The Hill gives relief to cross-country cyclists

Ride for Jim
Dr. Ed Milner ’74 (center), Dr. Doug Gardner, and Dr. Jack Haar rest in the shade near the Birthplace as they pass through campus on a cross-country bycycle fund raiser benefitting Ride for Jim.
The hot summer sun did not deter a group of cyclists raising money for Ride for Jim, a fund raising cross-country tour benefitting student research for a cancer cure. Dr. Edward Milner '74, a professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a small crowd of cyclists came through campus on their way to an overnight stop in Farmville. Some members of the group began their trip in Astoria, Oregon. Dr. Milner took part in the ride's trip through central Virginia.

Ride for Jim benefits the James D. Popp Student Research Fund at VCU Massey Cancer Center, a part of the Medical College of Virginia (which, as every good alumnus knows, began as the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College in 1837).

Dr. Milner, an avid cyclist, says he plans to complete the entire cross-country trip next summer and is looking for fellow H-SC alumni to join him (

If a cross-country journey is too extreme for you, in July of 2011 John Macfarlane '76 and Bill Klein '76 will lead an H-SC cycling trip the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 470-mile trek will begin on Afton Mountain at milepost "0" and conclude at Cherokee, North Carolina. The weeklong trip will be limited to six riders. Support will be provided by the Beyond the Hill program at Hampden-Sydney.  If you are tempted, contact Bill Klein ( by no later than February 2011.