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On the road again

This week I'm climbing on my bicycle in San Francisco and pedaling…to Los Angeles. I’ve done it several times now. Each time, usually around the halfway point, Pismo Beach, I say to myself, “There’s gotta be an easier way to get down to LA.” And each time, I answer myself: “Yep. There are easier ways. But none as rewarding.”

I’m riding with 2,500 of my closest friends in AIDS/Lifecycle 10, the tenth anniversary of this 550-mile seven-day trip that raises money to combat HIV/AIDS. I say “closest friends” because riders really do feel a kinship around the common cause they support.

As a FedEx team member (by which I mean both an employee of FedEx Express and one of the 26 riders wearing the FedEx colors on this year’s ride), I’m proud that my company is a sponsor of AIDS/Lifecycle for the sixth consecutive year and a presenting sponsor again this year.

Most of us riding on the FedEx team, like many FedEx team members around the world, have been touched by HIV/AIDS in one way or another, through experiences of friends or family. We all share the hope of seeing this scourge wiped off the earth in our lifetime, and we all share the belief that our contributions, added to those of all the other riders and their supporters, can help make that dream a reality.

It’s sobering for me to realize that the first known case of HIV/AIDS surfaced thirty years ago, and that this ride to help eradicate it has been going on a decade already. If I forget, my knees will remind me somewhere along the California coast that time is indeed marching on, even though these rides have given me a healthier outlook on life. But time has also brought real progress against HIV/AIDS, and it’s fundraising efforts like this one that have helped make that possible.

And I know when my creaky knees crank me into camp at the end of each day of the ride, I’ll be greeted by the brightly colored FedEx “Special Delivery” van staffed by our volunteer FedEx “roadies,” sharing pictures of the day’s ride and making things generally more enjoyable for all the riders.

Every day, FedEx delivers packages to many thousands of customers. I like to think that as I ride down the coast – quite a bit slower than our packages travel – that I’m helping deliver hope.

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You are welcome Louie....but I got first dibbs on your jersey...LOL

Thanks for all the well wishes. The ride was awesome again this year. I did not realize we had so many avid cyclist at FedEx! Unfortunately we do not have any extra jerseys. I have already signed up to participate in next years ride and would love to have more FedEx employees participate. If you would like to join us next year, please let me know! There are two ways to participate; as a cylcist or a roadie! Thanks again, Louie

Wooohoooo!!! Go Louie Gooooo!!! The best of luck to you and all the riders. I'll be rooting for yall all the way out here in Texas.

Way to go Louie! This is really awesome. You have my support from Memphis!

High five Louie! I lost my uncle to AIDS a few years a go, I ride too. So I would like to participate to your cause. Is it possible to purchase the Fedex cycling shirt and donate at the same time? tks

**I SAW YOU IN PISMO BEACH!!!** I am a Western Region trainer and I was teaching a class in Santa Maria. I couldn't help but notice the miles and miles of cyclists! When I saw the FedEx purple I was so proud! Thank you!

Welcome home riders! I was fortunate enough to ride ALC 5-7. ALC 7 I rode with Team FedEx and was a greater experience knowing the involvement we had in the event. If anyone is interested in riding or roadie ALC 11 let me know. PS:If anyone would be interested in forming a ALC 11 team?

Good luck & much success

Good luck to everyone on the ride. I am also interested in purchasing a jersey and jacket which I will wear proudly when I race in Ironman Canada this August.

Yes this is a wonderful ride. Since 1995 I have participated in this ride 15 times. By myself I have raised $85,000. Would like to continue this ride next year with my fellow Fed Ex employees until they release the cure. I lost my youngest brother to this virus May 16, 1990. Find the Cure, Release the Cure. Peace and Blessings, Jan Hardy LAX Hub

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