Hello Everybody, thanks for visiting.
Here we are, it’s another exciting year getting ready for the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride – from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Cyclists, 2500 of them, will ride 545 miles in seven days in June, and we’ll be trying to beat our fundraising record from last year: 16.7 million dollars. The cyclists will be supported on the ride by 600 Roadies, which include about 35 of us on motorcycles. And, like last year, we’re going to keep doing this until we put an end to AIDS and HIV.
It’s not difficult to explain why I keep coming back to this event, and why I look forward to it all year. There is nothing quite like it, in my experience. All of these thousands of people, supported by thousands of donors like you, living and working together to make a difference.
Life on the Ride is an amazing experience, it’s a moving city, embarking from the San Francisco Cow Palace at the start, moving from base camp to base camp, until everyone rides into Los Angeles a week later. The cyclists’ demonstration of physical and mental toughness is inspiring. And the Roadies work long hours to provide all the services a moving city requires.
If you have an interest in participating as a Rider or a Roadie, take the leap and sign up – I promise the experience will change the way you look at the world and your fellow humans.
And, this thing is not just for a week. The ALC staff works all year to get everything organized, the riders do arduous training rides, we fundraise all year long (fundraising is the hardest part), we all plan our logistics for the week, we make certain we are physically fit enough to get through the week.
My team, Motorcycle Safety, loves riding motorcycles, but this isn’t a nice scenic putt down our beautiful coast - it’s long days of slow riding on heavy, loaded motorcycles, and lots of standing. Our reward is getting the cyclists down the road safely, keeping them on course, providing smiles, encouragement, water, and comfort - and getting for them whatever help they need. I’ve learned that I need to be ready to say how far to lunch and the next rest stop. And because we usually have two assigned stations on the route on any given day, we get to hear, “Thank You Moto!” about four thousand times every day. I love it.
So, thanks for sharing this experience with me, and please find it in your generous heart to donate again this year. Best wishes!
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