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Club VIBES Teams Ride in Nashville


Reported by Marian Wildgruber

On Saturday, June 21, four Club VIBES tandem teams rode in the 19th Annual Harpeth River Ride outside of Nashville.  The Harpeth Bicycle Club is very active in the adaptive athlete and Wounded Warrior programs.  Our teams joined dozens of other adaptive athletes following special guest Levi Leipheimer,  pro cyclist, leading off the ride to the cheers of the 1500 other  participants.

The Harpeth River Ride  offers four choices for riders; twenty-five, forty-five, sixty and one hundred mile routes that are marked and supported by volunteers with  food and drink at rest stops. Rescue vehicles patrol the routes, and a hot lunch waits at the finish  line. We felt very honored and supported all along  the way. 

I’m a VIBES-newbie, and I had the privilege to have James East as my pilot.  We completed the 45-mile route, along with Sue Buckley and Leah Smith.  Tandem-sensations, Valerie  Kuentz and David  Hoffman, and Greg Miller and Tim Jones showed their stuff on the  100-mile course.  The entire VIBES contingency came home happy, tired and stylin’ in their new club jerseys. 

I recommend that anyone interested in participating in an event ride give this one a try. 

It was well-organized and supported and had a positive, fun atmosphere.  

See you there next  year! 

2014 Harpeth


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