AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.
On the Road
Cyclists will spend most of their time out on the route. You’ll wake up in the morning and get out of camp, where a full complement of Roadies will be waiting to keep you safe, healthy, and happy. While everyone travels at their own pace, we have specific hours of operation to keep it running smoothly. We all count on each other to stay safe and successful, and together, we make it into Camp each night.
The route opens to Cyclists at 6:30am and closes at 7:00pm. Cyclists must depart camp and be on the route by 8:30am. In order to keep Cyclists and Roadies safe, we must keep Cyclists moving along on schedule. We do this by establishing hours of operation for our Rest Stops along the route. You can ride at your own pace as long as you arrive at each Rest Stop before its posted closing time. If event Staff or Roadie teams determine that you will arrive at a stop after closing, you will be picked up and driven to the next rest stop or transported directly to camp.
You will be responsible for managing your pace each day. If you know that you are a slower paced rider, you should plan to be ready with your bike at Bike Parking at 6:30am when it opens, and be aware of the time spent at each Rest Stop during the day. That being said, there is plenty of time to ride, enjoy the sights and arrive in camp before closing. This is a ride, not a race!
Each morning in Bike Parking, you will receive a route sheet for that day’s ride. It will give you the total mileage for the day, turn-by-turn directions, and an elevation chart. It will also include the location, mile markers, and operating hours for each Rest Stop. Don’t worry about having to follow the directions for every turn, however; the route is very well-marked and often, you can follow the cyclist in front of you. (Just be sure they’ve got an AIDS/LifeCycle number on their bike or you could end up following a non-ALC cyclist and not realize until you've arrived at their house!)
Rest Stops are located every 15 to 20 miles along the route. Each Rest Stop has snacks, water, PowerAde, porta-potties, bike techs, medical staff and fun themes to make you smile. Posted Water Stops will only provide water, PowerAde and restroom facilities. Sweep Vehicles patrol the route to take you to the next Rest Stop in case you are unable to continue riding or need assistance. If you are unable to complete the day’s route, SAG (abbreviation for “support and gear”) vehicles are available to transport you and your bike to camp.
We serve a delicious and nutritious lunch out on the route, including a sandwich, fresh fruit, a salad, cookie and chips. Water and PowerAde are also available at the Lunch Stop.
Cannondale is our official Bike Tech sponsor. They will have bike techs along with volunteer Roadies at Rest Stops, Lunch Stops and Camp to assist with repairs. You will be responsible for the cost of all parts used to repair your bike. All payments must be received when the service is performed. They only accept credit cards or ATM’s. NO CASH. They will also help you assemble and disassemble your bike at the beginning/end. Check the Travel Planner for the fee. Please use the bike techs only if you are unable to fix the problem yourself. You are expected to fix your own flat tires. Take an ALC fix a flat clinic or check with your local bike shop. Many of them offer clinics year around.
A full-service medical team will be available on the route, at rest stops and at the lunch stop to take care of any injuries incurred on the ride.