The other AIDS rides.
The Other AIDS Rides You don't have to pedal to New
York or L.A. to participate in an AIDS charity bike ride--these
smaller U.S. treks are just as inspiring (and tiring).
Texas Hill Country Hawaii Paradise Ride
Ride (April 30-May 1) (July 9-1 S)
Nuts & 125 miles from Austin to 300 miles across Oahu,
spokes Spicewood, 2 days, 270 Maui, and Kauai, 7 days,
riders, $600 to participate, 55 riders, $2,500 to
benefits 10 AIDS organizations participate, benefits
serving all of central AIDS organizations
Texas serving each island
Terrain Winding back roads Moderate hills covered
through hills covered in with tropical flora.
blooming wild flowers "Keep the water [ocean]
to your right," advises
rider Jim Wolff.
Traditions Award for funniest helmet. High-energy hula dances
Last year's winner was every night
festooned with martini
glasses in memory of a
friend with a yen for
Energy Fix Fajitas and barbecue Ripe mangos, papaya, and
spam musubi (a local
Muscle Hot-shower truck and a Open-air beach showers
relaxer plethora of able-bodied and massages, cool ocean
Wisconsin AIDS Ride Montreal to Boston
(August 4-7) AIDS Vaccine BikeTrek
Nuts & 350 miles starting and 425 miles from Montreal
spokes ending in Madison, 4 days, to Boston, 5 days, 91
110 riders, $1,200 to riders, $500 suggested to
participate, benefits participate, benefits
Madison AIDS Network UCLA AIDS Institute and
the Emory Vaccine Center
Terrain Country roads, several Quebec is flat, but once
mile-long hills, cliffside you enter the U.S. of A.
outlooks onto fields of it ranges from rolling
sunflowers hills to steep inclines
to mountains. Highlight:
cycling by Walden Pond
Traditions "Watermelon Man" hosts Day four is "Dress in Red
an annual watermelon Day" (or, as some gay men
seed-spitting contest and prefer, "Red Dress Day")
the "Frozen Butt Club" is a
group of motorcycle riders
who apply tattoos and
host balloon tosses.
Energy Fix Riders earn popsicles after Gu energy gel by day,
conquering the most high-carb pasta dishes
grueling incline, nicknamed by night
"Popsicle Hill: "Well-wishers
along the route
pass out candy, ice cream
bars, and cookies.
Muscle Cucumber facials from Masseurs? "Not
relaxer dedicated medical crew, professional ones," says
showers in school locker rider Tom Shaw.
rooms, chiropractors "Campgrounds have
showers, and if you take
the 'Princess Tour,' so
does your motel room."