Thank you for joining me in this cause!
In 2022, from June 5 - June 22nd, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and @Home Heroes 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 year, I’ll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
WHY I RIDE AIDS/Lifecycle:
I grew up in Los Angeles. I went to high school in the early 1970's. My best friend and I wanted to ride our bikes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. My parents wouldn't allow it. As I got older, I often dreamed of riding my bike all the way to San Francisco.
In 1983, I was a founding member of the Different Spokes Bicycling Club of Southern California. I provided SAG for a bike ride our club created called Cycle for Life which benefitted HIV services at the LA LGBT Center. This event was actually the seed that started the AIDS Rides.
When the first California AIDS Ride (CAR) happened in 1994, I really wanted to go, but I was working on a masters degree and as luck would have it, the AIDS Ride took place during finals week. I had to wait until CAR 4 in 1997 - after I graduated - before I could finally achieve my dream of bicycling all the way from San Francisco to L.A. My big toes were numb for 6 months after The Ride, so I didn't sign up again for a long time.
Today I am president of Different Spokes. Although I am HIV-negative, I live with my HIV-positive boyfriend Rafael. We live with our friend Mario, another HIV-positive man who I met while participating in CAR 4 twenty-five years ago.
I love AIDS/LifeCycle primarily because I love bicycling. Thousands of people prepare for the AIDS Ride every year and while they don't all become repeat riders, some of them discover the joys and health benefits of riding a bike. As a certified Training Ride Leader, I'm able to host training rides for AIDS/LifeCycle and in doing so, I can promote Different Spokes and possibly recruit new members to the club.
You've probably already heard that AIDS/LifeCycle is a life-changing experience . . . and it really and truly is in many ways.
- It's an opportunity to see a lot of California
- It's an opportunity to meet a lot of really cool people in a healthy athletic setting
- It's an opportunity to physically challenge oneself to extreme limits
- It's fun to spend six nights in a different California city each night
- The food is terrific - especially the gourmet cookies available at lunch!
- It is by far the best organized and best supported long distance ride anywhere
- Although cyclists are asked to raise a minimum of $3,000, I believe that the AIDS Ride is a very positive event to boost the health and spirit of the participants who are HIV-positive.
That brings me to the main reason why I ride:
I cannot lie, my main reason for riding the AIDS/LifeCycle in 2022 is because I am looking forward to eating chocolate cake and carrot cake on the sixth night of the ride on San Buenaventura State Beach.