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Cal team preps for AIDS/Life Cycle, June 1-7

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— A 25-member Cal team is gearing up for the 2008 AIDS/LifeCycle, an annual week-long bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The Bears — sporting originally designed blue and gold jerseys (with just a dash of AIDS-ribbon red) — will ride out at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, June 1, from San Francisco's Cow Palace. The first leg of the 545-mile ride will take them as far Santa Cruz. They will reach the City of Angels on Saturday, June 7.

The team, in all, includes 15 student cyclists and 10 staff members — only two of whom are LifeCycle ride veterans. "We have a lot of first timers, a lot more undergraduates, and several first-year students," says roadie Christine Shaff, team co-captain and communications manager for the campus's Facilities Services unit. "Their commitment to raise a minimum of $2,500 and train for the ride — while juggling their studies and other activities — inspires and amazes me."

The 2008 Cal contingent (team #142) has been in training since January. To contribute to the team or to individual riders, see their AIDS/LifeCycle web page. (For team members listed in the orange box on the right, contributions go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; for all other team members, contributions benefit the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.)

Daily reports (and photos) documenting the Cal team's journey down the Pacific coast will be posted online.