The Journey Begins!!
In 2018, I volunteered as a roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle. It was such an amazing, life-changing experience full of so many loving, kind, caring people, that I’ve decided I want to RIDE 545-miles in 2019 and try to raise even more money to help fight HIV/AIDS and the stigmas that come with it. The ALC (AIDS/LifeCycle) community in general, is how I want to see the world. So many people taking so much time out of their lives and money out of their pockets. The world needs love, and ALC demonstrates this unconditional love in unimaginable ways! Will you join me by making a charitable donation? My goal of $10,000 is ambitious, but I know we can do it to help end HIV/AIDS and provide necessary services to those less fortunate.
If you want to be inspired, please watch this video to see what we did in 2018:
Thank You for joining me in this cause! I feel honored to help people through this journey! HIV/AIDS is a horrible disease that requires donations like this to help support people who are less fortunate that don't have the means to treat this condition and to fight for a cure.
My name is Travis Haase (AKA Cubtravie). I'm 34 years old. I decided to participate because I've been inspired by friends who have completed the ride, I'm looking for a way to exercise and get in shape, and I'm looking for a way to become more involved and give back to the community.
As of now, I am 6ft 2inches tall and weigh 325lbs. My goal is to lose 50 lbs and my journey starts TODAY! I will keep you updated on my progress!
545-miles seems very daunting, especially for a big guy like me, but that is nothing compared to what people with HIV/AIDS go through. Even more so people that don't have the funds to pay for medications/services. HIV/AIDS was devastating in the 1980s. Because of programs like ALC, HIV/AIDS transmission rates have dropped dramatically. That doesn't mean we are done fighting. In fact, transmission rates are beginning to rise because people think it is a thing of the past. We have the tools to end the epidemic, but we need YOU!
My life philosophy starts with LOVE. The world needs more love, and this is my way to give that to the world. I experienced what the world could be like when I volunteered for ALC last year. Random people came up to me to give me hugs. Total strangers would ask me to sit with them at dinner and we'd get to know one another over a meal. We would all help one another, whether it be with our tent setup (which is tough by yourself in the wind!), lending a helping hand, or providing emotional support. The candlelight vigil on the last night, was so emotional. Honoring people that have passed due to HIV/AIDS in silence. We were all in tears, and the experience was sobering and reminded us of the fight that still continues. I met some truly incredible people and made some wonderful friendships. These people inspire me to be a better human being, and inspired me to join this amazing journey!
That is why I am going to ride 545-miles from SF to LA in 2019!!
About the Ride
From June 2nd - June 8th 2019, 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 the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
In 2019, I will be a cyclist! I was so inspired in 2018 as a roadie, I decided to take this journey one step further! We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
Why We Ride?
545-miles in 7 days. That is a struggle, but nothing compared to the struggle people with HIV/AIDS go through. The struggle is even more daunting for the less fortunate and as federal and state funding dwindles, organizations like ALC keep this debilitating disease at bay. We ride because we want to save lives, educate the public, and spread love and awareness to those in need. We Ride, Love, Live!
So Far Donations Have...
Helped more than 5,000 people giving access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Provided more than 45,000 HIV and STI screenings annually through the SFAF and LA LGBT Center
Advocated for policy at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the rights of people at risk for and living with HIV Provided programs and services for many walks of life, including those disproportionately at risk for or affected by HIV
Reduced the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. by18% from 2008 to 2014
Your Dollars at Work...
$100 buys more than 1,100 condoms for distribution throughout the Center's Community Health programs and activities
$250 provides rapid HIV tests, with results in less than a minute, for 20 clients
$500 helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance
$1,000 covers a full year of medical supply costs for 40 patients
Will you support me by making a donation today? Let's end AIDS!!
AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and the 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.
My Personal Web Log
Only 26 Days left!
I haven't posted an update in awhile. My cycling ability has been getting better and better, and I'm really enjoying all the training rides. I could work better on strength training and more spin classes, but at this point I'm just going with the flow. I completed "Day on the Ride" without issues, which makes me feel more confident in my abilities. I've learned so much since my last post and have accomplished so much. Since my last post, I've ridden my first century ride, back to back 50+ mile rides, completed "Day on the Ride" which simulates a day on the ride. I had a minor accident that I learned a lot from. I've learned about the importance of spokes, the importance of checking over your bike before a ride, and the massive importance of how to fuel properly for a ride.
So far, I've logged over 42 training rides encompassing over 1,600 miles and 45,000 feet of climbing all of which took over 120 hours of cycling!! I never thought I would have accomplished this much and it feels great!
What keeps me going? Cycling can be a bit lonely sometimes when you're riding because you can't really chat with riders in order to ride safely. While I ride, I reflect. I think about life. I enjoy the scenery. I love hearing the birds chirping. I also try to fathom what it is like to live with HIV. I have made so many wonderful friends that live with this disease while riding. I've learned about the stigmas they go through, and try to fathom what their day to day life is like. I still cannot 100% understand, but that is why I ride. I think about how my struggle to get up a hill, while nowhere near the same amount of struggle that a person with HIV goes through, is me struggling in solidarity with them.
This journey has been incredible, and I cannot wait to see all my ALC family on the ride. The ride is going to be a struggle, but I'm glad that I will be there with all the lovely people that I've met throughout my training.
by Travis Haase on Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 10:12 AM