After a couple of tough days on the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Loree Glenn and hundreds of other riders got to let loose a little bit with the ride’s “infamous Red Dress Day.” This is the day of the ride when anything goes when it comes to dressing in red. According to Loree’s husband Kevin: “Fashion goes out the window in favor of frivolity.”
Kevin Glenn posted this message on the Loree Glenn AIDS LifeCycle Fan Club Facebook page: “A little tired and battered, but perseverance prevails and the pedals keep turning. Go Loree! We’re all proud of you.” As Loree’s corporate sponsors for the last five years that she has undertaken this amazing adventure, all of us at BISNAR | CHASE are extremely proud of this Mission Viejo mom and what she has accomplished too.
We are sure that Loree has been inspired by many of the 2,700 ride participants many of whom have unique and significant stories to share. One of the moving stories posted today on the AIDS/LifeCycle web site is of Dwayne Carl whose message to the world and churches in particular is: “I’m HIV-positive; get ova it!” Carl, a long-time church member, was applying for the job of a choir director.
But, when church leaders found out that he was gay, Carl was turned down for the job. Carl accepted the decision, but left the church because he did not feel accepted there any more. From there on, he took it upon himself, to reduce stigma toward gay people and people with HIV and AIDS, especially in the church community. He says he has seen first-hand the terrible impact such stigma has on the black church communities.
People like Carl, Loree Glenn and thousands of others are not only working to promote awareness among the general public, but also to give people like Carl a voice. They deserve to be heard and they deserve to be treated like the rest of us – normal human beings.
Mission Viejo mom Loree Glenn made a commitment five years ago to ride 545 miles down the California coast with hundreds of others who shared her passion to eliminate AIDS from this planet. According to her husband Kevin, this year has been a challenging one for her with a broken toe, heavy rain and tough camping conditions. But, nothing has dampened her indomitable spirit.
Day three on Tuesday was the toughest, hilliest portion of the race. Kevin says the exhausted bunch spent Tuesday night in Paso Robles with wind and 41-degree temperatures overnight. Loree had a rough night Tuesday because she realized late in the evening, as she got ready to go to bed that her air mattress was leaking. To make matters worse, the tents were on hard concrete.
Her husband says last night may have well been the low point in the ride for Loree.
“She was physically and emotionally exhausted from a long day of pedaling, with no real way to resolve the problem given that the camp was pretty much in sleep mode,” he said. “She literally wound up using her cycling clothes and anything soft she could find, made a cocoon inside her oversized duffel bag to sleep in. It helps that she is only 5-foot-1.”
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The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reports that day two of the AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride turned out to be a challenge for both riders and roadies who had to stop their journey and take shelter from heavy rain at a King City church and college. Riders started out on the 85-mile leg from Santa Cruz Monday morning with a light drizzle. But the downpour became heavier through the day. About 500 riders in Salinas were moved to local organizations that opened their doors and hearts to provide support to the riders. But the ride continued on today on day three from King City to Paso Robles, a 65-mile hilly stretch known by many veteran riders as the most physically challenging portion of the ride.
Mission Viejo mom Loree Glenn, who is riding for the fifth straight year, endured the rain as her fellow riders did. Her husband, Kevin, reports that half of the ride was rained out on Monday. Heavy storms after lunch closed the route due to safety issues, he said.
“But our girl is alive and well, ready for day three,” he posted on their dedicated Facebook page late Monday night. Kevin also said that Loree is riding with a broken toe. “We’ll simply call it a fight with a rolling duffel bag wheel…which won.”
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When you sign up for a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride down the California coast, you’ve got to expect the unexpected. Today, the 2,500 riders and 750 volunteers – including Mission Viejo mom, Loree Glenn, who has embarked on this adventure for the fifth straight year – got the unexpected when it began to rain heavily during the late morning hours. The AIDS/LifeCycle riders had just completed day one of the initial 82.5-mile ride from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Today, according to the AIDS/LifeCycle web site, heavy rain delayed riders while they were at the lunch stop in Salinas or on their way to it. Many of the riders were transported to camp at King City where hot showers and meals were awaiting them.
Rain has not been a common occurrence in the event’s history. Previously, they have been lucky that it rained during the night when they were safely tucked away in their campsites. The event places tremendous importance on bicycle safety and has an excellent track record thanks to committed roadies who work very hard to ensure that the riders have a safe journey. It is not clear if the riders will be able to make up lost time tomorrow or if they may have to delay their arrival in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Kevin Glenn said today that he was hoping to get more updates from the road. But, among the challenges Loree is facing is the lack of an iPhone charger, which has made it impossible for her to communicate with her husband. He is still waiting to hear from her after he dropped her off in San Francisco over the weekend.
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Sunday was the first day of the AIDS/LifeCycle ride. Along with hundreds of others Mission Viejo mom Loree Glenn rode 82.5 miles of scenic roadway from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. She and other riders, as they neared the end of today’s beautiful ride, were greeted and thanked by a woman holding a beautiful handmade sign. It simply read: “Gary Stainback, 1950-1996. Thank you!” Stephanie Stainback has been welcoming riders at the AIDS/LifeCycle ride every year for may years. Stephanie lost her brother, Gary, to AIDS in 1996. According to statements made by her on the AIDS/Lifecycle web site, the day the ride passes through Santa Cruz is her favorite day of the year because she gets to celebrate her brother’s life with nearly 3,000 people who understand.
This is Loree Glenn’s fifth year of participation in this tremendously physically challenging ride. Her husband, Kevin, who dropped her off at San Francisco over the weekend says his wife trains all year for this event with a passion. Pilates, yoga, logging in hundreds if not thousands of miles – whatever it takes to get in shape for the event about which she is absolutely passionate.
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