I first read about it through Let’s Go Ride a Bike last year (?), and after connecting with some great Nashville bikey folks from the TN Bike Summit, Tour de Nash seemed like the perfect weekend getaway to check out our state capital’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, visit some of the cool bike shops I’ve eyed from a distance, and explore a city on two wheels.
It’s funny, though: I feel like I’m going to visit new bikey family relatives. More distant, of course. In the South, many cyclists are still treated like second-class citizens on the roads. We face challenges, are very much in the minority and often task ourselves with being a face of cycling, for whatever that’s worth.
So when we run into other riders who are just as crazy and passionate about bikes and living by bike, it’s a no-brainer that we connect, talk over coffee/doughnuts/beers and trade stories. We’re most certainly a tight-knit—but welcoming—community.
Finding your bikey family is like coming home. When I moved back to Chattanooga three years ago, I was riding my Jamis Coda when I met the Breakfast on the Bridge gang. Somehow, in many ways, over the years they morphed into dear friends. Never have I met such an inspiring, supportive crowd of people who love wacky fun…and riding bikes!
So I look forward to moving my generation of the bikey family forward…to Tour de Nash. Stay tuned!