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Contributed photo by Don Luzynski / CycleBar Chattanooga is hosting a class Sept. 7 to benefit the Chattanooga Autism Center.

CycleBar Chattanooga invites locals to break a sweat and burn calories while helping to provide support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The new cycling gym is hosting a special fundraising ride to benefit the Chattanooga Autism Center Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.

"One of our rockstar members, Kendall, approached us about hosting a ride for the CAC," said Heather Smith, sales manager and assistant general manager at the East Brainerd workout facility. "We love to support our members and the causes that are near and dear to their hearts. The Chattanooga community has been so welcoming, and as a 'thank you' for the support, we want to give back to our community."

Attendees will participate in a 45-minute high-intensity, low-impact indoor cycling class led by Lead CycleStar (instructor) Nicole Ostrander.

"Her amazing energy and rockin' playlist add to the total experience of the ride," Smith said.

Participants are asked to give a $20 donation, although they are welcome to give more. All proceeds will go to the Chattanooga Autism Center to disperse how the organization sees fit based on its greatest needs, said Smith.

Resources offered by the center include an outpatient center, music program, parent support group, caregiver mentoring, intern program, events and advocacy. The organization also raises awareness in the region about autism, according to its website.

Because of the limited number of seats available for the class, participants are asked to reserve a bike through CycleBar's website. Members can register as they would for a normal class. New riders will need to create an account to make a reservation.

Attendees should wear workout clothes (leggings or bike shorts are recommended) and bring a water bottle and socks to wear with the provided shoes. Participants are asked to arrive at 9:40 a.m. to allow for proper bike setup and pre-ride instruction.

CycleBar is at 2372 Lifestyle Way, Suite 162. Accounts and class booking may be completed online at cyclebar.com/location/chattanooga. Text any questions to 602-7153.

To learn more about Chattanooga Autism Center, visit the organization's website at chattanoogaautismcenter.org.

Email Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com.

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