About 100 riders slipped into snug Spandex, strapped on helmets and pedaled off during an early-morning start to the annual AIDS Vaccine 200 on Saturday, launching a two-day 200-mile fundraiser that benefits HIV vaccine research.
The riders returned to their starting point at the Emory School of Medicine on Sunday afternoon after a trek through North Georgia that included an overnight stop in the Oconee National Forest.
Action Cycling Atlanta, which organizes the event and smaller fundraisers during the year, has raised more than $2.2 million for HIV vaccine research since the group's inception in 2003. The group hasn't released fundraising totals from last weekend's ride – its 14th AV200 – but past events have raised as much as $280,000. The event benefits the Emory Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact Health Centers.