Why I Ride (By Jorge R.)

Truth be told, I haven’t ridden a bicycle in over six years.  The last time I did was shortly after completing the seven day long AlDS Life Cycle #1.  That bicycle ride was over 600 miles long and went from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  I found it to be one of the best experiences of my life.   I did that ride to prove to myself that I could push myself physically past the boundaries that I knew.   I was right.   Physically I accomplished more than I ever expected.   What I did not expect were all the psychological and spiritual benefits I received from riding alone on a bicycle for eight hours a day.   There is a lot of time to think.   There is a lot of time to reflect.   There is a lot of time to cry and a lot of time to laugh.   I did them all, alone, riding through the beautiful hills and countrysides of California.  Wow.

However, there was something missing.   Even though the money I raised went to help people with HIV in San Francisco and Los Angeles, my fundraising did nothing to help my own neighbors.   Since that time, I have wanted to create a similar experience here in Orange County.   I wanted to give the cyclists from Orange County the opportunity to help their own community… help their own neighbors…the people of Orange County living with HIV and AIDS.    It has to start locally.    That is why I am helping to create this inaugural Orange County Ride for AIDS (OCRA).

Trust me, the benefits YOU will receive by riding in the OCRA…pushing yourself more than you know you can…conquering every hill in front of you…having time to think about your life…is more than you will ever be able to give back.  But you will be giving back.   Participating in OCRA is a win-win situation.

Do the ride.  Help others.   Do the ride.  Learn about yourself.    That’s why I will be riding in OCRA, Saturday, October 9th 2010.

It will be an experience of a life time.

Posted: June 7, 2010


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