusta have something like this? Let’s do a bike ride in Augusta.”
That’s how Paceline was born.
Paceline is so much more than just a ride though. It is a social movement. Because it’s not only about raising money and biking. It’s about the community coming together—fundraising together, holding their own mini-events, pushing themselves to work together, resulting in funds that help find better treatments for a disease that doesn’t discriminate.
The Granthams’ goal for the first year is to host 1,500 riders and raise $3 million. Following the inaugural event, researchers at the Georgia Cancer Center will submit proposals for research grants. In order to qualify, researchers must participate in Paceline, either as a rider or volunteer.