JoyRide Cycling Studio is organizing a team to compete in the 15th annual SpinOdyssey, the annual fundraising event that raises money to fight breast cancer.
SpinOdyssey has raised more than $4 million for breast cancer research and support services for patients and their families.
For the past two years, Team JoyRide raised $88,623. In 2013, JoyRider Andrew Beal, of Westport, was also the top individual fundraiser, bringing in $23,500.
This year's SpinOdyssey will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, under a tent in the parking lot at Fairway Market in Stamford. An estimated 400 riders will compete.
Riders will have the opportunity to participate for two, four or six hours, while raising money from pledge donors. One hundred percent of the money riders raise will benefit the American Cancer Society's breast cancer researchers. The proceeds from the SpinOdyssey store and merchanding, as well as a portion of the registration fees, will benefit Norwalk Hospital's Wittingham Cancer Center and the Smilow Family Breast Health Center.
The JoyRide SpinOdyssey team will be led by JoyRide owner and lead instructor Rhodie Lorenz, who is a key organizer of this year's SpinOdyssey and a lead presenter at the event. Other JoyRide instructors who will lead the event include Mo Prester, Mackenzie Pretty, Meagen O'Connell, Armond Jordan and Brian Herman.
"I feel fortunate to combine my passion for indoor cycling toward increasing awareness and raising money to find a cure for breast cancer," said Lorenz, who has participated in SpinOdyssey for eight years. "I am lucky to be part of a strong and supportive JoyRide community, and I am so proud of the way our team comes together to inspire, lead and fight cancer."
This week, JoyRide will also offer free training rides at both the Westport and Darien studios for participants to prepare for the fundraising event. Any registered SpinOdyssey rider can take a free class between Monday and Friday at 6, 7:30 and 10:45 a.m., noon and 6:30 or 7 p.m. Riders should book a spot in advance using the code JRS014 at joyridestudio.com.
SpinOdyssey is a volunteer-run fundraising event, and the organizer, Patty Kondub, expects at least 200 volunteers to attend, as well as hundreds more friends, family members and Fairway shoppers to cheer on the riders.
"SpinOdyssey is thrilled to have JoyRide returning again with a strong and enthusiastic fundraising team," Kondub said. "JoyRide is a major partner for 2014, hosting many free training rides and helping with the presenters, music and corporate sponsorships too. We are extremely grateful for all of their support."
"Collectively, we are more powerful than we are alone," Lorenz said. "Whether we seek to effect change in an indoor cycling class or as residents of Fairfield County battling breast cancer, Spin Odyssey empowers JoyRiders to save lives. That's amazing and I am honored to be part of the team."
JoyRide is at 1200 Post Road East in Westport and in the Goodwives Shopping Center at 25 Old Kings Highway North in Darien.
Riders can register for JoyRide's SpinOdyssey team at www.spinodyssey.info.