It is the 25th year of riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles to end AIDS and the fundraising ride AIDS/LifeCycle continues to provide exciting new twists.
For the first time, cyclists will be completing the 545-mile journey in downtown Los Angeles with the finish line at City Hall.
“Los Angeles City Hall is really iconic,” says AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans. “We are really excited about finishing at the steps of City Hall. Downtown L.A. has become a vibrant center to the city and is the perfect place for our participants to complete their seven-day journey.”
More than 2,300 cyclists are riding June 3 through 9 to bring awareness to the continuing fight against HIV and AIDS. The money raised goes to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which jointly produce the event.
Since 2016, the finish line for the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser was at Fairfax High School. For several years before that, the ride ended at the Veterans Administration grounds in West Los Angeles.
After finishing, Cyclists and Roadies will then make their way to the Finish Line Festival at Grand Park between Broadway and Spring Streets. The festival will feature live music from some of DTLA’s hottest LGBT DJs, an array of food trucks, and a cheering section for friends, families, and the community to welcome the cyclists and the approximately 650 volunteer roadies.
The festival is not only to honor this year’s participants but also to remember the tens of thousands of people who have been lost to AIDS. Cyclists are expected to begin crossing the finish line as early as 10 a.m. The festival will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last year’s ride had 2,900 participants from nearly every state in the U.S. and from 17 countries. Participants raised $15.1 million in 2017. Since AIDS/LifeCycle began, participants have raised more than $251 million and completed more than 58,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
The ride debuted in 1994 as the California AIDS Ride before it was reconfigured to what is known today as AIDS/LifeCycle.