I’m riding my bike 545 miles in June, join me!
This will be my first year participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In June, I, along with thousands of cyclists, will cycle down the coast of California over the course of seven days. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers known as "roadies", we will have camps set up every 80 miles or so, ensuring that we can shower and sleep in preparation for the next day's ride. To participate in the ride, each rider is tasked with a fundraising goal...my personal goal is to raise $3,000. Last year ALC raised $15 million dollars!! This year we are shooting for $17 million…all of which will go directly to the cause of reducing HIV infections and improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The reason I am participating in this ride is to challenge myself physically and mentally. I want to see if I can commit to something daunting, and follow through, because I believe this is how you change your life. Signing up for AIDS/LifeCycle is my attempt at growth. It is my honest attempt to better myself in a measurable way. I hope that my journey throughout this next year inspires my peers to do the same in their own lives.
I am also participating in this ride as a student. I want to educate myself about a disease that has ravaged the community I belong to. While at times my status as a gay man has brought with it much struggle, I know in my heart that it has not only made me stronger, but better. Now is the time for me to give back. It is time for me to embrace my status as a memeber of the LGBT community, be as proud as ever, and contribute my time and energy to the community I love and am apart of.
I know that when I cross the Los Angeles finish line in June I will be a changed person. I will begin uploading more pictures as my team and I continue our weekly training rides, so please keep following me as I work towards this new goal.
Thank you for visiting my page and thank you for your support.