Thousands of cyclists and volunteers continue their 545-mile journey to LA


Bike riders to leave Paso and pass through Atascadero to continue onto SLO on Day 4

PASO ROBLES — On June 5 the AIDS/LifeCycle® riders stopped to camp at the Mid-State Fairgrounds, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles.

Today June 6, more than 2,300 cyclists and nearly 650 volunteer 'roadies' will continue their journey. The cyclists will leave the Mid-State Fairgrounds campsite between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. in Paso Robles and head to Santa Maria. They have a lunch stop schedule at Cuesta college for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will end their day and camp overnight at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way in Santa Maria.

AIDS/LifeCycle® announced on June 3  that participants had raised more than $16.6 million dollars—a record amount in the event’s history—to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. AIDS/LifeCycle remains the world's largest single event HIV/AIDS fundraiser. More than 2,300 cyclists pedaled out of Cow Palace this morning on the 25th year of riding to end AIDS with more than 650 volunteer “roadies” supporting them during the 7-day, 545-mile journey. Participants are HIV-positive and HIV-negative, LGBT and allies, ages 19 to 90, and from nearly every state and 16 countries.

“Our tireless riders and roadies have once again risen to the occasion, raising millions of dollars to make a difference in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “Thanks to their hard work and the generosity of their donors, we will continue to be able to provide free or low-cost HIV testing and medical services—caring for those most in need and reducing the incidence of HIV infection.”

In the seven days, it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 700 people in the United States will contract HIV. One in seven people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status. Since 2002, when AIDS/LifeCycle first began, participants have raised more than $251 million and completed more than 61,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. Currently, there are 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS nationwide and an estimated 37,600 will become infected this year.              

AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are Gilead Sciences, FedEx, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and Mytesi. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale.

Please be careful when sharing the road with cyclists.

To follow the journey during the week of the ride through pictures, stories, and videos, visit aidslifecycle.org and @aidslifecycle on social media.

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