Texas Cyclists Make Grottoes Pit Stop

Relay Team Riding To Maine For Cancer Research

Posted: June 24, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A group of cyclists from Houston, Texas, passed through Rockingham County on their way to Maine early Sunday morning as part of a campaign to raise money for cancer research.


When he first saw the cadre of riders in the dark of night, Grottoes Police Department’s Mike Obenschain didn’t know what to think.


“I was looking for drunk people and these guys come riding into town,” on Va. 340 or Southeast Side Highway, Obenschain said of the train of cyclists trailed by a Houston, Texas, police vehicle.


The Houston Police Bike Relay Team, in its 32nd year, has raised $5 million in that time — around $200,000 this year — for leukemia and lymphoma research by riding 24-hours a day in shifts until they reach their destination. That’s always about 1,000 miles from their hometown, according to its Facebook page. This year’s final stop will be Portland, Maine. Team members are officers and civilians who ride 100-mile shifts, Obenschain said.


Obenschain talked with the cyclists as they worked on their bikes at the Grottoes 7-Eleven around 2 a.m. Sunday. The team reached the Pennsylvania border Sunday afternoon, according to its Facebook page.


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