Posted by: derekchad | June 9, 2011

Join me

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Today was the day that many of us have been waiting for: Red Dress Day. Thankfully, the route was just 42 miles, but it wasn’t an easy one; most of the day was spent climbing the hills of Vandenburg Air Force Base. These hills have false summits an switchbacks that inspired the idea of dressing in red on this day, with the thought being that from the air, the line of cyclists would appear as a magnificent AIDS ribbon. Of course we have fun with it, though, as you can see from the above photo.

Tonight from camp stage, LAGLC CEO Lorri Jean shared with us her concern for next year. This year a near-record number of cyclists raised a record amount of money to support the work of SFAF and LAGLC. But next year is not the 10 year anniversary, and already I’ve heard quite a few long-time riders say that this is their last year.

And so I’m issuing this challenge to you all: join me for next year’s AIDS/LifeCycle. You don’t need to be a cyclist; I wasn’t when I first did this ten years ago, but I learned. And if you really don’t want to ride, you can be a volunteer Roadie. You don’t need to be gay; about 50% of the riders are straight. If you can’t think of a reason, I’ll give you several: it’s a great way to get in shape, meet new friends, become a part of a community of caring individuals, the AIDS epidemic rages on, and whether you know it or not, someone you know is living with HIV.

Anyone that wants to join has an open invitation to join our team and become a Mary. We’re fast and slow, men and women, gay and straight. You’ll fit right in.

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