What Is Team Buckeye?

Team Buckeye is the official super-peloton of The Ohio State University. It brings Buckeye Nation together to ride in Pelotonia, a grassroots bicycling event to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

To participate in Pelotonia, five or more individuals register as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer and join a team, called a “peloton”. Team Buckeye encompasses all pelotons created by Ohio State students, faculty, staff and alumni, and can include their families and friends.

Pelotonia has several ride distances and routes from which to choose. From a 25-mile cruise to a 2-day adventure to Gambier and back, riders of all skill levels should be able to find a distance that suits them..

Additional details on ride specifics can be found on Pelotonia's "Ride" page.

Team Buckeye brings Buckeyes together as one large team with one goal: end cancer.

Why Join Team Buckeye?

No team in Pelotonia is closer to the reason we all ride. One hundred percent of the money raised by Pelotonia directly benefits Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. It’s a great way to embrace Buckeye pride and be a part of the university’s single largest fundraiser.

We ride for people we know who’ve been affected by cancer. We ride for the incredible doctors and researchers who work every day to end cancer. We ride because teamwork and effort is what being a Buckeye is all about.

Ask anyone who’s been a part of it. Pelotonia is a profoundly inspiring experience. Experience for yourself the pride and connection that comes from being a part of Team Buckeye.

Why We Ride

100% of funds raised go to cancer research. It's that simple.

Pelotonia has become the single most powerful fundraiser in the history of The Ohio State University. These funds are vital to Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) to maintain its advanced research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of cancer.

Pelotonia is the No. 1 bicycling event in America by number of riders. And has raised, in its first six years, more than $106 million - every penny going to the fight against cancer.

Where does the money go? Researchers at the OSUCCC – James use it in four very specific ways:

Idea grants that allow researchers to pursue the "aha moments," those potentially big ideas that are too early, too new, or too bold to be funded by the government. We make sure inspiration has a chance to become real.

Scholarships for students who want to pursue research tied to the singular goal of ending cancer. It all begins with people. Driven, curious, hard-working people. We want to give them a path to success that benefits everyone.


Tools for discovery - the latest and greatest equipment to do the research we do everyday. Changing the world requires the best equipment available. We arm our team with the tools they need to be extraordinary.

Talent recruitment to bring the best and brightest minds to Ohio State. What's happening here is incredibly exciting, and people want to be a part of it. Pelotonia funding brings expert scientists to Ohio State to make our amazing cancer research team even stronger.

Watch this video with Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The James, as he shares about the importance of Pelotonia funding to cancer research.

For more detailed reports and information about how Pelotonia Dollars are invested, visit the OSUCCC – James Pelotonia Funded Research and the Pelotonia Impact pages.

Additional Resources

2015 Putting Pelotonia Dollars to Work Investment Report

Frontiers - 2016 Pelotonia Special Edition

Contact Us

Whether you ride, virtually ride or volunteer, we want your Team Buckeye experience in Pelotonia to be inspiring and successful.


TeamBuckeye@osumc.edu 


614-293-9523 


660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 183112
Columbus, OH 43218-3112