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A cyclist cruises by Mission San Miguel on Tuesday morning.

Thousands of bike riders in town Tuesday

Paso Robles is an official stop for the AIDS/LifeCycle

AIDS/LifeCycle in Paso RoblesIf you are wondering why there are so many cyclists riding through town today, the answer is the AIDS/LifeCycle fundraising bike ride.

Over 2,000 riders will cruising in to Paso Robles Tuesday as part of a giant fundraiser for AIDS. The bike riders will be camping over night at the Mid-State Fairgrounds. They are riding in 66.7 miles in from San Lorenzo Park in King City and depart Wednesday morning for Santa Maria.

It’s a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

The goals of AIDS/LifeCycle:

  • Raise funds to support the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation;
  • Increase awareness and knowledge about the services and programs offered by the benefiting organizations;
  • Increase awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors and the general public;
  • Increase AIDS activism and volunteerism among the participant and donor communities, inspiring them to become ambassadors in the fight against AIDS;
  • Provide a positive, life-affirming experience for people affected and infected by HIV;
  • Contribute to an increased understanding of the disproportionate impact HIV has had on the GLBT communities in SF and LA;
  • Encourage an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for those affected by HIV and AIDS.


AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride schedule through Central Coast

The AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride will move through Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties this week in the following locations:

  • On Monday, June 2, the cyclists leave Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1 through Moss Landing before reaching southbound Hwy. 101 before ending their day in Monterey County at San Lorenzo Park in Gonzalez.
  • On Tuesday, June 3, the riders will proceed along Hwy. 101 near Jolon towards the Paso Robles Fairgrounds in San Luis Obispo County.
  • On Wednesday, June 4, the riders will leave Paso Robles along Hwy. 46 West to Hwy. 1 south towards Pismo Beach before stopping at Preisker Park in Santa Maria.
  • On Thursday, June 5, the riders will leave Santa Maria headed on State Route 135 to State Route One near Orcutt before stopping at River Park in Lompoc.
  • On Friday, June 6, the riders will leave Lompoc and use Hwy. 246 and U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County before stopping at Bates Road in Ventura County.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to maintain a safe environment for the motorists, cyclists and support vehicles. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

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