Riders pedal through Georgia to fight for HIV vaccine

More than 150 cyclists slipped into their Spandex and pedaled from Atlanta to middle Georgia and back this weekend to raise money for HIV non-profits and to find a vaccine.

The 17th Annual AIDS Vaccine 200 kicked off early Saturday morning at the Emory School of Medicine for a 200-mile ride to Eatonton. Riders returned from their trip on Sunday for a much-deserved closing party at Emory.

While the ride ended Sunday, the participants will continue fundraising through June, and the total amount raised will be announced at a check presentation party this summer. In the 16 years before, the event has raised nearly $3 million to benefit Emory Vaccine Center, AID Atlanta, AIDS Athens, Jerusalem House, Positive Impact Health Centers and Hero For Children. All funds raised by the riders go to the beneficiaries.

Want more riders with a cause? Check out our photos from AV200 in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Photos by Russ Youngblood