With a seventy two mile ride yesterday, the training is finished. Fund-raising successful. It’s down to the wire, and NorCal AIDS Cycle is here!
Thursday morning at 7:00 am, one-hundred cyclists plus support crew will begin the four day journey from Beals Point at Folsom Lake. We’ll make a big loop through Northern California, passing through Newcastle, Marysville, Gridley, Oroville, Durham, Willows, Williams, Capay Valley, Woodland, Winters, Davis, and finishing up on Sunday at noon at Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento.
I wish to thank each and every one of you for joining our team with your financial support. It’s because of you this ride is such a success. I am pleased to say that individually, I exceeded my goal of $7,000. And as of today day our group total surpassed $275,000 to help fund HIV/AIDS service agencies in Northern California.
I must admit, I’m a little apprehensive. 330 miles is a long way to ride, and even though this is my fourth year, I’m still a little nervous, especially considering the hot weather which is forecast. But with the support of the other riders, a first-class support crew, and all of you back home, I know I can make it.
As I did last year, I am dedicating this ride to my friend Ken Piercy, who succumbed to AIDS on April 10th of 2011. He was loved by many and an inspiration to me, and a long time member of the Cathedral Choir. And I am riding in companionship with my awesome team the River City Roadies! For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, look for daily updates! And I hope some of you can join us at Cesar Chavez park on Sunday at noon, for our closing ceremony. There will be music, tears, food trucks, and lots of other fun stuff. Again, I am DEEPLY appreciative of your generosity and willingness to support someone with HIV whom you will never know. I love you all.