Saturday looked like the Olympic cycling events were being held in Cleveland.
Actually, those won’t be for another two years and they will be in Rio de Janeiro.
But, it was an Olympian effort by hundreds of volunteers and bike riders who flooded the streets to support Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland.
The event was the fifth “Bike to Build” held to raise funds for the organization which helps families relocate to quality housing while teaching the necessities of homeownership, budgeting and being good neighbors.
Riders braved the chilly morning as they began their trek from the parking lot of Bradley Central High School.
The cyclists came from all age groups and rode from between 13 to 62 miles depending on the course they had chosen to ride.
“We were down in numbers because some of the riders who have participated in the past said their preparation time was shortened due to the inclement cold weather we’ve had,” said Habitat event coordinator Brittany Sloan.
Sloan said more than 200 participated in this year’s ride and everyone who crossed the finished line was greeted with cheers and signs of “Thank You” from supporters and volunteers.
Riders were also treated to a race-end dinner provided by Shane’s Rib Shack, Subway and Chick-Fil-A.
Final numbers have yet to be tallied, but Sloan said the lead team of “Jeff’s Hope” had already brought in $4,000.
The team runs the race in memory of Jeff Miller, an avid supporter of the race who tragically died after battling cancer in 2013.
Last year, Habitat built 11 new homes in addition to other projects which came to fruition because of more than 18,000 hours of volunteer work.
The organization is looking to construct 10 new homes in Bradley County during the current year.
Those wishing to help can call 423-476-6874. Donations are also accepted on line by going to www.habitatofcleveland.org and clicking “GIVE.”