About

VeloCity is Atlanta’s newest cycling event.

Building on the incredible success of our inaugural ride, this fully-supported fundraising ride will be held for the second year in the spring of 2019.

Featuring multiple distances for riders of all abilities, VeloCity brings cyclists and the community together to support one of our city’s most important institutions. Grady Hospital is there for all of us — and participating in VeloCity is a way we can all be there for Grady!

Want to learn more about our event and why you should ride for Grady? Check out our VeloCity video!

Why Grady?

Atlanta literally would not be here without Grady. For over 125 years, the hospital has been there when Atlanta needed it the most – saving lives, training the next generation of doctors, and conducting cutting-edge research that impacts patient care here at home and throughout the world.

None of us knows if or when we, our family, friends or co-workers might need Grady’s lifesaving services. But by participating in VeloCity, you will help to make sure it is there, ready to provide lifesaving care.

The funding raised by participants of VeloCity goes directly to support:

  • The Marcus Trauma Center, North Georgia’s only nationally-verified, Level I Trauma Center
  • Atlanta’s only nationally-accredited burn center, one of only two in the state
  • The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, which is internationally recognized for setting new standards of lifesaving care
  • A neonatal intensive care unit that is relied upon by over 40 Georgia counties to save the youngest lives
  • One of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive treatment and research centers for HIV/AIDS
  • The Correll Cardiac Center and Georgia’s first Cancer Center of Excellence
  • The world’s first 24/7 sickle cell center
  • Training for the next generation of doctors – one of four doctors practicing in Georgia did at least part of their training at Grady

These are just a few of the ways that Grady is here for Atlanta. We can all be there for Grady by being part of VeloCity. So sign up to ride, volunteer or make your donation today!

Leadership

VeloCity is the result of the vision and hard work of numerous corporate, philanthropic and community leaders committed to Grady including:

Honorary Chair

Jim Kennedy
Chairman, Cox Enterprises

Co-Chairs

  • Thomas Dimitroff
    General Manager, Atlanta Falcons
  • John Gregg
    President and CEO, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Gregory Baranco
    Owner, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead
  • Mark Becker
    President, Georgia State University
  • Ken Bernhardt
    Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus, Georgia State University
  • Jon Biele
    Managing Director Equity Capital Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Bert Brantley
    COO, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Steve Church
    Senior Director Communications and Public Affairs, Georgia-Pacific
  • Dan Corso
    President, Atlanta Sports Council
  • Steve Cousins
    Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Board Member
  • Julia Emmons
    Former Executive Director, Peachtree Road Race
  • Beth Fisher
    Event EMS Director, Grady Health System
  • Darcina Garrett
    Chief of Staff, Metro Atlanta Cycling Club
  • Todd Gray
    Director Supplier Diversity, Grady Health System
  • David Hartnett
    Chief Economic Development Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Michael Hertz
    Executive Vice President, United Distributors
  • Jackson Houk
    Managing Partner, three
  • Tad Hutcheson
    Vice President, Community Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Becky Katz
    Chief Bicycle Officer, City of Atlanta
  • P. Matzigkeit
    CFO, Wahoo Fitness
  • Milford McGuirt
    Managing Partner, KPMG
  • William Pate
    President and CEO, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Mike Plant
    President Development, Atlanta Braves
  • Philip Rafshoon
    Director of Member Engagement, Midtown Alliance
  • Brent Ragsdale
    CFO, Chick-fil-A
  • Dr. Peter Rhee
    Chief of Trauma, Grady Health System
  • Chris Riley
    Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor Nathan Deal
  • J. Robinson
    President, Central Atlanta Progress
  • Jeff Schneider
    Shareholder, Weissman
  • Rebecca Serna
    Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
  • Shane Smith
    District Manager Event EMS Operations, Grady Health System
  • Bill Strang
    President of Operations and Ecommerce, Toto USA
  • Stephanie Stuckey
    Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Dan Thornton
    President and Owner, Free-Flite Bicycles
  • Dawn Whaley
    President, Sharecare
  • Eric Wilson
    Senior Associate, Heery International

FAQs

What is VeloCity?

VeloCity (pronounced velo - city) is a fundraising ride benefitting Grady Hospital. Starting and ending in downtown Atlanta, VeloCity offers four distances to choose from ranging from a 5-miles closed course city ride to a 100-mile route as well as indoor cycling VeloCity is a ride, not a race, so you can go at your own pace. All routes are fully supported with rest stops and support vehicles.

When and where will VeloCity be held?

The inaugural VeloCity ride was held on Saturday, May 5, with routes starting in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ending at the Georgia International Plaza. Indoor cycling sessions will be held at Georgia International Plaza, as will the pre-ride celebration on Friday, May 4. Details for 2019 will be announced soon.

How can I participate?

There are four great ways to participate in VeloCity:

Ride

Choose your distance or sign up for indoor cycling! All riders pay a registration fee and are encouraged to raise funds for Grady Hospital. REGISTER NOW →

Sponsor

Sponsorships ensure that 100% of participant fundraising goes directly to Grady to support patient care. A range of opportunities are available. For information contact Joselyn Baker.

Donate

Make a donation in support of a participant, team or simply as a way to support Grady and it’s lifesaving care. DONATE NOW →

Volunteer

Don't want to ride? You can still be part of the fun as a volunteer! It takes hundreds of volunteers to make VeloCity happen from setting up for the ride to cheering participants along the way! For information about 2019 volunteer opportunities contact Andrew Roden.

Are there any age restrictions?

Any children under 16 must be with a parent or a responsible adult. Longer distances (over 25-miles) are typically not suitable for children under 12. While the 5-mile city ride will be a closed course, we do not recommend letting children under 6 ride independently ride.

Will the beneficiary remain the same from year to year or will it change?

VeloCity was established to raise funds for Grady Hospital and will continue to support Grady's lifesaving care.

What are examples of Grady Hospital programs that will benefit from VeloCity?

Atlanta literally would not be here without Grady. And none of us know when we, our family, friends or co-workers might need the incredible care that Grady provides. By participating in VeloCity, you will raise much-needed funds that will go directly to patient care and support programs such as:

  • The metro Atlanta region’s premier level 1 trauma center
  • Georgia’s first Cancer Center of Excellence
  • Nationally recognized stroke and cardiac centers
  • Neonative intensive care relied upon by more than 40 counties throughout the state
  • One of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive treatment centers for advanced HIV/AIDS - The world's first 24/7 sickle cell center

How old do I need to be to participate in VeloCity?

Any children under 16 must be with a parent or a responsible adult. Longer distances (over 25-miles) are typically not suitable for children under 12. While the 5-mile city ride will be a closed course, we do not recommend letting children under 6, or those still using training wheels, ride independently.

Can I ride a recumbent or tandem bicycle?

Most bikes, including recumbent (with flag), tandem and hand cycles are allowed. Unicycles, tag-a-longs, and bikes with training wheels are allowed for the city ride only. Motorized vehicles, wheelchairs, and tricycles are not allowed on any of our routes.

Are pets allowed on the routes?

No. For the safety of all cyclists, pets are not allowed to accompany a rider.

What if I don't own a bike but want to participate?

For information on renting bikes visit atlantabike.org.

How do I know which route is best for me?

All routes are achievable with the proper amount of training and physical preparation and we encourage you to match this with your ability and determination. You may want to consider consulting a health professional to help determine the best route for you.

How fast do I need to be?

VeloCity is a ride, not a race and safety is our number one priority. All participants should ride at their own pace.

What is the total elevation profile for each route?

Elevation data can be found using the Ride with GPS link for each route. Please note, routes are subject to change slightly due to any unexpected construction or other unavoidable conditions.

What kind of support is provided on the route?

Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles will track riders on all four routes and provide support as needed. Rest stops will be located every 10 to 12 miles and include hydration, snacks, mechanical support, and restrooms.

What do I need to know about rider safety and rules of the road?

Safety is the number one priority for VeloCity. First and foremost, all riders are required to wear a helmet. VeloCity is a Rules of the Road ride, meaning the roads are open to car traffic and all riders are required to follow the same laws as vehicles/drivers (e.g., stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, signal when passing). For added safety, the 5-mile city ride will be closed-course.
For a list of safety tips, visit GDOT rules of the road.