Club officers are elected to one year terms. Newly elected officers take office January 1 of each year.
President, Dr. Hunter Norris
Dr. Hunter Norris, President of the Highland Rim Bike Club lives in Tullahoma with his wife Amy and 2 toy fox terrier dogs Roscoe and Chaco. Hunter originally grew up in Chattanooga attending college at UT Knoxville, medical school at UT Memphis, followed by an eye surgery residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. He arrived in Tullahoma to work for the Eye Care Center in 1991. He has raised 6 children here locally thru the Tullahoma High School and the Webb School in Bell Buckle. He participated with them in Tullahoma Youth Soccer, Soap Box Derby, Little League Baseball and Softball.
Hunter Norris’ love of cycling originated even before adolescence as he always had a bike in the garage. More recently in middle age due to health problems he has rediscovered cycling as a way to reduce medications and improve his lupus condition. Since 2011 his physical fitness passion has evolved into participating in triathlons with over 56 Sprint, Olympic, and 5 Half Ironman events. He enjoys mentoring other athletes with similar interest in triathlons. In 2017 he completed the rigorous Kentucky Cycling Challenge completing 5 century rides over a 5 month period in different cities across the state of Kentucky.
Joining the Highland Rim Bike Club has been a natural fit for Hunter that has taken his cycling to the next level with the camaraderie of other riding enthusiasts as well as learning of new safer bike routes in our area. He has shown an interest also in the community service aspect of the club with organizing the Adopt-a-highway litter collection, Rotary Bike Donation program, and the Ride of Silence.
Treasurer, Chris Porter
Chris Porter, Treasurer of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club, lives in Tullahoma with his wife Veronica and his Specialized Tarmac bike. Chris grew up in England, and after completing university with a degree in mechanical engineering, emigrated to Canada in 1977. Then after several adventures in Canada, including meeting his wife and having three great kids, in 1995 he was invited to come to Tullahoma to help develop Sverdrup’s international wind tunnel business.
In 2006 Chris began his cycling experiences in and around Tullahoma by following old ERV100 road markings, without knowing what a significant effect they were going to have on his life. He participated in his first ERV100 ride in 2008 and has been an active member of the HRBC ever since. After taking part in multiple century rides, both local and far afield, Chris was pleased in 2022 to help organize the first post-Covid ERV100 ride, and take on the role of club treasurer.
Ride Captain, Denny Elston
Denny Elston, Ride Captain of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club lives in Tullahoma with his wife, Joann. Denny is a strong cyclist and knows our neck of the woods; you would think he grew up here but he grew up in the mid-west. While on group rides he can change the route along the way at a moment’s notice. Of all the officers, Denny has been a member of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club the longest, where he has served in numerous capacities. Denny commands a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cycling, and we are honored that he is the Ride Captain for the Highland Rim Bicycle Club.
Vice President, Michael Roberts
Thanks to a remote work opportunity, Michael and family moved back to Tennessee in 2022 to be closer to relatives. Tullahoma has far more hills than their previous home of New Orleans, so Michael struggled mightily to adapt to riding in “the north.” Thanks to the kind instruction of patient co-riders in the Highland Rim Bicycle Club, Michael finally learned to keep up.
The Club has proved a valuable connection point for Michael to Tullahoma and the surrounding area, and he has hit new riding milestones by participating in rides and events. In fact, the 2022 ERV (the metric century) was the longest he had ever ridden.
Michael was happy to volunteer to help out with maintaining and updating the website.