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At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)
At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)

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From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle, covering 545 miles in seven days, to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

ALC 12 will be ride number 14 for me...three California AIDS Rides and every AIDS/LifeCycle with the exception of #1 (I took the year off to go to the Gay Games in Sydney). I also drove a sweep vehicle in the 2001 Canada-US AIDS Vaccine Ride.

Why do I keep riding? Many reasons. I've been HIV-positive for over 30 years and have lost far too many friends and loved ones. Since I'm still around I take this to mean I have work to do and I can think of no better way to acknowledge my continued good fortune--and honor the memory of those dear to me--than to continue riding and raising money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. December 4, 2012 marked 20 years since I lost my partner Mario Luna to AIDS. December 5 marked 32 years since the day on which I most likely contracted HIV.

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Last ALC 11 Event; First Official ALC 12 Ride
I was lazy last weekend, I admit it. I'm currently resting on my laurels.
The weekend before last was the annual Thank You Ride and BBQ which sort of "officially" marks the end of AIDS/LifeCycle 11. I didn't do that day's ride to Mill Valley but I dusted off the road bike and pedaled down to Crissy Field to take part in the BBQ...and of course to take some pictures, which are here:
The ride picked up one of my photos to use on their Facebook page, which is always flattering.
The following day was the Sunday CAT 2 Series Reunion which for all intents and purposes served as the first official training ride for ALC 12 (even though the Kickoff Ride is in September). I got over myself, rode to Sports Basement and even (gasp!) over the Golden Gate Bridge and back. The group was relatively small, probably owing to the previous day's ride; mostly veterans but one very enthusiastic newbie. Our route consisted of a reverse Tiburon Loop with a slight variation: Rather than jog back onto the Sausalito Bike Path at the end of Camino Alto we stayed on Camino Alto all the way to its end at Miller Avenue and continued to Tam Junction where we stopped for a very healthy lunch Cafe Del Sole.
This was actually my first time crossing the bridge since the west side had re-opened. I was quite pleased to see that the southern approach had been re-graded and actual lanes created. On the other hand, nothing can be done about the weekend tourist traffic which remains hair-raising.
Totals for Saturday:
Ride Time: 0:44:12
Mileage: 8.29
Average speed: 11.2 mph
Maximum speed: 25.5 mph
Totals for Sunday:
Ride time: 3:46:59
Mileage: 46.22
Average speed: 12.1 mph
Maximum speed: 32.4 mph
Photos from Sunday are at:

by Robert Katz on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

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