We can’t wait to see the AIDS/LifeCycle rolling again after two years of physical distancing put the event on hold. The epic seven-day, life-changing ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is back on, and registration is now open for the 2022 edition of the ride, taking place from June 5-11.
For nearly three decades part of the route has rolled past our SLO factory where we produce the official AIDS/LifeCycle event jerseys that thousands of participants rock each year. The ride covers 545 miles from SF to LA, along some of the most beautiful roads in all of California. Over the course of seven days, thousands of rider’s pedal for a purpose, raising money for AIDS patient care and advocacy initiatives, with funds going directly to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Since that first journey down the coast two decades ago, the event has raised over 275 million dollars to support some of the 1.2 million people in the US living with AIDS.
Community and support are the driving forces behind AIDS/LifeCycle. The riders themselves commit to fundraising at least $3,000 to complete the seven-day journey. But they rely on The Roadies, the huge team of volunteers who move the entire cycling carnival from city to city, early each morning till late each night.
Even during the in-person event pause, the team at AIDS/LifeCycle remained committed to those depending on their life saving support. It took some ingenuity and creativity, but they made it happen. Well, the entire ALC community made it happen by logging miles and collecting pledges through their physically distanced TogetheRide Challenge, which raised 2.3 million dollars to continue supporting those whose health needs were not and could not wait even with the world turned upside down.
We’re proud to play our part knitting this community together with their custom jerseys, and we believe that if we all lend whatever hand we can, together we’ll realize the big goals, like ending AIDS and supporting our friends and families fighting the good fight along the way.