What is a "Veloteer?"
Derived from Velox and Volunteer: Velox is a Latin word meaning swift or rapid, and used by the French to describe an early bicycle called the velocipede. Velo is now a common prefix for bicycle related subjects; Tennesseans are referred to as Volunteers, a nickname given to us by others who admired the volunteering spirit of Tennesseans in such wars as the Battle of 1812 and the Battle of the Alamo. We still proudly carry this nickname.
The Veloteers Bicycle Club is a non-profit organization serving cyclists in Wilson and East Davidson counties. Our mission is to promote interest, educate and encourage fun and safe bicycling in all forms. Established in 2003, we offer a full ride calendar April-September, and weekend rides during the off-season. Our special events include rides on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. We end each year with a holiday gathering and celebrate the ride season with an annual ride and picnic.
In addition to our regular club rides, the Veloteers and Historic Watertown host the Big Hill Challenge. BHC offers rides for all levels of cyclists and includes some of the most beautiful and challenging routes nestled in pastoral countryside. Through BHC, we are able to fund bicycling initiatives with the Veloteers Grant Fund.