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Team Buckeye Comes Up Big

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Team Buckeye Comes Up Big

This is another in a series of posts on a few of our larger pelotons. We’re closing in on the November 10 check presentation party, so mark the date on your calendar and be there! If you haven’t already purchased a ticket, click here to join the fun.


Ohio State is used to doing things in a big way – and this policy has helped fuel Team Buckeye, the university’s Pelotonia team.

“We are the biggest peloton in terms of riders, we can claim the title for that,” said Karl Koon, OSU’s director of development – Pelotonia.

Karl took over as Team Buckeye’s organizer in March – and got right to work, organizing, meeting, planning and pestering like a scarlet-and-gray whirlwind.

“We had 1,567 people involved,” said Karl, adding this worked out to 1,068 riders, 381 virtual riders and 118 volunteers. Together, all these Buckeyes have raised just under $2 million – and counting.

And, Karl and Team Buckeye are just getting started.

“I’ve said all along it’s about building a culture,” he said. “It’s a matter of building an infrastructure and enhancing awareness and to always celebrate what we did and our successes and then look at what else we can do to be more effective and reach even bigger numbers.”

Karl has worked hard to create a culture of Pelotonia at Ohio State

Events in 2011 included the first annual Biking With Brutus celebration at Ohio Stadium; the introduction of a Team Buckeye jersey that any of the 76 pelotons within the OSU super peloton could customize; the Buckeye Bikers Bash outside the Student Union; a series of group training rides; and literally hundreds of fundraising events anywhere and everywhere on campus and beyond.

Plans for 2012 have begun to emerge, but are still in the early planning stages.

Karl recently met with the captains of the 76 pelotons to discuss Pelotonia 12 and start planning for next year. Karl has also met with the Pelotonia Student Team, which was led by Julia Dowers this year – and will be led by Andrew Fast in 2012, with the help of 11 captains.

There are gains to be made in recruiting OSU alumni for Team Buckeye, and Karl said he plans to work with OSU’s regional campus to create pelotons comprised of staff, faculty and students.

“This has been an amazing year for Team Buckeye and everyone was so jazzed and everywhere we looked during Pelotonia this year we saw Team Buckeye shirts,” Karl said. “Last year we saw a sea of green (Huntington) and pink (Limited Brands) jerseys and now you could also see a sea of Team Buckeye jerseys.”