Thank you for joining me in this cause!
I will be riding June 3rd - June 9th, with over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists that will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
This is my second year riding and fundraising for the Los Angeles LGBT Center AIDS Life/Cycle. It is so difficult to share the experience in words, but let me take a wack at it.
They have this thing called the “Love Bubble.” Sounds super cheesy, however to be in it is extraordinary! It all started with my good friend Sal (the most exicited ALC veteran rider, when it comes to promoting and helping new riders) He introduces me to Team HotWheels and Bike Angels. Manny (with Bike Angels) allowed me to borrow a bike to train and ride for almost a year. Team HotWheels became my family. The love and support is overwhelming.
I trained hard and rode hard. Overcoming relapses and financial hardships. Where I reached out and asked for help. My new found HotWheels family, friends and loved ones helped to support me emotionally and financially.
I raised around $5,085!!!! When I started, I didn’t think I would make it to $3,000 minimum to ride. This happened on the last day before the ride earning me a 5k Jersey which I wear with pride. For the fact that we raised money to help support those living with HIV and AIDS along with stomping out the stigma....
Riding out that morning in San Francisco with thousands of riders sent chills up my spine and tears down my cheaks, as hundreds of supporters cheered us at the start of our journey. My bike broke down on the second day of the ride, and my Angel Lala came to my rescue. InCycle and Lala gave me a brand new bike to ride for the remaining five days. LOVE BUBBLE.....
I recieved love and returned love for the seven days and 545 mile journey. This was not a race, it was a spiritual journey. It was about loving and supporting each other. About being of service and developing a relationship with my higher power. The last day was the most powerful. As the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence led the candlelight vigual to the shore in Ventura.
Riding into downtown and turning the corner surprised by the thousands cheering us across the finish line gave me ugly face. I completely broke down!!! My emotions completely overwhelmed me. My sponsor and friends were there to welcome me home.
I love riding, I love giving, and AIDS LifeCycle allows me to do both. As a person living with HIV, this has become very close to my heart. It is an important part of me now.
It is my hope that you will also join me in giving to this great cause and supporting me and my friends......