CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - In Myers Park thousands of riders pedaling hundreds of miles throughout the night - all sharing one common goal.
Plenty of cold bottles of water and ice can be found around the course Friday night. Although it may be one of the hottest events in recent years, riders said the struggle is well worth the reward.
"Pretty easy to raise money, unfortunately everyone has been touched by cancer," one participant said.
They sped off in the evening sun, ready to ride hundreds of miles.
"I actually teach a spin class so I train probably three or four times a week,' another said.
They're training for the endurance event, where hitting the road raises millions towards the fight against cancer.
"I started riding when my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and she passed away in 2009, and I came out here and rode 100 miles in her memory the day after her funeral," another said.
But this year, Jen Lynch has one more loved one riding on her back. Her mother also passed away this year.
The miles logged out on the course may be tough, but it's nothing compared to battling cancer.
"I am really healthy so it's easy for me to go out there and ride and ride and ride and the heat is not as bad once you start going on the bicycle and it's nice and shady on the course."
"When I went to the hospital just yesterday to visit her I mean she has tubes, she has oxygen tanks, she struggles just to walk to the bathroom so when I think about that I saw you know what, this is heat. My legs may be hurting but at least I am not dealing with some of the things she is dealing with."
As friends cheer on Angela Stevenson, she had thousands of other riders are reminded on each lap the reason for pedaling and pushing forward.
"Everyone out there cheering and they are all cheering for you."
Riders told FOX 46 Charlotte Friday is probably the easiest the event will be because the sun is down there are cooler temperatures. Saturday is another story, since the finish isn't until 7 p.m.