We remember Bryan Kortness

Bryan Kortness at Biker’s Choice passed away on April 5th. Bryan fought for a very long time to bring the cycling community together and hosted weekly rides around the city to try to do so.  He had a huge heart and was always very positive. Bryan was an ambassador of Ride for Reading and supported our cause. Over all, Bryan was and will remain a key participant of the Nashville bike scene.

Ride for Reading remembers Bryan:

Long country roads while pedaling is only one of the things I shared with Bryan over the years.  Those rides were usually coupled with conversations that had the Nashville bicycle community in the forefront.  He dreamed of a united community that would join together for the love of the lifestyle of cycling. He drove that movement with every ride he planned and organized. His positive attitude, kindness, and warm spirit made those who knew him want to ride with him.  Bryan is already greatly missed in our community.  RIP BK.


Mathew Portell – Founder of Ride for Reading


Bryan was an eternal optimist, he loved the bike, and was a never ending advocate for safe riding and welcoming new riders into non-threatening rides. Always smiling and always reaching out to get new riders on bikes, and teaching them how to be safe and ride correctly. He consistently was a mentor and an example showing you can do what you want to do. He influenced many across multiple groups – Rest in Peace Bryan Rest in Peace 


Chris Holstein- Treasurer of Ride for Reading


On behalf of Ride for Reading, our prayers and thoughts are with his family. Bryan was a champion in our community and his amazing ability to connect us all has made a huge imprint. We are deeply sadden to see his bright light leave us, but we are also determine to continue his work and to ensure that our community continues to be united. Bryan, you are now in the finish line with all of us cheering with admiration and respect.

Juan Camilo Torres- Executive Director of Ride for Reading


There will be a memorial service for Bryan Kortness at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN, on Friday, April 10th. Visitation will take place 1pm-3pm with the memorial service beginning at 3pm.