AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride fundraiser from San Francisco to Los Angeles, has announced a new finish line location this year in Santa Monica. From June 4-10, nearly 3,000 participants will ride from the Bay Area to the beach for the first time in the ride’s 30-year history.
The 2023 event, similar to previous rides, will begin with cyclists leaving the Cow Palace in San Francisco on June 4 . Cyclists will camp in six cities throughout central California along the way. On the morning of June 10, cyclists will leave Ventura and head toward Los Angeles. In a departure from the traditional route, in which the ride finished at Fairfax High School, cyclists will complete the event near the Santa Monica Pier.
The new location will also include a beachside festival with photo opportunities and interactive stations. Proceeds raised by riders support the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Following a record $17.8 million raised last year, AIDS/LifeCycle aims to continue momentum. Cyclists have a fundraising goal of $3,500 to earn their “Ticket to Ride” and secure a spot.
Organizers are also seeking roadies, who are volunteers that support the ride. Roadies are not required to fundraise, although many do raise funds for the organizations. The ride is also seeking “@Home Heroes” who do not travel with riders but set personal fundraising and fitness goals in solidarity with cyclists.
For information and to register, visit aidslifecycle.org.
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