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Cycling Classic Fundraiser Set for May 3

Vol State Cycling Classic logoA bicycle ride through Sumner County can be more than just enjoyable; it can also raise money to help students achieve their college dream. The inaugural Vol State Cycling Classic, organized by the Vol State College Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 3. The bike event will raise money for student scholarships at Volunteer State Community College. 

“This is a fun event that combines healthy, physical activity for everyone, with an opportunity to support student scholarships at Vol State,” said Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner. “The routes will provide some of the most scenic cycling in Middle Tennessee, not to mention a great after-ride party for participants.”

The Cycling Classic is intended for the entire family to enjoy.  There will be a 15 mile Fitness Tour; a 32 mile Half Metric Century Tour; and a 63 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 event is part of the Gran Tour Series Cup sponsored by Biker’s Choice Bicycle Shop. There will be prizes for participation in the Gran Tour and the awarding of “Strava King” and “Queen of the Mountain” winners.

The after-ride event at the college will feature barbecue, beverages of many types and live music. Changing facilities will also be available at the college. The ride cost is $35 before April 25 and $40 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. Route maps for each tour and a link to the registration page can be found at www.volstate.edu/cycling.

Bikers Choice and Crescent Furniture are two of the sponsors for the ride. There are still opportunities for other 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.

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