What brought you to the Ride?
I became a Roadie after a few years of seeing friends who both rode and worked for ALC come back from the ride with new energy. I found myself looking for an outlet for both some personal trauma I was processing, and a way to give something back to folks who had supported me. As I saw the inequities in our society/culture, particularly around healthcare access, ALC gave me space and a community to fight back. And it taught me how to run my own fundraising bike ride back in NY.
What is your favorite Ride memory?
Tough question. Either my first arrival in LA or my first Captain’s orientation. Maybe my first year bringing my good friend and roommate, Aling.
What is your favorite thing about being a Roadie?
The friendships – I struggle to point to one that’s more meaningful than others, but each of the friendships I made were uniquely special. My first-year team and tent-mate was the first friend I made. We became inseparable that first week and he holds a special place in my heart. My first team captains became mentors and guides over the years, and they gave me leadership skills that I still use. I’m grateful that one of them continues to be an ALC lifer. One of the newbies from my first years is now our new captain, and I’m so happy and proud to be working with her one more time. She’s another ALC cornerstone for me.
ALC also strengthened existing friendships, bringing me closer to my then-roommate, and always-friend. Those 7 days down the coast over the last decade have been the setting/backdrop for some incredible friendships, love, and heartbreak.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a 1st time Roadie?
Literally, everyone you see in an ALC t-shirt will be happy to see you and help you and answer your questions!
Are you interested in sharing your story in the Roadie Spin? Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, we’d love to hear from you!