HIV/AIDS fundraisers depart SF on bikes


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The 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle trek to Los Angeles is expected to raise $10.5 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Bicyclists train for months for the weeklong ride and raise a minimum of $3,000 each to support the work of the two sponsoring organizations.

The event has raised about $50 million to fight AIDS since it began in 2002, organizers said.

There are 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, one in six of whom are Californians, according to LifeCycle officials.

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