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June 10, 2012

AIDS LifeCycle Closing Ceremonies

The last time I participated in AIDS LifeCycle was in 2005. It's the annual 545-mile, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that replaced Pallotta's California AIDS Ride. This year there were 2,250 riders plus hundreds of support volunteers. The ride raises money to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the AIDS and HIV programs of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. This year the ride raised $12.6 million.

The ride finished up yesterday, June 9, by riding into the Veterans Center in Westwood. I went in to see and take photos. This is the first time I've been at the closing ceremonies when I hadn't participated in the ride. In previous years I've driven to San Buenaventura State Beach on Friday night where the riders are camped together for the last time. They hold a candle light vigil out on the beach which is very effective.

The complete set of 471 photos is available at www.ipernity.com/doc/ronslog/album/273984. I encourage you to pass that link along to anyone you know who is involved with AIDS LifeCycle. I have removed all copyright claims to all of the photos in that set. People are welcome to take, copy, revise and distribute them without attribution to me.

A few of the photos:

AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5144)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Cheerleaders (5139)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5156)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5161)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5165A)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5172A)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5177)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5264)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5319)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5474)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5199)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5216)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5227)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5304)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5504)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5513)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5677)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5697)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5858)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5890)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5869)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 4568 (5287)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5244)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5256)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5297)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5302)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5350)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5695)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5706)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5783)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5403)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5469)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5500)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5545)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5552)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5557)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 3788 (5640)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 4968 (5824)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5566)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5590)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5639)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Brian Truong (5862)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 2600 & GoPro Hero (5747)
I saw about half a dozen of these GoPro Hero cameras in use by riders.
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 3997 (5841)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 4395 (5719)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 4440 (5789)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5689)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5701)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5708)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5763)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5820)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony - Rider 3302 (5845)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5874)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5881)
AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5884)AIDS LifeCycle 2012 Closing Ceremony (5693)

UPDATE: I have to add that taking these photos was made much easier by the fact that after a week on the road, the riders have completely trained themselves to spot and respond to cameras. I didn't do anything more than point my camera to encourage riders to wave, smile, and stare into the lens.

Filed under AIDS Rides,California,Cycling,Gay Issues,Health | permalink | June 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM

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