My Spin on the 2012 Aids LifeCycle Ride

Posted on July 06, 2012 by Kai Gradert | 0 Comments

I am back from my very first AIDS/Lifecycle ride and it was a very inspiring and rewarding experience! Each day had its own challenges, but the scenery was spectacular and the camaraderie among the participants was unbeatable.

Aids LifeCycle 2012 - San Francisco to Santa Cruz

I especially enjoyed the early mornings. Being on the road by 6:30 AM, we were always among the first riders out. It was a meditative and healing experience to be riding in the quiet of the morning air and watching the sunlight cast long shadows on the hills.

Aids LifeCycle 2012 - Ride Out on Day Three - Beautiful Long Shadows in the Mornings

The California coastline is always stunning, but it’s easy to miss the details when you travel by car. Being forced to move at a slower pace really lets you soak it all in.

Aids LifeCycle 2012 - Quiet Moments Along The Route

At 7 days and 545 miles, this ride was definitely a challenge; but the surprising thing was that by mid-week I was looking forward to the next day’s ride. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Best of all, we were able to make a difference. The total raised through the HingeHeads Red Ribbon sale was $325.35. To keep it simple, we went ahead and rounded the amount up to $600.00 that HingeHeads sent on to the AIDS/Lifecycle campaign.

We intend to keep the sale of the Red Ribbon open until all items are sold and continue to donate 100% of the sales to the AIDS/LifeCycle organization. This is an event, a cause and people worth supporting!

Aids LifeCycle 2012 - Small Victories - Half Way To LA

All in all, 2,225 riders and 550 volunteer “roadies” raised a total of $12.6 million in this year’s ride. Riders aged 18 to 83 came together from nearly every state and a record 16 countries to make this event count! If you want to know more or you want to register for next year’s ride, check out the AIDS/Lifecycle site.

Hope to see you there in 2013!

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