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When it comes to discovering a vaccine to fight HIV, the hard work usually takes place in laboratories with scientists wearing lab coats.

The organizers behind the 6th Annual Action Cycling 200 next month have a different idea. The cyclists, clad in Spandex and wearing helmets, want to do their part by raising money to support the Emory Vaccine Center, home to one of the largest basic and preclinical vaccine research programs in the U.S. It was the first to put an AIDS vaccine in clinical trials.

“I want to be a part of finding a cure for AIDS with my small contribution,” says Todd Wiggins, a co-founder of the event and race director. “I also see how people get inspired by what we’re doing. We’ve created this event that is challenging and it pushes people and shows them what they are capable of.”

I talked with organizers, who launched their first Action Cycling event in 2003, for my Southern Voice sports column. The piece also includes details from a recent fund-raiser for the event by members of the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. Read the full story.

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