This year’s Honorary Ride Leader is Tina Crownover.
Tina was diagnosed with macular degeneration of the retina when she was 19 years old. Over the years, her vision slowly and steadily declined. Today, she can only see the brightness of light.
Tina has been riding with the Harpeth Bike Club Adaptive Athletes, since the beginning of the program in 2009. She has also been a member of TNABA (Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes) since 2009, serving on the TNABA state board of directors as Secretary for 1 year and Vice Chair for 3 years. Tina has also been a member of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Blind since 2003.
Of cycling, Tina says, “I have been cycling with the Harpeth Bike Club Adaptive Athlete program from the very first year it started. The first time I rode a tandem bicycle was at the track (the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track). It was exhilarating and terrifying to be going so fast. I fell in love with cycling. Participating in this program has broadened my horizons. I have met and become friends with so many fabulous people, both blind and sighted. Being able to exercise on a regular basis can be challenging for blind and visually impaired persons. I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to get a cardio work-out and spend time outdoors.”
Tina is a licensed massage therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist. She works at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center having a private practice.
Being active is important to Tina. Along with cycling, she enjoys yoga, hiking and kayaking.