BellRinger to Host Training Rides Before Oct. Bike Fundraiser
By May 12, 2022 0 735•
BellRinger Weekend will be here sooner than we know! On October 21-22, BellRinger will host a fundraising community bike ride for cancer research at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
BellRinger is comprised of local community members, physicians, avid bikers, and research scientists. And it’s also working to make biking accessible to everyone in the D.C. area. “We believe BellRinger is a community more than anything else,” says Chris Timko, executive director of BellRinger, and this crew is ready to welcome anyone and everyone to their upcoming group training rides.
All training rides are “no drop” rides, meaning no one will be left behind. Chris Timko, and Jonathan Thomas, director of development, have designed the rides to be inclusive to all levels of bikers; from novice or hobby riders to more advanced cyclists, everyone is welcome. Timko and Thomas have enlisted the help of four experienced BellRinger riders to serve as ride leaders to ensure the training rides are safe, social, and most important, a great time.
Eric Brewer, Charlie Denney, Megan Jones, and Jeff Miller are all avid bikers themselves, as well as impactful members of the community who have had a hand in making the sport of cycling more accessible and safer for all. The Georgetowner spoke with Megan Jones who commented on the inclusive environment of the training rides, “I’m a big advocate for getting people comfortable on a bike. These rides are geared towards all abilities. We want to get to know you, and for you to get to know your bike.”
The ride leaders will accompany the group at both ends to ensure everyone stays together, and is comfortable with the pace, distance, and their bike. They’re well-versed in biking attire, gear, and mechanics, and are ready to answer any questions or provide suggestions. It’s not required to be a registered BellRinger rider to participate in a training ride, although this is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization, and all BellRinger Weekend has to offer. It’s also a time to meet and interact with doctors and researchers who are faced with the challenge of working towards a cure every day.
The upcoming BellRinger training rides, dates, and locations are below. Visit bellringer.org for the full schedule, meeting point directions, and additional information. Training rides will be coordinated throughout the summer leading up to BellRinger weekend. Be sure to keep an eye on the website for more rides!
- Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. at Rosslyn/Georgetown (8-10 Miles)
- Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. at Rock Creek Park (8-10 Miles)
If you have questions or want to talk about BellRinger, the training rides, or anything related to biking, the team is more than happy to connect with you. Feel free to reach out via email at Ride@BellRinger.org or by phone at (202) 525 – 6401. Join BellRinger to ring the bell on cancer for the last time.