15 Years and Counting
Simply Community is a diverse collective of individuals working towards a cancer-free world.
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About Simply Community

Our grassroots team, Simply Community, welcomes every rider, virtual rider and volunteer!

Pelotonia, founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2009, started as a grassroots bike tour, but has evolved to a movement that includes, engages, inspires, and challenges a community to change the world by accelerating innovative cancer research – and, Simply Community proudly stands together as a loyal team fueling this effort since day one.

Simply Community, simply characterized, is a dedicated, caring, eclectic family of Pelotonia riders, virtual riders, volunteers, and supporters who share a common goal: End Cancer.  While cancer is our ultimate adversary and the connection that identifies our drive and purpose, it is the people and relationships that are the foundational core and heart of who we are and why we exist.  We welcome and embrace everyone - from young professionals to sitting executives, young children to retirees, neighbors to family members, colleagues to friends - to join our unified and passionate team!

Over the past 12 years, Simply Community has raised more than $2.3 million dollars for life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Hospital – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James).  Collectively and cumulatively, along with many other dedicated peloton teams, selfless volunteers, generous donors and business partners, our combined efforts have contributed to over $209+ million raised by Pelotonia for cancer research.

Established in 2009, Simply Community is a grassroots peloton that welcomes and embraces everyone from all walks of life across the globe. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a seasoned cyclist or an enthusiastic volunteer, we welcome you to join us for our 15th season!

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We refer to our peloton as a giant, eclectic family. Each member contributes time, talent, and treasure, uniquely, but we come together to learn about the impact being made through innovative research, train for ride weekend, plan fundraisers, celebrate our purpose, socialize, and simply get to know each other. 

Most remarkable is that, since Pelotonia’s founding in 2009, we have raised $3.89 million as a grass-roots peloton contributing to the $258 million raised by Pelotonia – 100% benefitting cancer research at The James.  We consider it a privilege to be a small collective who is positively impacting the well-being of this community and the world in which we live.

Simply Community Stories


Allen Tsung, MD


Nate Durbin and Mary Connolly

Our 2022 Survivor Champions

survivor champion

Mary Connolly

Diagnosed with Sarcoma at the age of 21 during her senior year at Ohio State. She serves as a clinical social worker at The James. Click the link to learn more about Mary's story.

survivor champion

Nathan Durbin

Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2014 at the age of 19 during his freshman year in college. Nathan is graduating from Ohio State this spring from the Fisher College of Business with a degree in Finance and Economics. Click the link to learn more about Nathan's story.

Our 2023 Honorary
Physician/Scientist Champion

Physician champion

Dr. Sameek Roychowdhurry

Dr. Sameek Roychowdhurry is a medical oncologist who specializes in
treating patients with advanced prostate and colorectal cancers, including soft tissue sarcoma. He is a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James, where his research team uses genomics to identify optimal therapies for patients.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Roychowdhurry.

Pelotonia EVENTS

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10+ Year Participation

2020 Jersey

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Events & Rides

Simply community 2023

We will keep you updated on more events as the Pelotonia 2023 season progresses!

March 26, 2023

Simply Community Kickoff - Year 15!

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August 3, 2023

Simply Community Fuel Up Festival

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August 4, 2023
August 4-6, 2023

Ride Weekend

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September 30, 2023

Gravel Day

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October 15, 2023

Fundraising Ends

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Mark your calendar for upcoming Pelotonia and Simply Community fundraising, social, and training events!
More details will be provided as events approach.

our community

Meet the Team

Cindy Hilsheimer

Kelsey Edington

Margaux Aschinger

Maggie Francis

Sarah Petti


Get in Touch


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Columbus, OH 43215

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