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Fundraising Ride for Mitch Graham

Join us on Saturday, November 11th for a ride to support our friend Mitch Graham in his fight for his own life.

Here is the link to the list of the current unclaimed raffle prizes and winning Numbers.

Mitch's Raffle Unclaimed Tickets - Google Sheets

Please read Mitch's story and why we are riding. (below in text after his picture).

The cycling community is united and together organizing a fundraising ride for Mitch! The Cincinnati Cycle Club (CCC), Queen City Wheels (QCW), Cincinnati Tri Club (CTC), Gears for Beers, Bulldogs, the Bike Lawyers, Tri-State Trails, and several area bike shops are ALL working together. Come out and support our community friend Mitch. 

You can donate on his GoFundMe Page or you can donate in Cash or Check or Credit Card at the ride. 

We will have $20,000 worth of sweet raffle items at the ride that you can purchase raffle tickets for in support of Mitch.

Including these TWO “order to your specs” bicycles:

Cervelo Caledonia Rival

Specialized Roubaix SL8 Comp

Buy tickets Online: If you are can’t attend the event, you can now purchase raffle tickets for the two bicycles until 5pm Friday on BikeReg @ Mitch Graham Fundraising Drawing.

Buy tickets for all 37+ items in person two ways: Raffle tickets for all items may currently be purchased at Bio Wheels during normal shop hours until the end of business Friday. On Saturday tickets will be sold to anyone who stops by the event prior to the start of drawings at 2:00.

Winners of all items will not need to be present for the drawing. Prizes will be available to pick up at BioWheels until the end of November.

VIEW THE FULL LIST OF ITEMS HERE: Mitch Graham Benefit Raffle Google Doc. Check the list frequently over the next few days as items are added.

1 Ticket $5
6 Tickets $25
14 Tickets $50
30 Tickets $100

Tickets at the event can purchased with cash or Credit Card.

WHY?: For further information on why we are raising money to help Mitch please visit the GoFundMe page Please Donate to Help Mitch Graham.

Thank you for your support.

Have an item to donate to the Raffle? Please contact Scott Fratianne or Fred Ferguson

When: Saturday, November 11, 2023

Where:  50 West between the burger bar and Fleet Feet store.
                    7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Required: Please check in at the registration table and sign the ride waiver pre-ride.

Bike Routes:
We are tentatively planning two aid stations, one in Loveland and one at Goshen High School.  Metric century riders will pass the Goshen High School station twice.

Metric Century Covered Bridge Route (ride starts at 9am)
RideWithGPS link (updated route on 11-6-23)
Strava link    Mitch Graham Fundraiser Ride - Metric Century (Updated 11/6/23) | 63.9 mi Cycling Route on Strava

42 miles Covered Bridge route (ride starts at 9:30am)
RideWithGPS link   (updated route on 11-6-23)
  strava link:  Mitch Graham Fundraiser Ride - 43 Miles (Updated 11/6/23) | 42.9 mi Cycling Route on Strava

Bike Trail 24 miles (ride starts at 10:0am)
RideWithGPS link
Strava link

Why we are riding:

My name is Frank DeJulius, I am the Owner of Fleet Feet here in Cincinnati. I have been friends with Mitch Graham, owner of BioWheels for over ten years. In fact, when my wife, Stacey and I moved to Cincinnati back in 2013, Mitch was one of the very first people to reach out to me and welcome me as a cyclist and local small business owner like him.

Over the years Mitch and I developed a friendship that stemmed from our passion for endurance sports and our love for our very similar specialty retail small businesses. In fact Mitch's service to the community through his business became a model that I strived to follow. Throughout time he and I served on local race committees together, co-sponsored community events, and supported local clubs and teams.

It been easy to work with Mitch because his heart was always in the right place. You know what you'd get when working with BioWheels and Mitch because he gives so much to the community - hard work, trustworthiness, and love, every time.

His work ethic in his store and in the community is hard to match and he is driven by serving the community. Mitch became a cycling buddy and a confidant over the years as we'd tell each other "retail war stories" and share in the trials of small business ownership.

Mitch is a great friend to this day and BioWheels is one of my favorite stores in all of Cincinnati. I know that like me, Mitch is a friend of so many and I am asking all of you today for help, because Mitch and his wife Kate and BioWheels need it. He has given SO MUCH to this community and now I am asking the community give back to him as he fights for his health.

Why do they need help? Please read below.

Mitch was diagnosed with Giant Cell Myocarditis in March of this year. It is an incredibly rare heart disease that very little data exists for and typically requires heart transplant for survival. He spent 6 weeks at University of Cincinnati Medical Center waiting for a heart transplant. During that time he rode an exercise bike to stay strong and pass the time. He was also put on immunosuppressive drugs which worked to put to the GCM into dormancy. He was released from the hospital and while still on the heart transplant list, it is paused for now.

In the middle of September, Mitch spiked a fever of 104 and was taken to UC ED. He quickly declined neurologically and was admitted to the CVICU. Infectious Disease doctors were shocked to finally diagnose him with West Nile Virus (also extremely rare) which in turn caused Viral Meningitis/Encephalopathy. He spent 33 days in the CVICU on a ventilator and has been transferred to Drake Rehabilitation Hospital where he will remain indefinitely.

He is still currently on the ventilator but more stable. He will need to relearn to walk, talk and regain all motor functions. There is no timeline for his recovery and there is great danger that the West Nile will reactivate the GCM and the heart transplant will be reinstated.

Mitch’s health battle has left him unable to work and will continue to do so for quite some time. He will have extremely high medical bills for the remainder of his life. That combined with a small business owners health insurance has created an insurmountable situation for Mitch and Kate to manage.

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
50 West Burger bar
7605 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH  45227
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
President CCC
5132604472 (c)
Scott Fratianne
Club Event Rides
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Hemet required. Check in at registration table required.
No Fee