Hey Friends and Family,
Thank you for visiting my ALC 2020 page! Please visit the instinct article and interview from my team. https://instinctmagazine.com/aids-lifecycle-team-talks-raising-awareness/
I really appreciate your support and donations which will directly impact the lives of so many people that receive help and health services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Living in LA I can see the impact that the center makes on a daily basis for LGBT youth through seniors citizens. The center houses and helps homeless youth and is building a senior living center to do the same for the growing numbers of in need LGBT seniors in the area. It also provides much needed health services for those in LA that cannot afford them. The LGBT Center is so good at its mission that it is now used as a benchmark for LGBT centers across the world! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any quesitons about the center, the ride, or the cause.
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. 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?
My Personal Web Log
ALC 2020 Cancelled :(
Just wanted to share - I hope this message is obvious to all of you. I hopefully will be doing more practice rides solo in LA with these less crowded roads around the city :). Stay safe and thank you all for your donations, support and friendship.
by Ryan Apuzzo on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 1:11 PM
26.2 Miles and the ALC Expo
2/8/2020 - My second ride of 2020.
After Mark's bike mishap last weekend, one of the riders offered him use of one of their bikes, he obliged and picked up his new road bike just in time for Saturday's ride. I'm amazed at how the other riders and training leaders already feel like family. If you need help with anything all you need to do is ask, everyone is super helpful and extremely friendly.
Luckily - this ride also happened to be on the same day as the Expo. Mark needed some tuning on his new ride and the experts at Cannondale hooked him up. He had two gears not functioning and he needed help with his pedals. The pros fixed his bike prior to the ride in about five minutes. Him and I tried to detach the pedals for 15 minutes and gave up the prior night.
This ride, Mark, Alisa, and I rode together the entire time. It was Mark's first training ride EVER, and Alisa's first ride in the new year after traveling the world for her job. We all did fine, none of us fell off our bikes and we all completed the ride without having to stop and take any breaks outside of the halfway point at a beautiful SoCal Library (Brand Library). SoCal has the nicest libraries in the world, I've been to 7 (West Hollywood, Glendale, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, San Diego, and Fairfax). I hated libraries in college...but my college library was nothing like these with palm tress, water features, cafes, and courtyards.
The Expo was really cool - learned about the ride, met a bunch of vendors, bought Cocoa (my dog) some CBD treats to calm her down in a crowd, and there were a bunch of raffles. Everyone that registered got one ticket with the option to buy more. They raffled off thousands of dollars in new bikes, gear, and gift certificates. It was really cool. There was also a gear swap, bike companies, yoga studios, an organic cosmetic company, free massages, spin studios, food trucks... We met up with some more of our team (Spoke & Weal) including Dell, Sam, and our newest team-member Dung (pronounced Dune). So it was great to mingle with the team after the ride. What a fun weekend, can't wait for next weekend!
by Ryan Apuzzo on Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 8:24 PM
First Ride of 2020 - 35 miles
This was a fun ride from Griffith Park to up La Tuna Canyon (a 4.5 mile hill). The ride was awesome, however this is my first ride back and it definitely took some time to get used to being back in the saddle. I made it up the hill with a steady yet slow pace. The leaders were great on this ride and taught me slow and steady is the best way up a hill so that is what I did - and I was DEAD after that hill though. Funny story about this ride - I usually try to go with at least one friend on these practice rides, so Mark, my friend in LA who is also a friend from DC rented a bike to join me. However, right after we got there his bike broke and I ended riding on my own - but with the Chain Gang Team which was actually pretty fun. Training solo is actually not that bad and you get to meet a ton of people.
by Ryan Apuzzo on Tue, Feb 04, 2020 @ 10:39 AM
Second Ride on Yoda - 45 Miles along the Southern California Coast
So I'm already slacking...Two weekends ago I went on my second ride, and it was twice as long as my first ride! My body is adjusting to the long rides though - so afterwards I can do more than just relax on my couch. I missed last weekends ride due to travel and felt so sad that I didn't get to practice. Quick summary of the 45 mile ride, we got lost, found our way, my chain fell off twice, almost fell over b/c I'm not used to my new clip ins (pedal/shoe device), and a few riders got injured, and Alisa fell off her bike again (lol)!!! The views were spectacular, scenic ocean views and really cool SoCal homes...Some day one will be mine! The mid-point was to this really cool spot in Los Palos Verdes called Malaga Cove (we started in Santa Monica, CA if you want to google map it), A place I didn't even know existed prior to this ride and I want to go back. Of course, they were decorating the quaint little cove with wreaths and garland for the holidays!
by Ryan Apuzzo on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 @ 4:09 PM
First Ride on Yoda - 10/26 Update
Last Saturday I joined a group for my first practice ride for the 2020 ALC. To say the least, I was exhausted afterwards and it was a fairly hot day in the mid 80's...Great fall weather for us Angelinos! I rode with my friend Alisa (she is becoming my cycling buddy because we are super enthusiastic about practicing for the 545 mile ride). I also have been to spin class twice this week because I felt like I was super winded on the practice ride (and it was just over 20 miles long). Hope you enjoy this post!
by Ryan Apuzzo on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 4:28 PM
Just Picked Up Yoda From REI This Weekend :)
It is now official - I have started training for this crazy huge event I am taking on with a few of my friends from LA. After going to a professional bike shop and three different REI's in California and Virginia, I have finally decided on a bike. Her name is Yoda and she is a Clydesdale...I mean Cannondale. (I will post a pic soon).
She is so fast! All I can think about right now is going out for a spin. So with that said, I am going to start posting little logs just to keep everyone updated on my journey to raise $5k as well as my training journey.
Wish me luck!
by Ryan Apuzzo on Sun, Oct 13, 2019 @ 5:12 PM