The AIDS/LifeCycle is an annual event, one of the largest in the world that works to raise money to fund lifesaving research and services to combat HIV/AIDS. It consists of a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles over seven days, every June. This year, the ride is set to happen from June 2nd to 8th and is open to all cyclists and Roadies (volunteers who assist with the whole production of the event). Participants who want to ride must fundraise a minimum of $3000 which contributes to the overall funds raised each year and is donated to various organizations including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center which provides prevention, treatment and educational services regarding HIV/AIDS.

Coming up this weekend, February 9th is the AIDS/LifeCycle Expo which is a big event to promote the AIDS/LifeCycle and offer information sessions for anybody who is interested in taking part in the event. The expo is free to participate and includes various AIDS/LifeCycle exhibitors, vendors, sponsors and such. You can register for the AIDS/LifeCycle, buy AIDS/LifeCycle gear, meet other participants, learn more about the LifeCycle itself, swap cycling apparel and gear. There will also be a pre-expo training ride to shake out your winter cycling legs.

The Expo will take place Saturday, February 9th from 11am to 3pm at the Lower Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park. 4659 Crystal Springs Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Find more information about the expo at aidslifecycle.org/event/la-expo

By Dirk Smith