OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle

Ovarian Cycle is Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s (OCRF) series of indoor cycling events, 
open to men and women of all ages, which inspires people to fitness while raising funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research.

History

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Founded by Bethany Diamond, Ovarian Cycle® launched in Atlanta in 2004 with 40 cycling enthusiasts on a common mission: to fund ovarian cancer research and honor the life of her friend Debbie Green Flamm, who succumbed to the disease at age 43.

Bethany envisioned an event that would revolutionize ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, by promoting research while inspiring people to become more fit and healthy. Bethany has shared her passion for fitness for almost 30 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer and international fitness educator. For Ovarian Cycle®, she created a training protocol and final ride experience that attracted people to the event and kept them coming back year after year.

Ovarian Cycle® officially became part of OCRF in 2012. Since its inception, the series has raised more than $2 million. Nine events were held nationwide in 2013, with hundreds of riders raising more than $620,000 in support of top researchers working to change the future of ovarian cancer.

The Ride to Change the Future®, Ready. Set. Ride!®, and Virtual Rides

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OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle offers two types of rides: Ready. Set. Ride!® and Ride to Change the Future®. Both can be done at a comfortable pace, individually or alongside family, friends, and colleagues. Some ride in honor or in memory of a loved one, some are survivors, and others are cyclists who enjoy the fitness challenge and want to support the cause. All come together for one goal: to fund much-needed ovarian cancer research that will one day find a cure. There are as many reasons to ride as there are riders. Click here to read some heartwarming inspirational stories from Ovarian Cycle participants.

The Ride to Change the Future® consists of six weeks of optional free training that culminates in a six-hour ride. Participating cities include Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama. Free training is offered, but not required, to build confidence, stamina and camaraderie for the final ride.

Ready. Set. Ride!® packs all the fun and inspiration of Ride to Change the Future® into a ride of three hours or less. Participating cities currently include: Los Angeles, California, Washington, D.C, Tampa, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Boston, Massachusetts, Jackson, Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri, New York, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Newport, Rhode Island, Austin, Texas, and Spokane, Washington.

Those unable to physically ride, or those without a ride in their area, can still get in on the action and help support the cause (even an individual or team) by signing up as a virtual rider. Unlike people who ride bikes at the event, virtual riders will not pay a registration fee or raise a minimum fundraising amount, or enjoy on-site event benefits. A bike will not be reserved at the event, but virtual riders play a large part in raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.

Click here to find a ride near you!

How It Works

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In order to participate in the event, riders pay a registration fee (ovarian cancer survivors receive free registration!), and are required to raise a fundraising minimum, which varies by city. All participants are given their own fundraising page to personalize and use for meeting their fundraising goal, which must be met prior to the ride.

Riders in every city receive benefits including a free commemorative t-shirt and gift bag, as well as on-site food and refreshments. Local benefits vary by event location and in some cases will include free optional training in the weeks leading up to the event.

OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Online Store

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OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle participants and supporters are encouraged to get in the spirit by creating custom shirts and merchandise to wear at the ride. The OCRF Ovarian Cycle GoodThreads store offers the convenient opportunity to custom design shirts with team names, personal photos and tributes, and more. With each purchase, OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle receives $5 of the overall item cost as a donation.

Partners in Science Program

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In 2011, Ovarian Cycle® became a member of OCRF’s Partners in Science program. The program allows donors to select and sponsor OCRF-funded scientists conducting cutting-edge research projects, based on criteria such as geographic location, specific institution, or area of study. Ovarian Cycle® events that raise $50,000 or more are eligible to participate.

To date, OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle has directed contributions to the following researchers and their projects:

2011
Ovarian Cycle® Atlanta:
Sharmistha Sarkar, Ph.D., M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Joanna Burdette, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago

2012
OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Atlanta:
Daniela Dinulescu, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2013
OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Atlanta:
Daniela Dinulescu, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Los Angeles:
W. Ruprecht Wiedemeyer, Ph.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

 

Getting Involved

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In addition to riding to support the cause, individuals and companies can support ovarian cancer research through volunteeringsponsorship, and matching donations.

OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle takes place in new cities every year, with the help of enthusiastic individuals nationwide. Click here to learn more about hosting a ride in your own community!

 

Current OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Rides


OCRF's Ovarian Cycle

Special thanks to our national Ovarian Cycle sponsors