“2016 AV200, here I come!” – Rita Wuebbeler

by Lee Smith Rita Wuebbeler was so ready for last year’s AIDS Vaccine 200. She had ditched her slow hybrid for a speedier road bike, raised more than $2,000 to earn the AV200 jersey and shorts, and pushed herself hard with spin classes and training rides. Four weeks before the event, her bike slipped off a wet road at the outset of a ride, throwing her down onto the gravel. In shock and embarrassed, Wuebbeler wanted to soldier on despite cutting her face, scratching her knuckles and skinning a thigh and knee. But her friend Debra Snell insisted on taking ...

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HRC Honors Action Cycling Atlanta

HRC Honors Action Cycling Atlanta/AV200 with Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award Atlanta - Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Atlanta will honor Action Cycling Atlanta and the annual AIDS Vaccine 200 Bicycle Ride (AV200) with the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented at the annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner on May 2 at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Atlanta.  Each year, HRC Atlanta recognizes organizations and individuals who have tirelessly worked to advance equality for Atlanta’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Action Cycling Atlanta ...

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Best buddies and AV200 riders

By Lee Smith A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. Best buddies Philip Niedzwiedz and Phillip Breaux like a challenge, and in December they inspired one another to tackle this year’s AIDS Vaccine 200 ride together. Breaux first learned about the charity bike ride, and soon his good friend hopped on board, too. Niedzwiedz had just bought a used road bike to cope with his frustrating commutes from his home in Midtown Atlanta to his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It was taking me forever to get to work. It takes me half the ...

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Debra Snell is a 61-year-old top fundraiser

by Lee Smith It's hard to keep up with Debra Snell. The 61-year-old cycling enthusiast often leaves other riders in the dust when she's on her Scott CR1 Pro road bike. And fellow AIDS Vaccine 200 participants have their work cut out for them if they think they can catch up to her in fundraising. Debra's been among the top ten fundraisers for the AV200 for two years, pulling in nearly $12,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center and other beneficiaries on the charity bike ride. Along the way, Snell has grown quicker and more fit and bounced back from a biking ...

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Action Cycling Atlanta Patron Party 2015

Action Cycling Atlanta is holding a Patrons’ Party Saturday, March 28, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at a private home in Midtown Atlanta. The all-volunteer group produces the AIDS Vaccine (AV) 200 ride to benefit AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center and local AIDS service organizations. “This is an opportunity for us to thank our patrons and sponsors, because it is their support that enables us to donate 100 percent of participant proceeds to the great organizations doing AIDS research and other work related to ending the pandemic,” says Leon Morales, Action ...

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How to dress for winter cycling

Inappropriate dress is the issue not the weather. by Atlanta Cycling Layering is the key to winter cycling comfort and to changing temperatures. Keep in mind that a 20 mph riding speed or wind feels 6-8 degrees cooler. Also, avoid cotton garments which do not wick and tend to stay wet which equals ... cold. 70 degrees - add a light, short sleeve base layer under your jersey. 60-70 degrees - add Arm Warmers and a light, packable Vest as needed. Arm warmers easily slide up and down to help regulate temperature, and they are very easy to remove and stuff into a jersey ...

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WeCycle Atlanta does the bike thing

by Lee Smith You might say Shawn Walton was precocious. At 2, he climbed aboard his older brother's bike and maneuvered around without any training wheels. "I got into biking at an early age," he says. "My earliest memory is riding a bicycle." Now 29, Walton is bringing that love of cycling to the next generation as the founder and CEO of WeCycle Atlanta, a nonprofit community bike shop in southwest Atlanta that helps low-income youths earn their bikes. The Morehouse College graduate wants to show youngsters how cycling can improve their health and have an ...

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Action Cycling Atlanta Raises $1.8 Million

Annual bike ride releases this year's total and presents checks Atlanta - In twelve years since a group of cyclists formed Action Cycling Atlanta to raise awareness and support for the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University, the nonprofit has raised more than $1.8 million. All proceeds from the group’s annual 200-mile bike ride benefit AIDS vaccine research and Atlanta HIV/AIDS service organizations. This past May, the group raised $223,000 through the latest AIDS Vaccine 200 (AV200) ride; the fundraising total was announced at a recent check presentation ...

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Cycling is a journey

I was asked to write a small sentence or two talk about my thoughts on cycling….especially for the AV200.  I suppose many of us ride for different reasons: philanthropic, challenge, fundraising, togetherness, purpose.  The list could go on…… It occurred to me that riding is more than a just getting dressed in cycling gear and hammering out seemingly thousands of miles to get ready for two days of riding for a cause.  The cause is admittedly a good one, HIV/AIDS vaccine research. However, the real reason most of us ride is to put an end to AIDS! To me, riding is a ...

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Ken Mallernee

  Ken Mallernee, an attorney for Taylor English Duma, is riding in his first AV200 this year after being encouraged to do so by good friend (and this year’s Senior Ride Director) Leon Morales.  Ken has pulled out all the stops for AV200 – not only is he deeply connected to our mission and enthused about riding, Ken also serves on the AV200 Steering Committee, has gotten his firm to support our ride as a corporate sponsor, and is currently one of our top fundraisers.  Read on to learn more about Ken’s story, why this ride is important, and how he came to ...

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