Last updated on March 23, 2016
By: Preston Neal, Staff Writer
Volunteer State Community College is hosting its third annual Vol State Cycling Classic at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, and will consist of three tours, each beginning on Vol State campus and going through Sumner County.
The purpose of the Cycling Classic is to raise money for student scholarships.
The event will begin with the Metric Century Tour, which will cover 63 miles.
At 8:15a.m, the Half Metric Tour, 33 miles in length, will depart at 8:15a.m.
The Fitness Tour, which is 15 miles, departs at 8:30a.m.
Returning cyclists can expect some variations to the usual routes due to road closings.
According to Debra M. Daugherty, Director of Development, full maps of the routes will be made available in the near future. In order to participate, registration is required. This can be done by going to www.active.com or via www.volstate.edu/cycling.
Registration requires a fee of either $40 in advance or $45 by May 13 or 14. Vol State students, faculty, and staff will receive a $10 discount.
Each cyclist will need to bring their own personal bicycle.
Those who register in advance are guaranteed a free tour t-shirt.
The tours will feature rest stops with complimentary water and snacks, provided by various organizations. Helpers will be riding in trucks closely behind the cyclists, in case of any accidents.
“We have to think about the safety of the riders at all times,” said Daugherty.
Each year has had more cyclists than the last, with 2015 reporting 175 participants, according to Daugherty.
There will also be a post-tour party featuring barbeque, beverages and live music performed by Vol State students. First-aid and restrooms will also be available.
For those who may be interested in participating, but are not already a cyclist, or just want to get in shape for the tours, are advised to join Vol State’s Pedaling Pioneers.
The Pioneers go on group rides twice every week, leaving from the main campus.
Rides accommodate cyclist of every level, from beginner to advanced.
No experience is necessary to join.
Anyone interested in joining The Pioneers may contact Coach Chrysa Malosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.