The AIDS/LifeCycle finish line is returning to West Hollywood at Fairfax High School on Saturday, June 8, during LA Pride weekend. The world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser held its finish line ceremony at Los Angeles City in Downtown last year.
Crossing the AIDS/LifeCycle finish line marks the tremendous accomplishments of thousands of cyclists, supported by hundreds of volunteer “roadies,” who complete their 7-day, 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Proceeds will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Participants depart from San Francisco on Sunday, June 2.
“Bringing back the finish line to West Hollywood was an easy decision for us to make because the ride and the city have a deep history that dates back more than 30 years. West Hollywood, disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS, embraced the ride when it began as California AIDS Ride,” said AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans. “We’re ‘going back to our roots’ and standing in unison with the city to make the bold statement: We will continue to ride until the epidemic is over. And with L.A. Pride taking place during the same weekend, our riders and roadies have more reasons to celebrate their heroic achievements with their families and friends!”
Families, friends, and other spectators are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists and roadies as they reach the AIDS/LifeCycle finish line. Participants will traverse east on Santa Monica Blvd., one of the major thoroughfares in West Hollywood, and then head south on N. Ogden Drive to reach Fairfax High School’s entrance. The spectators’ grandstand will be located at the southwest corner of Melrose Ave. and N. Ogden Dr.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the festival. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Volunteers can register online at aidslifecycle.org/volunteer.
AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors include Gilead, FedEx, Wells Fargo, and United Airlines. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It’s a life-changing ride— not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV transmissions and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV. Lear more at aidslifecycle.org.
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center’s nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundaion
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to eliminate HIV transmission and extend the longevity of people living with HIV through a network of direct services, public education and advocacy. Each year, more than 25,000 people look to San Francisco AIDS Foundation to access health services, find inclusive communities and gain a voice against discrimination and injustice at all levels of government. Learn more at sfaf.org.