Riders & Roadies – Let’s Get Ready to Roll
Once you’re on the road with AIDS/LifeCycle, everything is taken care of for you! But, before you get to the
Cow Palace for Orientation Day on June 1, 2024, be sure to follow the checklist below that contains all the
resources you’ll need to plan your travels before the start of the event in San Francisco and to get you
back home from the finish line in Los Angeles.
A quick note: please take a moment to read our COVID-19 policy.
Bike Shipping Pre and Post-Event
AIDS/LifeCycle has partnered with various companies to help package and ship your bike to San Francisco before the event, and back home from Los Angeles after you cross the finish line. Options range from shipping fully assembled bikes to disassembled bikes you can box yourself. Click here to find out more about which options work best for you.
- NOTE: If you ship your bike independently with any shipping service other than through our partners listed below DO NOT SHIP DIRECTLY TO THE COW PALACE. Only event partners listed are authorized to consolidate bike shipments for delivery to the Cow Palace.
Find Bike Shipping options that work best for you.
Looking to participate in AIDS/LifeCycle but don't own a bike, or traveling from out of state or another country and looking for a convenient bike option? You can rent a top-quality Cannondale or Specialized bike from Unlimited Biking. Unlimited Biking's rental service provides the convenience of having the bike delivered to the starting point on Orientation Day and picked up from the AIDS/LifeCycle Finish Line Festival. Book directly HERE!
AIDS/LifeCycle has also partnered with charities Bicycle Angels and Bad Business Model Bikes to offer low-cost or no-cost bikes to registered AIDS/LifeCycle participants for use at the event. Check out their websites for full details.
Please Note: These loaner bikes may require some investment in upkeep and maintenance costs. And unlike the option above, the supply of these bikes IS limited.
AIDS/LifeCycle is proud to partner with United Airlines to offer discounted airfares for participants flying inbound to San Francisco Bay Area Airports (SFO and SJC); and outbound from Los Angeles / SoCal area airports (LAX, BUR, ONT, SNA) between May 28th through June 10th!
- To take advantage of this offer, Participants can Click Here to be taken to the booking page on United Airlines website or use code ZP6W123201. Note the restrictions listed above as to arrival and departure dates and airports.
- Bike Check-in-Fees for traveling with your bike will be waived upon check-in at the airport counter.
- United is not liable for damages to bicycles that have been improperly packaged or boxed.
Opening Ceremony & Ride Out
Join your fellow Cyclists and Roadies for the official start of AIDS/LifeCycle at the Cow Palace on Sunday, June 2nd! The Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:00 AM and at 6:30 AM cyclists will hit the road to begin their journey.
Sunday is a long day. Plan to arrive early in the morning to drop off your luggage, enjoy complimentary coffee and light breakfast, and prepare for Ride Out. Family, friends, and spectators are invited to attend and cheer on participants. Additional details - including the morning schedule, parking details, and more - will be published in the spring.
Stay tuned for more!
Finish Line Festival
Celebrate the end of your 7-day journey with fellow Cyclists and Roadies as you cross the finish line in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 8th. After you ship your bike home through one of our shipping partners, enjoy live DJs and food trucks, shop at the Camp Store, and cheer on your friends as your AIDS/LifeCycle experience comes to a close!
Final details including event schedule and parking information will published in the spring, but the Festival is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and cyclists typically arrive at the Finish Line between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.