545 miles will take you through 58 towns, across 8 counties, and all the way into Los Angeles!
This event is fully supported by over 600 Roadie volunteers who provide:
- Rest Stops every 15-20 miles with water, electrolyte solutions, and snacks
- Vegetarian and omnivorous lunch options are available each day at the Lunch stop courtesy of Boudin!
- Medical support at each Rest Stop
- Chiropractic and Sports Medicine teams at Lunch
- 20-30 Sweep vehicles to pick you up along the route if need be
- Bike-tech support
- SAG buses to take you from a Rest Stop to Camp
Curious to see what it looks like to be a Cyclist on AIDS/LifeCycle? Check out this 360° video.
Rest Stop Rules & Tips
While this is a ride, and not a race, the Rest Stops, Water Stops and Lunch are open specific hours. Rest Stop hours are posted each day in camp and published in the daily newsletter available each morning. If you roll up after a Rest Stop has closed, you’ll be asked to hop into one of our support vehicles and driven to camp so we can guarantee you complete the day safely. Don’t worry about your bike! We’ll transport that back to camp for you as well.
We recommend you take the time every 15-20 miles to stop at the Rest Stops and use these tips and tricks:
- Hydrate at each Rest Stop (even if you don’t think you’re thirsty.)
- Apply sunscreen and butt buttr.
- If the restroom lines are short, use them.
- For sanitary reasons, always allow Rest Stop Roadies to hand you fruit, bagels and all food not individually packed.
- Make sure you stretch and snack at each Rest Stop, but don’t spend too long!
- The Rest Stops are lots of fun and they often have themes! Check out a show from the famous Rest Stop 4 team below!
Route Rules & Hours
The route will open at approximately 6:30 am each day, and you must be on the route by 8:30 am. The route will close at 7:00 pm each day, (except for Day 5 when the route will close at 6:00 pm and Day 7, when it will close at 3:30 pm for the Closing Ceremony).
If you leave Camp early each morning, you have up to 9 – 12 hours (depending on the day) to complete the route.
In order for us to use city, county and state roads, AIDS/LifeCycle must obtain permits from Caltrans and the local jurisdictions we travel through. The rules and regulations you’ll be asked to follow are part of these permits. There may be times that Cyclists are held at a Rest Stop in order for safety procedures to be put into place for the wellbeing of all Cyclists, Roadies and motorists. We are required by law to abide by these rules and regulations. Please follow all instructions from law enforcement personnel, Roadies and staff. Failure to do so will jeopardize the event’s ability to take place in the future.