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Team CamelBak Riding In AIDS/ LifeCycle

Pride Month: Team CamelBak Riding In AIDS/ LifeCycle

We caught up with Jen Toland, CamelBak Category Planner, and got a behind the scenes look at the mental, emotional, and physical preparation for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride.

AIDS/ LifeCycle Ride is a 7 day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, co-produced by benefitting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The event raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS Epidemic and funds services such as HIV testing, prevention and much more. Jen Toland and Jamie Furrer will be on Team CamelBak and we are honored and stoked to cheer them on!

This Is How We Roll

June 4

Here we are, day 0 of ALC2022. I just got done with Orientation Day. I checked in, picked up my fundraising incentives, watched the safety presentation, dropped my bike off, applied my numbers and luggage markers…. Whew, did I miss anything? I don’t think so… 

I’m reminded once again of exactly how much goes into producing and participating in the ALC. People work year round to produce this event, just like people train year round to ride the event. Volunteers put their lives aside for a minimum of a week to support the event and its participants. It’s a heavy lift. 

Why do we do it? Why do we dedicate so much time to preparing, training, fundraising… we do it for those that can’t. For the ones we lost to HIV/AIDS. For those living with HIV/AIDS. We do it to raise awareness and money to help people, to fight stigma. We do it for our community. Each and every person involved in this event is here because of love for our community.

I’m fortunate enough to have ridden in this event 4 times, this will be my 5th year. Wow… 5 years riding 545 miles each time. Every year am touched to see how much love there is, I feel so fortunate to be part of it. What a gift it is to be part of this community. This community also includes all of the people that made financial contributions, we wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you. 

Tomorrow, June 6 at 6am, WE RIDE! We ride for a better future, we ride for our community! We’ll see many sights along the way… The parents that have lost children to HIV/AIDS that cheer us on in the blistering heat to let us know we are making difference. The silly costumes people will wear on themed days, I’ll be one of them, stay tuned. ;) The beautiful views from the route. Best of all, we will see thousands of people moving in the same direction for the same cause, as a team, driven by love for one another. 

This is how we roll!

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