AIDS LifeCycle 2007 – A Preview

“As Buddha says in the famous parable of the arrow, analyzing the disease is not nearly as important as finding a cure. Complaing about the state of things is a common sport. But who among us has the courage and the willpower to hold on to their dreams when everything around us tells us to give up? Who has the passion and the creative strength to reinvent our approach to life?”

On the Warriors Path by Daniele Bolelli

Answer: The friends, family, teachers, crew, sponsors, mothers, and fellow cyclist – the machinery behind the AIDS LifeCycle Event.

A Sneak Preview – Several individuals within the AIDS LifeCycle Community were asked to reflect on and comment about their 575 mile, 7 day journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Here’s what they had to say:

Nane: Rich
Education: Robert Morris College (1 year)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 206lbs.
Age: 46
Birth Place/Origin: Dover, DE (USA)
Occupation: VP Sales & Marketing
Present Location/Where do you live? San Francisco, CA 94127
Favorite Book: “The Front Runner” by Patricia Nell Warren

How many years have you supported the California AIDS Ride / AIDS LifeCycle Event? And, why do you continue to support these events?

I have been a supporter of the California AIDS Ride / AIDS LifeCycle Event for the past 8 years. I continue my committment because I personally lost four very close and many not so close friends to this damn disease and they ain’t coming back. My financial and emotional support to this cause and others helps me confront and deal with the daily reality that there are still folks, ones who are close and not so close friends and family of others who are still being infected and dying; with no cure in the near horizon.

The courage, stamina and enthusiasm of the many riders and support teams that make the ride to LA are something that my friends Jerriese, Michael Troy, Brian and Natalie, were they alive today, would have also wanted to take part in to continue to fight to find a cure and help spread the prevention message.” – Rich

Nane: Djalma (MR. Rio) Fonseca
Education: College
Height: 5-11
Weight: 178lbs
Age: 41
Birth Place/Origin: Rio De Janeiro, Brasil
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Present Location/Where do you live? San Francisco, CA 94110
Favorite Book: When Things Fall Apart

As a 7th yr. veteran cyclist, what words of wisdom would you give to “first time cyclist?” Also, if you could add one thing to the AIDS LifeCycle Experience – what would it be?

My advice to first time cyclist would be: train, train, train. Don’t forget to do “back-to-back” rides especially towards the end of training season.

One thing to add to the Lifecycle experience:

The return of DISCO NIGHT.

Or at least, some form of adult, fun entertainment (NOT cartoons, or some solo/slow guitar recital, all of which just puts every one to sleep).

(Tony says: “I’ll have to get Oprah to bring Whitney“)

Located right on the Bridgeway Bike Path, Mike’s Bikes Sausalito is a well-known AIDS LifeCycle cycling destination that is a gateway to some of Marin’s finest riding. Over the years, I have developed a fine relationship with their establishment, appreciated their great service, and enjoyed their AIDS LifeCycle Discount.

And while chatting it up with “the boys of Sausalito” – here’s what they had to say:

Nane: Jeff
Education: University of Colorado, Boulder
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 175lbs.
Age: 22
Occupation: Sales Manager, Mike’s Bikes of Sausalito
Present Location/Where do you live? I live in San Francisco (94121)
Favorite Book: It’s a tie. White Noise by Don DeLillo and Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

As a observer, sponsor, and supporter of the AIDS LifeCycle Experience, if you were a participant – what three items would you “pack first” in your luggage?

If I were participating in the ALC event the first three items I would pack would be my journal, a good book, and my most comfortable cycling shorts. I would feel naked without the first two, and would actually be naked without the third

And what comfortable bike shorts would you suggest that AIDS LifeCycle Cyclist wear during their journey?
The Pearl Izumi Microsensor Bike Shorts located on the wooden rack in the front of our store.

Nane: Leslie
Education: ?
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 168lbs.
Age: 33
Occupation: Business Owner
Present Location/Where do you live? I live in San Francisco.
Favorite Book: The Iliad by Homer

As a 4th Yr. California AIDS Ride / AIDS LifeCycle Cyclist how did you first become involved with the AIDS Rides – And why do you continue to return?

I started with California AIDS Ride #6 because, I first and foremost loved to ride my bicycle. Eat, sleep, and ride for 7 days straight? What’s there not to love? But then, I came back two more times after that because of the amazing emotions and camraderie that I experienced while riding with people and talking with them.The memories of not only the first year that I did it but the following years still bring smiles to my face. I introduced 4th Yr. Veteran Sonya to the ride; her father died from AIDS when Sonya was in her twenties, and she’s doing it with me again this year. I enjoy coming back year after year because of the enthusiastic crazies that fight this horrible disease mile by mile. I also love to be in service to people and to a cause that I can be proud to support.

And if you could wear only one brand of cycling gear, what brand would it be?
Assos second,
And Giordana a close third.

TO BE CONTINUED – Check back to see what others of the AIDS LifeCycle Community have to say.