15 September 2008

Ride For Miles - Memorial Ride, Cleveland, Ohio 09/20/2008

Those of you who live in the Northeast Ohio area probably remember hearing the story of Miles Coburn, 58, of Cleveland Heights. He was hit by an sport utility vehicle back on August 16th while biking on Ohio 44 (Ravenna Road) near Music Street in Newbury Township (Geauga County). He died later that afternoon after being Life Flighted MetroHealth Medical Center.

Coburn, was a John Carroll University biology professor, was said to have a passion for the environment and biked about 5,000 miles annually encouraging others to do likewise, according to family and friends who often rode with him. To honor Miles Coburn, his family friends and colleagues will hold a memorial ride for him Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 am leaving from John Carroll University. The following is from the home page for the ride:

The Ride For Miles is being held to honor the life and work of Miles Coburn. It will be held 10:00am Saturday, September 20 -- three days before his birthday. The route is about 15 miles and includes some small rolling hills. Riders of all levels of ability are encouraged to participate. The Ride For Miles is free to all participants. Donations to support the cost of the ride and the work of Miles Coburn are most welcome.

Mapped out this fifteen mile route figures in at about 740 ft. min., 1230 ft. max, with 676 ft. ascending and 643 ft. descending. Check out this map from Map My Ride for a better idea, or you could just check out a rough (and unofficial) map of the ride at Map My Ride directly.

For more information, including how to register, visit www.rideformiles.org.


andy said...

weird. i dated a girl that lived on ravena road.

Groover said...

I hope a lot of people will show up. A well known cyclist died here in Brisbane after being hit by a car on one of the most popular early morning training climbs last year. 300 cyclists showed up for a memorial ride through Brisbane's inner city suburbs. It's good to create awareness amongst cyclists and motorists to reduce these very sad accidents.