Monday, March 16, 2015

You Are Invited - Second Annual Vol State Cycling Classic Ride May 2

Bike riding season is coming up quickly and we have a great way for people to enjoy a ride in beautiful Sumner County and raise money for student scholarships. It’s the second annual Vol State Cycling Classic, organized by the Vol State College Foundation. It will be held on Saturday, May 2 and features three different rides, depending on ability and interest.

“This is an event for the whole family,” said Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner. “We’ll have a longer ride for experienced cyclists, and two shorter rides for folks who are new to biking. Last year we had entire families participating. Everyone can enjoy the party and music we have at the finish line.”

There will be a 15 mile Fitness Tour; a 33 mile Half Metric Century Tour; and a 61 mile Metric Century Tour. The tours will start and finish on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. There will be rest stops along the way for food, hydration, first aid and restrooms. The Metric Century Tour will leave at 8 a.m. The Half Metric will depart at 8:30 a.m. and the Fitness Tour will get underway at 9 a.m.

The after-ride event at the college will feature barbecue, beverages and live music. Changing facilities and showers will also be available at the college. The ride cost is $35 before April 30 and $45 after that date. Riders will get a t-shirt and a goody bag. Only riders who sign up by April 15 are guaranteed to receive a shirt in their size of preference. Route maps for each tour and a link to the registration page can be found at www.volstate.edu/cycling.

Sponsors for the ride thus far include Biker’s Choice, Courier Printing, Cresent Enterprises, Keystone Business Solutions, Road ID and Smucker’s Uncrustables. There are still opportunities for sponsorships. For more information about the ride and sponsorships contact the Vol State College Foundation at 615-230-3506 or email lynn.jones@volstate.edu.

There is a Vol State cycling group getting ready for the ride. Riders of all abilities are welcome to join them in some gentle training. It's led by Chrysa Malosh and they will meet each Monday at 5 p.m. in the Warf Parking lot when the weather is good.

Pictured: The Biker’s Choice bike store team participated in the Metric Century Ride last year. Left to right: Chris Cooper, Jason Chatham, Josh Cook, Scott Marx, Craig Evans, Chris Wilson, and Mark Whitley.

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