In 2019, one of my new year resolutions is learning to give back, no matter if it is giving back to my close ones or to the commuity and society. Over the course of this year, there were so many monumental moments happened in the LGBTQ+ community, which inspired me wanting to do more and give. In the meantime, I came across AIDS Lifecycle webcast through work and heard so many positive experiences and stories from past riders. But I was scared. 545 MILES in 7 DAYS?!?! The only experience I ever had related to biking was couple spin classes I took, which I absolutely did not like.
One evening, I stumbled upon a chinese reality tv show, which showcased a 72 year old chinese man, Yukun Xu, who traveled the world on his bike for 10 years till now. (in case you are curious, you can find a news article about him here: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2164744/chinese-cyclist-71-who-has-spent-10-years-travelling-around-world) The documentary showed the time while he was biking in North America, including the challenges, the driven and persistent spirit he has. I immediately felt inspired and wondered if I could do the same. I kept telling myself - Yujian, before you overthink, you should just sign up - which was what I did! To be honest, I am slightly scared and worried but I do believe this is a really good cause and physical/mental challenge for me. I hope through proper training and support from the big community, I will have an amazing experience! So keep the challenge coming baby!
From May 31st to June 6th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists 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.
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?
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