For Greg Adams, serving as Team Bexley's Pelotonia captain for the past two years has personal significance.
Like many of his Team Bexley teammates, Adams and his family have been touched by cancer.
Adams' wife, Leah Weintraub, was treated at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital in 2007 and has enjoyed good health since. They have a son, Aaron, 27, and a daughter, Dorit, 24.
Adams, who is director of financial reporting at American Electric Power, said he decided to get involved with Pelotonia several years ago while riding his bicycle in Three Creeks Metro Park in Groveport.
He said he realized he should be raising money for cancer research and has been riding with Team Bexley Pelotonia since 2012.
"When you're out there with a like-minded group of people, it's not that hard," said Adams, 59. "That's what makes the ride in Pelotonia go so well: riding with a group of people who share your goal."
Team Bexley has raised more than $2 million for cancer research over the past 10 years. The team raises money by hosting a variety of events throughout year, including competitions between girls' and boys' soccer teams and a Pedal for Pancakes event. It also raises awareness by riding together during the city's annual Fourth of July parade.
"The Bexley community is fantastic," Adams said. "They're very generous."
Adams said he and Weintraub both plan to ride in Pelotonia this year.
Team Bexley has 119 members this year, the most ever, he said.
The peloton has weekly training rides leading up to the event, and Adams makes an effort to stay road-ready year-round, he said.
"I try to put in at least 1,000 miles a year before Pelotonia," he said.
He is registered for the 35-mile Granville to New Albany route this year, according to his Pelotonia profile.
Adams said one aspect of the event that he enjoys the most is interacting with doctors and specialists from the James who also participate in the ride.
"You ask them what (medical advancements) they're working on along the way," he said. "That's a big part of the ride, the camaraderie, whether with people from Bexley or other parts of the city."