The Rider

August 19, 2010

Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Pelotonia Yard Sign

Filed under: Rider Profiles — Tags: — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

There seems to be a bumper crop of Pelotonia lawn signs sprouting up in Central Ohio this year.

“I saw them last year and thought they’re a great way of advertising this brand-new event,” said Mark Shannon.

A man, his dog - and Pelotonia yard sign

This year Mark planted one in his front lawn – and decorated it with yellow ribbons. On each ribbon is the name of someone with a cancer connection.

“They’re names of family members, colleagues at work, the loved ones of my work colleagues and friends,” Mark said. “One name is a friend’s cousin who passed away just two weeks ago and another is a colleague who had colon cancer and was cleared last year and now it’s come back. It’s just everybody – you can’t throw a stick without hitting someone who has suffered from cancer or has been a person on the front lines sitting there while a loved one went through chemo.”

Mark and his wife, Kristy, are teachers in the Worthington school district.

There are about 35 ribbons on Mark’s sign – and he plans to transfer them onto his bike for Saturday’s ride to Athens. Not the actual ribbons, just the names.

Here's Mark at the start of last year's ride ...

“My bike is black, but it may be a different color,” said Mark, who plans to write the names on tape and then stick the tape on the frame of his bike. The names will provide him with inspiration when the going gets tough.

“Whenever people see (the lawn sign) and ask me about Pelotonia, they’re always curious about how tough the hills are,” he said of the Hocking Hills portion of the ride. “But the hills pale in comparison to chemo therapy; the hills aren’t a challenge compared to this, they’re just a little bump in the road. And when I’m gasping for air on the hills, I look at the names and know why I’m doing this.”

10 things about Mark…

Favorite ride

Out to Prospect, Ohio

Dream ride

Highway 101 in Oregon

And at the finish in Athens with friends Linda and Dave Lutz (L) and his wife, Kristy

Current Pelotonia bike

LeMond Versailles

Dream bike

Trek Project 1

Favorite movie

Raising Arizona

Favorite band/singer

Dave Mathhews

Favorite TV show

Big Bang Theory

Favorite book

The Killer Angels

Favorite athlete

Any domestique on any professional cycling team

Favorite post-ride meal

My wife’s fish tacos

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1 Comment »

  1. Mark!! Long time, no see! Great to see you riding this year, very cool story! I’ll keep an eye out there for you! Enjoy your trip!!

    Comment by Lauren Lichtenauer — August 19, 2010 @ 2:26 PM


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