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Cyclists with AIDS/LifeCycle ride pedaling through SLO County

A cyclist participating in AIDS/LifeCycle 2013 pedals past Mission San Miguel on Tuesday, June 4. The seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raises money for the fight against AIDS.
A cyclist participating in AIDS/LifeCycle 2013 pedals past Mission San Miguel on Tuesday, June 4. The seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raises money for the fight against AIDS. The Tribune

Thousands of cyclists will leave Paso Robles on Wednesday for Santa Maria for the fourth leg of the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride.

The fundraiser takes 2,300 cyclists and 650 volunteer “roadies” on a journey that started Sunday in San Francisco and ends Saturday in Los Angeles. The riders traveled to the Paso Robles Event Center from King City on Tuesday.

Wednesday, they plan to start at 6:30 a.m., riding south on Riverside Avenue to 12th Street, crossing to Vine Street and then onto Highway 46 West and south on Highway 1. They will stop for lunch at Cuesta College from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ride organizers said.

They will then pass through San Luis Obispo via Broad Street/State Route 227, riding into the South County on back roads to Nipomo Regional Park before stopping at Santa Maria for the night, organizers said.

The ride, now in its 13th year, is designed to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS as well as raise funds for the AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

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