Sept. 29, 2005
By Breana Krotz
Sporting a green and white riding jersey with the unmistakable Bobcat paw brazen on the chest, five members of the Ohio University Cycling Team crossed the finish line wearing not only their Bobcat gear, but also smiles.
They had made it. The whole way -- 150 miles of endurance and sweat -- 150 miles to think about what they were pedaling for. This time it wasn't a race against other cycling clubs, or an attempt to improve their own personal record. This ride was a bit different; it was for charity -- the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's (NMSS) MS 150 "Pedal to the Point" Bike Tour.
The pack of five Bobcats, including Ben Halada, Ryan Helbach, Ryan Krawczyk, Katsu Tanda and Bailey Miles, raised more than $1,000 for the NMSS annual bike tour. The tour is a two-day event that begins at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio, and stretches to Sandusky, Ohio. Riders complete the ride on day two when they return to Berea.
"This was our first charity ride and we had a really good time," said Ryan Helbach, Ohio University Cycling Team interim president. "We're planning to ride again next year and hopefully more members from our club will come out for it."
The cycling club, part of the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference, which consists of 15 member schools, competes in races throughout the region against universities such as Purdue, Miami and Wisconsin.
President Ben Halada has been riding in the MS 150 for the past five years.
"I come back each year to support the ride," Halada said. "The Ohio University Cycling Team got involved because I felt that it would be a good ride for the team members to do together."
Halada's passion for riding is evident. Not only did he get his team involved in the MS 150, but he also recruits students to join the cycling team.
"I got into cycling when Ben, who lived on my floor at the time, bought a new bike and sold me his old one," Helbach said. "I've been riding ever since."
For more information about the Ohio University cycling club visit their Web site at: http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~cycling.
For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's MS 150 Bike Tour visit their Web site at: www.nmss.org.
Breana Krotz is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.