2010 was our inaugural year.
Early in the morning of October 10, 2010, nearly 100 riders gathered at Saddleback College, the start and finish of the Inaugural Orange County Ride for AIDS.
The cyclists participated in either a 100-mile Century ride, or a 62.5 mile (100 kilometer) Metric Century ride. Riders of every level were represented and welcomed to participate to ride within their comfort levels. The century course took participants through Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Irvine, Tustin, Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel before returning to Saddleback College.
This historical event was successful on many levels. Riders pushed themselves to achieve success in fundraising as well as both physical and mental achievements of completion. AIDS Services Foundation received nearly $100,000 in donations from the event.
In 2011, the ride grew a bit and so did the strength and passion of our riders. Although we still hovered around the 100 rider mark, the funds raised by those riders did increase by about 20%! Even more of our riders attempted the Century Ride and we gained increased support and recognition from the biking community. The general consensus of participating riders was that, in just two years, OCRA had turned into one of the most well-planned and supported rides in the county!
The 5th annual ride in 2014 ride was our most successful to date. We raised $125,000 and attracted more than 170 riders to the cause. We also took steps to make our route safer for the families and less experienced participants riding in the 30-mile Taste of OCRA route. Moving the start and finish to the William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine allowed for the safest ride to date!
Please join us as we ride for a reason!