Once again, I am doing my part to End AIDS!
. . . but this year (ALC 2018) from a different angle . . . I am going to be a Training Ride Leader (before the ride) and a Roadie (during the ride)
From June 3 - 9, 2018, I will be supporting riders as part of AIDS/LifeCycle. This 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raises funds that make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
2 years ago was the first time in 7 years when I did the ride. Well, most of the ride, except for one day when medical told me to rest after getting heat exhaustion the day before.
I have been involved with this event for the past 10 years. In 2008 and 2009 I did the full ride. After that, I spent the next 5 years as a Training Ride Leader (TRL), helping train others to do the ride. And last year I did the ride.
This will be my first time involved as a "roadie". Roadies support the ride making it possible for all the 2500 riders to just focus on riding. Roadies provide all the support and logistics needed to make the ride happen. From staffing the Rest Stops and Lunch, setting up camps, marking the route, transporting gear, providing support on the road (SAG trucks, "moto", medical, bike tech, emergency support). I have signed up for "bike parking". Not as glamorous as some of the other tasks, but a place that almost all the riders will visit twice a day: at the beggining of the day to pick-up their bike, at the end of the day to park their bike. All these crews work long and hard through out the week. This ride takes a great deal of physical stamina, dedication and time. But all of this is minor compared to the struggles of those living with AIDS and HIV.
This ride is a awareness raising event, as well as fund raising. As over 2500 riders make their way from SF to LA, we are a visible reminder to the communities we ride through of the efforts to find positive ways to deal with AIDS and HIV. In order to ride, each rider must raise at least $3000. Although some of this goes to pay for the actual ride, more than 50% of these funds go directly to SF AIDS/Foundation and LA Gay Lesbian Health Services and their programs to help those living with AIDS and HIV.
There are so many ways to help make the world be a better place. Please support me in my effort to do my small part: make a donation to AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
rider #: 1558