We Ride to End AIDS

Each year, more than 2,800 people from across the nation and world come together. Over the course of a week, they make an epic 545 mile journey down the coast of California, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In AIDS/LifeCycle 2021, 2,300 Cyclists and more than 650 volunteers raised a record $17.8 million for critical HIV & AIDS services provided by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Our Mission

At AIDS/LifeCycle, our mission is to unite individuals in a collective effort to make a meaningful impact on the fight against HIV & AIDS. By joining us, you will play a crucial role in supporting vital services and ending HIV & AIDS stigma.

Our History

AIDS/LifeCycle is a 7 day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, co-produced by and benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We make sure that pedaling those miles is all you have to focus on – our teams take care of the rest. Throughout the year, we’ll have opportunities and events to help you train, fundraise, and make it to the starting line with water in your bottles, air in your tires, and everything else you need to be ready for the Ride. The event raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and funds services such as HIV testing, prevention, care, and much more. 

The Ride began in 1994 and was called the “California AIDS Ride.”  In 2002, it was rebranded as AIDS/LifeCycle. Since 1994, participants have raised more than $300 million for the HIV and AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. In the seven days it takes AIDS/LifeCycle to reach Los Angeles, more than 650 people in the United States will become infected with HIV.



Benefiting Agencies

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation promotes health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV, through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships. Ultimately, they strive for a day when: race is not a barrier to health and wellness; substance use is not stigmatized; HIV status does not determine quality of life; and HIV transmission is eliminated.

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Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Center provides 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.

“‘Year-after-year, AIDS/LifeCycle continues to be a critical way that we raise support for HIV services, increase awareness about the impact of HIV, and come together in solidarity as a community,’ said Tyler TerMeer, PhD, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and 12-time AIDS/LifeCycle participant. ‘We are able to provide lifesaving services in our community, that contribute to our city’s goal of getting to zero new HIV infections, thanks to the enduring commitment of AIDS/LifeCycle participants.’”
Dr. Tyler TerMeer, PhDCEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Dr. Tyler TerMeer, PhD
“‘After more than 40 years, the fight to end this epidemic continues,’ said Joe Hollendoner, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. ‘The contributions of thousands of people who are part of the AIDS/LifeCycle community—riders, roadies, staff, and donors—provide the resources necessary to continue this fight. The donations, through hard work and determination, support medical care and social services to those living with HIV and make it possible to offer prevention tools, such as PrEP, to people most at risk of becoming infected. I am so proud to be a part of this community that continues to fight every day to bring an end to this epidemic.’”nar dapibus leo.
Joe HollendonerCEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center
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Your Dollars at Work

AIDS/LifeCycle has a twenty-year average of a 33.9% cost of fundraising. When donating to AIDS/LifeCycle, your dollars are directed immediately to one of San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s or the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s life-saving programs.

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