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A Pelotonia Love Story

A Pelotonia Love Story

Adrienne Amador started participating in Pelotonia 2014 at the 100-mile finish, working the Kenyon College admissions table. While participating she had the opportunity to meet a variety of riders, and volunteers, and was “so impressed at what a great time everyone was having for this one common goal.” As an endurance athlete, Adrienne was always doing something active, whether it was swimming, walking or running, but hadn’t gotten into cycling. That was until she experienced the Pelotonia community and learned about the impact they were making.

After working at Kenyon College for a few years, she was offered a new position in Rome, Georgia for Berry College. It wasn’t until moving to Georgia, a year later, and some convincing from her friends, the athlete in her decided to ride in Pelotonia 2015. Adrienne told us, “fortunately for me participation was purely an athletic challenge. I have been fortunate in my life that none of my family members or friends have been diagnosed with cancer. To me, signing up for that first year was about the cycling, and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I was not comfortable at all on a bike. I didn’t even know how the gears worked and it was very nerve-racking for me!”

She laughed when she shared with us how her inexperience showed during her first and only training ride for Pelotonia, when she met with her new Peloton, The Midnight Train from Georgia. “These guys (The Midnight Train from Georgia) had no idea what they were getting into having me on the team.  Within the first 2 miles of our training ride I couldn’t make it up a hill because I shifted and lost my chain.  I had no idea what I was doing.  Luckily everyone was patient with me and helped me get back up and running.  They were a very welcoming and accommodating group.”

 

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During the lunch stop of this training ride, Adrienne met fellow teammate, Henry Oddi. Henry lost his Mom to cancer when he was a teenager. To him, he shared with us, “participating in Pelotonia just made sense and I knew it was going to lead to great things.” During this training ride, they learned that they both worked at Kenyon College in Ohio prior to moving to Georgia, and had independently volunteered for Pelotonia in the exact same years, though somehow their paths never crossed. It wasn’t an immediate connection, but Henry kindly reminded Adrienne that he “bought her a pimento cheese sandwich on focaccia bread during their lunch stop.” She clearly made an impression on him. They said goodbye after completing their training ride, and Adrienne headed back to Rome, Georgia to prepare for Pelotonia 2015.

A few months later, Adrienne had a marketing and strategy position open within Berry College (where she was working). She reached out to fellow teammates to see if they were aware of anyone interested in the position, and who was recommended? Henry. The same team member who bought her that pimento cheese sandwich during their training ride months earlier. Other than emails and messages for the Midnight Train from Georgia, Adrienne and Henry hadn’t kept in touch, however, it wasn’t long after Adrienne reached out to him about the job that the two of them were working together. “We were just pals at the time. Once he moved here he got me out on the bike a lot more than I would have without him.” Eventually, the two of them started seeing one another, and well, the rest is history.

On March 24th, 2018, in the presence of their family and friends, these two Midnight Train from  Georgia teammates, who met on a training ride, were married.  The wedding was perfect, with sunshine, and plenty of Pelotonia love to be shared.  They even made sure to include different Pelotonia features within their ceremony and reception to honor how they met.

“Etsy is a beautiful thing,” Adrienne laughed.  “We were able to find a cake topper with two cyclists, as well a custom sign to allow all of our guests to sign around the arrow.   They took pictures with their fellow team members, laughed, and danced the night away. They say they have Pelotonia, and their team members, to thank them for bringing their two paths together.

 

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Henry and Adrienne are very much looking forward to riding in Pelotonia 2018 as newlyweds.  “Our team always crosses the finish line together.  It’s a hair-raising on the back of your neck moment, that we not only get to experience with our team members, but now we get to roll in as husband and wife, as well.”

Learn more about The Midnight Train from Georgia team today!

 

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