Thanks to the riders, donors and sponsors of the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer there are many more cancer survivors than there were when the first group went riding around the borders of Pennsylvania in 1983. But there's still much more work to do in the fight. So every other year a new group of riders, along with a number of long-time veterans, raise as much money as they can before starting their week-long ride of hills, heat, tears and even more smiles.
Our riders vary in ability from fit recreational cycling enthusiasts to ex-bicycle racers. They represent a wide range of professions, interests and backgrounds and average about 45 years of age. Over the years, riders as young as 15 and as old as 60(ish) have completed the 500+ miles. Riders travel at their own pace in groups of others of the same speed. As a rider you will be given a daily cue sheet - a description of the day's route with landmarks and distances. You must be prepared to pedal your bike 80-100 miles a day, often over many difficult climbs. You'll be expected to make routine mechanical adjustments such as changing flats on your own. Your day on the road usually begins at 7:00 am and ends by 4:00 pm or earlier.