I would like to take a moment and point you at two AIDS Lifecycle rider homepages:
Bill Delaney’s “Why I Ride”
J.R.’s homepage (J.R. is Bill’s partner, and is HIV+)
Stories like this are what keeps me riding. AIDS is not over–I have friends who would be dead today if not for the services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and its sister organizations.
In all seriousness, the tutus are fun, but AIDS is what keeps me out there in the freezing cold or on the hellaciously boring trainer or coming back from injuries. What I’m doing–the money I raise–saves lives. I don’t forget that–especially since I know so many people with HIV and AIDS–but stories like this really bring it home.