AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, or in this case a single pedal stroke...and it's 545 miles, but who's counting?
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AchievementsNo Badges Have Been Earned
We're on our way
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Mr. Mark Steffen
BearDance: BLOWOFF Tips
Megan & Greg
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The "PET MY BEARD" project debut
Carl and Jay
G. Scott Mills
Kenneth Denson and Gabriel Mendez
Mr. Christopher Allan Bride
Jim and Marie Johnson
John Wells & Rook Flint
Mr. David Wolverton
Adam & Carl
Mr. JAY CORWIN MCKINLEY II
Bruce Reeves & Mario Moreno
Mikel & Brian
34 Albion St
Dominic in Sydney
Broc A Little
David and Jonathon
Matthew & Martin
Charles L Key
Walter & Family
Jon and TJ
Mr. David Derpich
David and Jonathon Leslie-Quam
Melissa, Luca and Andrew Tristan
Karla M. Garcia
Jessica "Jubilee" Steele
It had been at least 10 years since I had ridden a bike farther than around the block. It had been close to 20 years since I did any serious bicycling. Now I'm getting out and riding my bike with increasing frequency. So why the sudden return? The answer is simply that I found a very good reason.
I'm Riding to End AIDS
From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. This disease knows no race, creed, class, sexuality, or gender. It affects everyone and it needs to be stopped.
Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
My Personal Web Log
I'll try anything once, twice if I like it...
I'm so stoked, by the amazing experience I had this year and all the good we did that I'm going to do it all over again!
So check out my new page for AIDS/LifeCycle 2014 at http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/ChrisvsHIV
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We did it! With everyone's support I raised over $8000.
My team, New Bear Republic, came close to raising half a million dollars.
AIDS/LifeCycle as a whole raised over $14.2 million.
That is an amazing amount of generosity and will make a huge difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections.
It's all getting started...
I'm here in California and the start of the ride is barely a day away. but it doesn't stop here!
You can follow along as I post thoughts, pictures, and videos from the road. You can even track me as I ride along!
The easiest way to keep track of me is on Facebook at http://facebook.com/christopher.bride
You can also follow the New Bear Republic team page at http://facebook.com/newbearrepublic
One week and 545 miles to go...
In just 1 short week, I will be jumping on my bike in San Francisco and headed towards Los Angeles. The packing has started, the excitement is building, and I'm making that last push towards my goal to raise as much as I can.
With that in mind, if you are planning to donate and haven't yet, now is the time. There are just a few short days left until the ride, so now would be a great time to click that donate link. It's quick, it's painless, you can even make your donation in installments. I promise you'll feel great having done it and knowing you have made a difference.
Perhaps more importantly, I would like to hear from any of you who have loved ones who are living with HIV/AIDS or have lost their battle. I would like to hear their stories and carry their names with me on the ride, because ultimately this is the reason I am doing this. I ride to honor the people affected and do everything I can so this epidemic goes no further. You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your attention, and thank you so very much for your kind thoughts and words.
One Month To Go!
In just one month, I will be getting on my bike and riding towards Los Angeles.
After months of preparing and training, I can't believe the time is almost here!
Busy March Update
Happy Easter! All is well here in Dallas, if slightly damp.
This has been quite an exciting month full of new stuff. I've invited people to pet my beard, traveled to San Francisco, had some awesome photos taken, commuted to work by bicycle, and gotten some new team cycling duds.
The pet my beard idea started as a joke. I have been getting a lot of comments and compliments about my beard from all sorts of people and started to kid that I was going to charge people to touch it. Then I realized, why not? I could turn the attention I was getting for my beard into attention for AIDS/LifeCycle, and so the pet my beard project was born. I had a t-shirt made and in the one day I've worn it in public, gathered nearly $150 in donations. Not bad for chronically forgetting to shave.
Commuting to work is something I am working towards doing more often. So far I have made it happen once, but my goal is to be doing it at least 3 days a week before the ride starts. It's a 26 mile journey one way, so I have to plan plenty of time for the days I do it and be prepared to deal with less than friendly motorists that don't like putting down their cell phones or sharing the road with other vehicles. Long story short: Be nice. Share the road. Don't use your phone while driving.
My trip to San Francisco to visit family and see friends was amazing. Much of it surrounded just enjoying the company of people I love, but I did happen to schedule my visit to coincide with Donovan Whitehurst's Super! party celebrating his birthday and raising funds for the ride. With the special event going on, several members of my team, New Bear Republic!, were also in the city for the weekend. And what happens when we are in the same place? We ride together. To prove it I even recorded our ride and put together a little video, go watch it at http://youtu.be/QdsregVrO-A and marvel at the beautiful scenery we rode in.
The photos I will talk more about later. In another post. It's part of a larger project the whole team is doing and deserves extra attention. In the mean time, enjoy the beautiful new photo I am now using on my fundraising page.
Finally, New Bear Republic! has jerseys! Mr. Ray Kampf kindly donated is time and design skills to present us with the beautiful graphics we are using. We sent the designs to a manufacturer and the whole team had been waiting with baited breath for the jerseys to arrive. They finally did and we couldn't be more pleased. I modeled mine here: http://youtu.be/LCV4-mrxlV0
As you see, a lot of stuff happened in March. Next month should be exciting as well. Dallas area folks should be sure to stay hungry, because in April I need you to eat for me.
The Power Of The Beard Compels You!
Thank you so much to all the great folks who responded to the debut of my new t-shirt and accepted the invitation to "PET MY BEARD" and donate.
I have been letting my beard grow for a few months now, and it has become a dominating feature on my face. A combination of genetics and regular conditioner makes it quite soft. Some people have noticed this and love to touch my beard. One day this gave me an idea.
A couple weeks ago I had a t-shirt made that simply says:
Donate to AIDS/LifeCycle
I knew this weekend would be busy with lots of out of town visitors so I put it aside and waited. My patience was rewarded and everyone I met loved my new shirt, would pet my beard, and was eager to learn more and in many cases donate a few dollars to the cause. In total, I collected $135 in cash from people who were inspired to contribute.
Thank you so very much. I am humbled by the strength of the response and the generosity of strangers who just saw me, my beard, and my t-shirt out and about this weekend. Expect to see me out again in the near future inviting everyone to pet my beard and donate.
Welcome Bears and Cubs!
You may have just come here because you saw my flyer in the run bag at TBRU, or I talked to you personally. Regardless, thank you very much for taking the time to check out my page, and hopefully donate!
January...umm, make that mid February update.
I'll freely admit it. I've gotten a little distracted and lazy. I haven't sent an update in a while, but I'm back!
Here's what's been up lately:
I was bribing people into donating by giving away gift cards I had collected. Scott Mills, "anonymous", Charles Key, and Jon Sofley all have gotten picked at random for a special thank you. I appreciate you all and am very thankful for your thoughts and support. Random chance just made me like them a little more.
I travelled to Austin and spent the weekend at the home of Jack Landers and Mike Hall, my gracious hosts and teammates. Their generosity in allowing my little home invasion gave me a much needed change of scenery and a chance to get to know them better.
Friday of that weekend, Jack, myself, and our fellow teammate from San Antonio, Alex Darke took a nice long training ride. We rode up and down some decent hills, had lunch in the town of Andice, and learned a very important lesson. You need to wear sunscreen even in January. An important lesson learned for the future.
That evening Jack and Mike introduced me to some of their friends and we had a lovely dinner out. Then they made me an addict. The evening was apparently all a plot to introduce me to Downton Abbey and get me hooked. Much of next day was me sneaking in episodes on Netflix, interspersed with Jack and Mike taking me out for tasty food and preparing to have a very late Saturday evening.
Saturday evening, Jack and I once again mounted out bicycles and I had my first social ride, and my first night ride! Jack took me to experience the monthly full moon ride in Austin which was absolutely awesome, and a little scary riding around Austin in the dark. I never thought I would be intentionally riding my bike until 3AM, but there you go. Quite the experience.
The rest of my month hasn't been nearly as fascinating. I'm working on a few cool things at the office, but sometimes my job is playing with techie toys. Can't complain when you get paid for doing what you enjoy!
Oh, There is one more thing. There is always room for more people on AIDS/LifeCycle, and if you have 2 strong legs and the will to make a difference, I strongly encourage you to join us. For those of you who don't already know, I have an alternate persona in one Sister Hyleigh Suspicious and Hyleigh has made a video to share with everyone and encourage you to ride with us. Please check it out at http://app.videogenie.com/c/mcg/2ee6/aids-lifecycle, like it, love it, make it the most watched video, and come along if you can!
As always, thank you for your time, well wishes, and general awesomeness in supporting me on this journey.
Donate to AIDS/LifeCycle and you may get a special "Thank You" from me!
To make things more interesting, I have some gift cards in my possession. For at least the next month, every $5 you donate is a chance to get a gift card as a "Thank You". Plus, every $25 will get a bonus chance (i.e. $25 gets you 6 chances, $50 gets you 12.)
Here is what I have for "Thank You" gifts so far (but, I'm sure I'll find more):
>3 x $10 iTunes gift cards
>1 x $50 Macy's gift card
>1 x $50 Bob's Steak and Chop House (Grapevine location) gift certificate (this one is exclusive to the DFW metroplex folks.)
I will randomly select a donor at the end of each week and thank them with a gift, starting with an iTunes card on next Friday, 1/18. All donations since the beginning of the year count, and if you don't win one week, you are still in the running for the next week and so on until I run out of stuff.
These gift cards are being given as a "Thank You" as part of my individual fundraising efforts for my participation in AIDS/LifeCycle. This is not an officially sponsored AIDS/LifeCycle fundraiser. Your donations via the link are tax deductible.
Merry Christmas everyone! Please enjoy my short holiday message and have a wonderful holiday no matter what you celebrate!
A View from a Stop Light
It's time for another video boys and girls!
Just a little bit of proof that I stop at lights, and other people don't.
A Quick PSA
In my latest video, I know what you've been doing in the park when you think no one is looking, and I have a favor to ask you (and I still don't really talk about bicycling.)
Finally! A video!
I finally did it. I made a video for World AIDS Day and AIDS/LifeCycle. It's my first video and done with little prep or editing. Be gentle.
More to come with better production! Heck, I have hours of video just of me riding around White Rock Lake here. I don't lack for footage to use. I just need to narrate and edit in a few clips to make it more interesting.
Quick November Update
I know, I know. I am late posting an update. Truth is, I've been busy. I had a major work project that completed at the beginning of the month, and all the clean up that followed. Then I went off to the Caribbean on a cruise for about a week (and a few days of vacation on either side naturally.) I look up, and Thanksgiving is right there and as soon as I blink it has passed.
So here we are. The last day of the month and only now I'm I getting a message out.
Things are going awesome. I'm continuing to ride when time allows, my weekends are pretty much up to 100 miles of riding or more. When I can't actually get on my bike (usually that damn darkness) I'm hitting the gym at work and monopolizing the stationary bike (ok, strength training too.) Not only does it keep my training momentum going, it's a great way to wait out the rush hour traffic at the end of the day.
But enough about that. I promised you a video and...I'm still working on it. I swear it will happen, and I'm trying really hard to at least get something up for tomorrow, December 1st, World AIDS Day.
It's been almost 2 months since I signed up for the ride and it is well past time for an update.
My training has begun, and I am out and riding my bike every weekend, and whenever I can during the week. My endurance is growing by leaps and bounds, and I had my first 100 mile week recently. It's a good beginning and I know with a little time and dedication I will be ready to ride the 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles next June.
A lot goes in to riding long distances. I'm learning a great deal about nutrition, my equipment, and myself. Far more than would fit in this short update, but I plan to record my thoughts and share them soon. Watch for further updates here as well as on Facebook and other social media.
Speaking of social media, please feel free to share the link to my AIDS/LifeCycle page (http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/chrisbride) on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networking sites you use.