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 on Saturday, May 4, 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? Check out our VeloCity 2018 highlights 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
  • Greg Baranco
    Baranco Automotive Group
  • Mark Becker
    Georgia State University
  • Ken Bernhardt
    Georgia State University (Retired), Grady Health Foundation Board
  • Jon Biele
    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Renay Blumenthal
    Marcus Foundation
  • Bert Brantley
    Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Steve Church
    Georgia-Pacific
  • Doug Congleton
    Georgia-Pacific
  • Kristen Cordier
    Chick-fil-A
  • Dan Corso
    Atlanta Sports Council
  • Cynthia Curry
    Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Beth Fisher
    Grady Health System
  • Darcina Garrett
    Metro Atlanta Cycling Club
  • David Hartnett
    Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Jackson Houk
    three
  • Janin Hutcheson
    Southwest Airlines
  • Tad Hutcheson
    Delta Air Lines
  • Ben Limmer
    MARTA
  • Ryan Marshall
    Pulte
  • P. Matzigkeit
    Wahoo Fitness
  • Ed McBrayer
    PATH Foundation
  • Milford McGuirt
    KPMG
  • William Pate
    Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Mike Plant
    Atlanta Braves
  • A.J. Robinson
    Central Atlanta Progress
  • Jeff Schneider
    Weissman
  • Shane Smith
    Grady Health System
  • Bill Strang
    Toto USA
  • Mary Burns Tanenblatt
    Physician
  • Dan Thornton
    Free-Flite Bicycles
  • Eric Wilson
    Heery International
  • Lori Wood
    Grady Health System

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 second annual VeloCity ride will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, taking place in downtown Atlanta. Additional 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 volunteer@velocityatlanta.com.

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. Click here for our 2019 Minor Safety Policy.

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. Check out our 2019 Bicycle Policy for a complete listing of bicycles allowed and not allowed.

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.