AIDS/LifeCycle 2020 to Launch on May 31 with Weeklong Journey of Virtual Events Reimagining ‘Ride Love Live’ Experience - Los Angeles LGBT Center

AIDS/LifeCycle 2020 to Launch on May 31 with Weeklong Journey of Virtual Events Reimagining ‘Ride Love Live’ Experience

May 26, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

From May 31–June 6, AIDS/LifeCycle will host a weeklong roster of virtual events, collectively known as AIDS/[email protected], to encapsulate the spirit of community and philanthropy among its 3,000+ participants who had registered for this year’s physical ride benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In March the highly-anticipated 545-mile bike journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles was canceled—for the first time in the ride’s history—under precautions from state and local officials in order to protect vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists were scheduled to depart from Cow Palace on Sunday, May 31, and arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 6, with hundreds of volunteer “roadies” supporting them during their seven-day journey.

AIDS/[email protected] will produce the virtual, reimagined versions of some of the ride’s favorite events, among them: Opening and Closing Ceremonies; @Home workouts to begin each morning; virtual hangouts and coffee talk during lunchtime with leaders of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center; virtual dance parties; the always-entertaining Talent Show; and more.

The full schedule of AIDS/[email protected] is posted online at aidslifecycle.org.

“Just because we had to cancel this year’s actual ride doesn’t mean we have to discard the sacrifices and the determination of our riders and roadies who had committed to raise money for two incredible organizations leading the fight against HIV and AIDS,” said Ride Director Tracy Evans. “Our participants deserve gratitude for their hard work, as well as an opportunity to come together during this era of self-isolation and sheltering in place—thus, the creation of AIDS/[email protected] No pandemic will stop us from gathering together, sharing inspiration, and honoring those we have lost to HIV/AIDS.”

Additionally, this year’s participants may invite their families and friends to join selected AIDS/[email protected] events.

Upon the March announcement that this year’s ride was canceled, participants were encouraged to continue fundraising and join AIDS/LifeCycle 2021 (scheduled for June 6–12). In 2019 participants raised a record-breaking $16.7 million to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. To date, participants have raised more than $7.4 million this year—bringing the total amount raised in the ride’s history to more than $287 million.

To donate to AIDS/LifeCycle, visit aidslifecycle.org/care.

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride—not a race—that raises important awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, in addition to funding critical services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, and more.

The Ride debuted in 1994 as the California AIDS Ride before it was reconfigured in 2002 to what is known today as AIDS/LifeCycle. AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are HBO, Gilead, FedEx, Toyota, and Youth To The People. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale.

To follow the journey during AIDS/[email protected] through streaming broadcasts, pictures, stories, and videos, visit aidslifecycle.org and @aidslifecycle on social media.

 

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