Thursday, June 4, 2015

Over 2,000 Cyclists Ride In Fundraising Event

More than 2,000 participants arrived Wednesday night in Santa Maria's Preisker Park on Day Four of the annual 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles...

..This is the 14th year for the event that includes a very organized traveling village with hundreds of roadies who help along the route and set up a mini city of tents in cities each night along the way. The campsites include medical and massage tents, a cafeteria, trucks with showers and bathrooms and sponsor tents...

...Lorenzo Martone, who works in the cycling industry and was riding for an HIV-positive loved one, said the ride was metaphoric of the peaks and valleys of life and also called it the most difficult physical challenge of his life...

..Proceeds from AIDS/LifeCycle go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the AIDS/LifeCycle-related services of the L.A. LGBT Center. This year's fundraiser brought in more than $16 million, organizers said.

--From the Lompoc Record

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