Pallotta Teamworks is the proud sponsor of over thirty charity events, supporting issues from suicide
prevention to poverty, from AIDS issues to breast cancer awareness
The California AIDS Ride is Pallotta’s first
and flagship event. It is also the longest ride over the longest
time. At 560 miles over 7 days, the event travels a quarter the
distance of a Tour de France in a third of the time. It is grueling.
It is challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. It, and
events like it, can also be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.
5:30 a.m., San Francisco California. It’s
still dark, and the chill air off the Bay is shocking. Starting
at 7:00 a.m. and for almost three hours, 2,500 bicycles roll out
of a huge holding facility, spinning down a quarter-mile row of
supportive cheering crowds. By the end of mile two they’re
climbing out of the Presidio, the first of a hundred or more hills
and with eighty-seven miles left to ride today. The sun is out,
the air is warming, and the noise of hundreds of bicycles and riders
surrounds you. Local police station the stop signs, guiding traffic
and waving you through. Bikes pile up five wide and twenty deep
at every traffic light as you pass and get passed and pay attention
Adrenalin is high after the sleepless night, and
people laugh, chat, offer good mornings. The joy that is created
by the community of the ride makes the coming miles seem bearable,
Fifteen miles roll by and you notice a crowd of
bikes peeling off the street and pulling into a coffee house, where
twenty bikes with rider numbers affixed already lean against a building.
Two miles later you hit the first pit stop: fill up water and sports
drink bottles, grab half a Cliff Bar and climb back on. Wave at
the people directing you back to the route.
You have seventy-four miles to go today, and five
hundred and sixty miles left this week.
For information about all Pallotta Teamworks events
and to learn how you can participate, visit the Pallotta Teamworks
web site at www.pallottateamworks.com.