The Ride

 

av200_the_ride

The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a fun and rewarding two-day 200-mile ride to raise money for the Emory Vaccine Center and other Atlanta-area organizations that provide services for persons affected by HIV/AIDS. The 2-day ride takes place in May each year. More than 150 cyclists and an army of volunteers complete the ride each year.

The ride begins on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta and passes through several small, Georgia towns until cyclists arrive at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center located north of Eatonton, Georgia in the Oconee National Forest. Cyclists and volunteers lodge Saturday night in cabins located alongside the edge of Rock Eagle’s 110-acre (45 ha) lake. Cyclists choose several different mileage options and can customize the length of the ride to their ability levels.

The full ride entails back-to-back century rides, 100 miles (160 km) each day for a total of 200 miles (320 km). Cyclists may also choose a shorter 80-mile (130 km) route for a total of 160 miles (260 km). A third option is for cyclists to form relay squads of up to 5 riders. The squad then divides the 100-mile (160 km) distance each day into relay segments as long as each cyclist wishes to ride. The ride follows country roads across rural areas and rolling hills as riders pass through several small, Georgia towns including Stone Mountain, Jersey, Social Circle, and Godfrey.

Ride dates are May 20-21, 2017

Your dedication and support as a volunteer or rider raises important funds for AIDS vaccine research. The registration fee covers a large portion of the expenses required to produce this event. This event is produced by volunteers and the organizing committee is dedicated to securing sponsors to underwrite as many of the event expenses as possible allowing us to give 100% of funds raised to our beneficiaries. Included for you are an event t-shirt, rider support, pit stops with drinks and snacks, and meals during the ride as well as accommodations Saturday night at Rock  Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA.

If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring this event, please email us at info@actioncycling.org or direct them to view the sponsorship packet here.