German Village resident Michael Horning said he knew Pelotonia was a tight-knit, compassionate community, but he did not realize how much until this year.

Horning and his husband, Scott Rambo, will ride in Pelotonia as part of Stefanie's Team of Hope, a peloton founded in memory of Stefanie Spielman. She and her husband, Chris, a former Ohio State football player, publicly shared her battle with breast cancer as they raised awareness and support for research and treatment.

Stefanie Spielman died at the age of 42 in 2009.

Earlier this year, Rambo's father died from cancer.

By the next day, Horning said, they were getting calls expressing sympathy from Pelotonia staff members, including president and CEO Doug Ulman.

"It cemented for (us), the support there is within Pelotonia," Horning said.

Horning, 52, and Rambo, 50, have been a part of Pelotonia almost since its founding. They have participated since 2010 and 2011, respectively.

"I hadn't ridden a bike (regularly) for years," Horning said, before tackling a 50-mile ride in 2010.

He said he and Rambo rode in Pelotonia together the following year and soon were riding 100 miles.

This year, they have scaled back to the Columbus-to-Pickerington route.

"But this year, we cut back to 25 miles because of other obligations we have ... and not being able to train as much as we'd like," Horning said.

Horning and Rambo said they typically train by riding from Scioto Audubon Metro Park near German Village to the Olentangy Trail that starts in Columbus and runs to Worthington.

"We're looking forward again (to Pelotonia)," Horning said.

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