Lindsay Ellingson talks cancer cycle ride
Lindsay Ellingson says taking part in a recent charity bike ride was a “no brainer”.
The Victoria’s Secret model rode 50 miles alongside more than 6,700 others for the annual Pelotonia event at the weekend, a bike tour that raises funds for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center.
Lindsay, 28, felt compelled to do the race after losing a beloved family member.
“This charity is near and dear to my heart. I’m riding in memory of my grandma,” she told Style List, after explaining she lost her battle to lung cancer.
“They’ve come so far in the six years since her passing. There is strength in numbers. I’ve participated with Supermodel Cycle at Soul Cycle for three years and we’ve raised more than $750K. Taking the next step and riding with this group was a no brainer.”
Lindsay normally takes part in yoga to achieve her enviable body, but switched up her exercise routine ahead of the event. She concentrated on biking, hiking and endurance training to prepare her for the gruelling race.
“I’m a little nervous, but I have the support of all the other riders and I know crossing that finish line is going to be amazing,” she said ahead of the event.
The star went on to complete the 50 miles.
Talking about her family’s loss earlier this year, Lindsay revealed: “[My grandmother's] passing was a difficult time for me and my family. I see my participation in Pelotonia as my chance to do my part; to give back and help those who are also affected by this horrible disease. I know my grandma will be smiling down on me.”
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