How can I participate?
There are many amazing ways to participate in AIDS/LifeCycle! Here are 5 awesome ways YOU can get connected to the AIDS/LifeCycle community and find your route to getting involved.
Our Cyclists have guts, dedication, and strength. They ride the 545 miles from SF to LA and fundraise a minimum of $3K throughout the year. You’ll be paired with a Cyclist Representative who will support your training and fundraising every pedal stroke of the way, no matter your fitness level or fundraising experience.
Roadies are the hardworking individuals who volunteer their time for the full week of AIDS/LifeCycle. Every Roadie is placed on a team, led by volunteer Roadie Captains, that determines their working group for the week. For 7 days, these folks dedicate their time, energy, and hearts to waking up very early and going to sleep late to move this event down the coast.
@Home Heroes are an integral part of the AIDS/LifeCycle community! Perhaps you can’t join us for a full week come June – but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on supporting our mission as a member of our one-of-a-kind community. Signing up as an @Home Hero includes choosing the challenge you want to take on: a fundraising goal, a mileage count, and a community focus that keeps you committed to a cause you’re drawn to!
Our volunteers support AIDS/LifeCycle one day at a time! From supporting indiviual Special Events throughout the season to coming out in full-force to help Orientation Day run smoothly, our volunteers meet every challenge with a smile. Click here to learn about the different ways you can be involved as a volunteer!
AIDS/LifeCycle is all about raising critical funds to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. You can support AIDS/LifeCycle by making a donation, either to an individual participant, or by making a general donation to the AIDS/LifeCycle 2022 General Donation Fund. Every dollar counts, and your donations are put to work immediately!
How do I prepare for the Ride?
Whether you’re a brand-new cyclist or a seasoned veteran of the road, training is an important component of participating in AIDS/LifeCycle. To get our community road-ready, we encourage our participants to join us for Training Rides. Your participant center is full of great resources to help get you up to speed.
Training rides are an important experience in group riding, benefiting your and everyone else’s safety. The beauty of AIDS/LifeCycle includes the experience of riding alongside many other (awesome!) cyclists – and training rides can help you adjust to riding in large groups, learn how to safely pass and be passed, and get accustomed to calling out signals so that others know exactly what you’re doing. Official Training Rides are led by certified Training Ride Leaders.
Check our calendar for upcoming Training Rides. No registration is necessary to join us for a ride, so if you’re testing the waters before signing up, this is a fantastic way to meet our amazing community!
How do I get started fundraising?
Don’t be intimidated by the $3,000 fundraising minimum – you’ve got this!
When you register, you’ll be paired with a Cyclist Representative who is here to support you all season long in your training and fundraising efforts. In addition, you’ll have a host of tools at your fingertips to help get you fundraising like a pro:
- Our Welcome Booklet with great tips on how to get started with your fundraising
- Your Participant Center is full of social media shareables, email templates, event logistics information, a travel planner, and many other helpful resources
- Our AIDS/LifeCycle App which contains text, social media, and email templates to make sending asks easier than ever
What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?
At AIDS/LifeCycle, we are committed to providing a safe experience for our participants, volunteers, vendors, staff, and the communities that welcome us. With this in mind, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in all AIDS/LifeCycle 2022 events including Kick Off Ride, AIDS/LifeCycle Training Rides, Holiday Party, Expo, Day On The Ride, Send Off events, Orientation Day and the AIDS/LifeCycle 7-day event, June 5 – 11, 2022.
The guidance for COVID-19 safety is ever changing. In addition to vaccine requirements, we are continuously monitoring, and will adhere to, the latest guidance for masks, social distancing, and other protocols as outlined by the CDC, California Department of Health and the local authorities/agencies where we gather.