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!

All rides once again will start on the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and we invite all participants and their supporters to join us after the ride for the VeloCity Finish Line Festival at the brand new The Home Depot Backyard! There will be food, drinks (adult and non-alcoholic), live music, a kids zone, expo and so much more! 

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
    Koch Enterprises
  • Doug Congleton
    Georgia-Pacific
  • Kristen Cordier
    Chick-fil-A
  • Dan Corso
    Atlanta Sports Council
  • Tom Cross
    LifeLine
  • Cynthia Curry
    Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Beth Fisher
    Grady Health System
  • Darcina Garrett
    Metro Atlanta Cycling Club
  • David Hartnett
    Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Jackson Houk
    three
  • Stephanie Hudson
    Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
  • 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 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ending at The Home Depot Backyard in downtown Atlanta, VeloCity offers four distances to choose from ranging from a closed course City Ride to a scenic 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, with routes starting on the field in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and finishing at the brand-new The Home Depot Backyard, adjacent to the stadium. Indoor cycling sessions will be held at The Home Depot Backyard. After the ride, you can stay around to enjoy our Finish Line Festival featuring live music, food, drinks, activities for kids and an expo. It’s fun for the whole family!

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! VOLUNTEER NOW →

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
  • Neonatal 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 City Ride will be a closed course, we do not recommend letting children under six, 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?

If you are participating in the City Ride, bike rentals will be available at the start line from Relay Bike Share and Uber JUMP bikes. To reserve a bike in advance, please reach out to nick@velocityatlanta.com. For information on renting bikes to ride on the 25-, 62-, or 100-mile route please check out this list of rental options from our awesome partner, atlantabike.org/rentals.

How do I know which route is best for me?

All routes are achievable with the proper amount of training and physical preparation. 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, but note that our courses close at 5:00 pm. We recommend that you consider the start time of every ride to be sure that you can finish before then. 

What is the total elevation profile for each route?

Elevation data and downloadable GPS files can be found using the Ride with GPS link for each route. Please note, that you may see slight variations in distance and elevation from one GPS device to another. Routes are also subject to change slightly due to any unexpected construction or other unavoidable conditions.

What time does the ride start?

Each route has a designated start time. We want to encourage riders to plan to arrive at Mercedes-Benz Stadium one hour before their start time.
100-mile 7:30 am
62-mile 8:30 am
25-mile 9:30 am
City Ride 9:45 am
Indoor cycling sessions will be held between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the top of each hour. Sessions are 45 minutes.

Can I change my route?

If you decide you would like to ride a distance different than what you originally registered for, please contact support@velocityatlanta.com.

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, medical 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 City Ride will be closed. For a list of safety tips, visit Georgia Bikes

What is included with my rider registration fee?

In addition to our fully supported ride, you will receive:

  • Participant goody bag including our 2019 participant t-shirt
  • Pre-ride breakfast
  • Pre-ride bike tune-up
  • Food and drinks at the VeloCity Finish Line Festival (including free beer and wine for participants 21 and older)
  • Live music
  • And much, much more!

Can I change my registration information such as email address, t-shirt size or distance?

Yes. Please contact us at support@velocityatlanta.com for any changes to your registration.

Is my registration fee refundable if I'm unable to ride for any reason?

No. Your registration fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Can I rollover my registration fee and fundraising commitment to next year if my plans change/I get injured?

Registration fees are non-refundable. You can contact support@velocityatlanta.com for more information.

Is my registration transferrable?

No. Your registration fee is non-transferable for safety reasons, you may not allow another person to ride in VeloCity in your place under any circumstances. For more information contact support@velocityatlanta.com.

What is the minimum fundraising commitment for my route?

Fundraising goals have been suggested based on the ride you choose to participate in and we encourage all our participants to raise as much money as they can for Grady Hospital! We do suggest fundraising levels for each of our routes.
Indoor cycling: $100
City Ride: $100
25-mile: $250
62-mile: $250
100-mile: $500

How do I get started on my fundraising?

The first step after registering is to set up your personal fundraising page (you will receive a link to do so when you register to ride). Once you have done so it is easy to let your friends and family know about your commitment to VeloCity and Grady Hospital. For help reaching your personal fundraising goal, please email andrew@velocityatlanta.com.

If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donation?

If for some reason you choose not to ride, any funds donated by you or others will still go to Grady's lifesaving care. Donations are non-refundable.

Where Should I Stay?

VeloCity has partnered with the Omni Hotel CNN Center to provide discounted rooms that are conveniently located less than a 15-minute walk from the start and finish lines. There are a limited number of rooms available, starting at $133 per night. Reservations must be made by April 9 to take advantage of this special rate. Book your room right away, before these discounted rooms are all taken.