More than 3,100 Participants from 46 States and 20 Countries Expected to Participate in Seven-Day 545-mile Bike Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, 2015—AIDS/LifeCycle® has closed registration for its San Francisco to Los Angeles bike ride—the world’s largest annual, single-event HIV/AIDS fundraiser—earlier than ever before and for only the third time in the 14-year history of the event. The more than 2,500 cyclists who are expected to participate, and who represent nearly every state and 20 countries, are on-track to break last year’s fundraising record of $15.5 million. AIDS/LifeCycle, which begins on May 31 and ends on June 6, supports San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
“People know that AIDS/LifeCycle is more than just an event. It’s a life-changing experience for a life-saving cause. These participants are making a strong statement: that they will not back down until the HIV epidemic is over,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “The huge interest in the ride this year proves that AIDS activism is stronger than ever, and lives will be saved because of the efforts of this passionate community."
“I’m overwhelmed and enormously grateful to the huge number of people—from throughout the country and all over the world--who are joining us on this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “By filling every available seat and reaching capacity, we’ll be able to do even more for people living with HIV and to fight new infections. It’s the highlight of my year to spend time with this global family of amazing people; I can’t wait to share the journey with them.”
Despite the remarkable progress that has been made since the first reported cases of HIV in 1981, the epidemic is far from over. Just in the U.S. there are 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS and the infection rate continues to rise among gay and bisexual men, particularly among communities of color.
AIDS/LifeCycle depends heavily on over 600 “roadies” who volunteer to support the event in a variety of essential roles including staffing rest stops, ensuring rider safety, providing medical support, and marking the route for cyclists. This is the earliest registration has ever closed for roadies.
Though it’s too late to ride and volunteer on this year’s event, registration remains open for “virtual cyclists” who support the two beneficiaries just like actual participants but without having to train. Visit aidslifecycle.org/register to join us as a virtual cyclist.
The riders and volunteer roadies of AIDS/LifeCycle form a diverse, friendly community where everyone is welcome and everyone belongs—regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. Riders start at all levels of fitness, and regular training rides help them get ready to ride—even if they haven’t been on a bike in years (or ever)! AIDS/LifeCycle staff offer support to help participants achieve their fundraising goals.
AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors include FedEx and Cannondale, the official bike sponsor.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 500 employees and 3,000 volunteers provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. Visit us at sfaf.org.