Chasing Legends

Thanks to the heads up from Roger Sayer, he had seen a poster up for this being shown at the Castro, so I checked my schedule, arranged for a place to stay for the night and put it on the DSSF calendar. Sophie, Roger, Doug D and myself met up, Doug O caught up with Jaime and Roy (!). I thoroughly enjoyed it, the scenery, the interviews, and a bit of history thrown in, with a few laughs.

Chasing Legends Synopsis

Every so often a film will grab hold and entertain its audience in a way that leaves them begging for more. Known for their ability to produce such award-winning work, the rag-tag crew known as Gripped Films once again lives up to their name. Independently funded, filmed and produced with as much grit, passion and determination as their subjects, Gripped Films presents Chasing Legends, a feature length documentary following the HTC-Columbia Team through the 2009 Tour De France.
All of cycling is desperate for heroes they can believe in, Gripped Films gives them Team HTC-Columbia like they have never seen, through an intense and personal glimpse inside the most winning professional cycling team as told by the riders, current and past heroes. Included in the film will be commentary from Eddy Merckx, Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Jens Voigt, Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and many others.

Chasing Legends highlights the greatest heroes in professional cycling with a dramatic show of teamwork and panache from Team HTC-Columbia through the 2009 Tour de France. The film takes viewers on an absolutely epic ride into the race action. Using a multitude of high tech, high def cameras mounted on bikes, motorcycles, helicopters and team cars, Gripped Films will also include historical race footage, artistic travelogue of the European countryside and villages with narration from the voice of cycling for the USA, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

AIDS/LifeCycle 9 is here!

Tomorrow we head to the Cow Palace for orientation (Day 0), dropping off our bikes to be ready for ride out Sunday morning at 6;30am. We’ll watch the safety video (I heard it is new this year), and perhaps stand in a few other lines; pledge medical and tent, before check-in.

There are 25 current members riding this year, and as of this morning, Different Spokes members have raised over $119,000.00!

Riding this year are:

Adam Fritzler
Ben Marks
Chris Thomas
Dale Leininger
David Gaus
David Stouffer
Don Dodge
Eric Shangle
Frank Stelter
James Betbeze
James DeVinny
Janine Swanepoel
Jon Manzo
Joseph Collins
Joseph Pulice
Kevin Barden
Mitch Wood
Peter Graney
Roger Sayre
Scott Ciliberti
Serge Huard
Susan Fish
Thomas Nixon
Wanderson Carlos
William Bir

Six of us raised over $5k qualifying for the incentive jersey. Several others are close.

Six of us have been training ride leaders this year also: Chris Thomas, Janine Swanepoel, Joseph Collins, Joseph Pulice, Susan Fish, and myself.

Should have lots of pictures and stories to share. And if the iPad and WordPress app work in camp, perhaps even daily blog updates from the Ride.

World AIDS Day Ride

The Positive Pedalers invited DSSF to participate with them on the the 3rd Annual World AIDS Day Ride, an event designed to bring awareness to the Pandemic, now 29 years.

Dale Leininger, Ben Marks, Maurizio Franzini and Wanderson Carlos and myself joined the group for the 29 mile ride to Mill Valley and back. t was a gorgeous day for the ride, and we were greeted with fierce headwinds on our northbound crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Maurizio, Wanderson, David, Ben in Mill Valley

On the way back we stopped at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

Team DSSF ALC7 Fundraiser – Mardi Gras in April

On Sunday, Team Different Spokes San Francisco held our Fourth Annual team fundraising party at Michael Schmucki’s house to eat, drink, and talk about the upcoming AIDS LifeCycle.

We had a wonderful turnout and we raised a ton of money.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation volunteer Beau Thomsom spoke about the ride, the organization and the spirit of the ride.

Different Spokes members and guests to date pledged $7736.00!

We want to thank everyone who came to the party and made a contribution.

For those who could not make it but would like to lend their support, please visit AIDS/LifeCycle Team 146. Every dollar goes to support the programs and services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and is tax deductible.

Thanks Different Spokes!!

On Saturday, Team Different Spokes San Francisco held the Second Annual team fundraising party at Michael Schmucki’s house to eat, drink, and talk about the upcoming AIDS LifeCycle.

We had a wonderful turnout and we raised a ton of money.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation volunteer Rachel Frazier spoke about the ride, the organization and the pending legislation affecting the Ryan White Act and $19 million in funding the state will lose.

Different Spokes members and guests pledged $6,225.00!
We want to thank everyone who came to the party and made a contribution.

For those who could not make it but would like to lend their support, please visit AIDS/Lifecycle.org Team 120 . Every dollar goes to support the programs and services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and is tax deductible.

We held the raffle for those who donated and the winners are:
iPod 1GB white nano – Wly
iPod 1GB black nano – Jeffrey
One night stay, John Muir Inn – Greg
One night stay, John Muir Inn – Katrina
Professional Bike Fit, Revolutions in Fitness – Patrick
ALC tote bag – Stephanie
Knit hat with a bicycle motive – Les
Gold Gym mystery gift – Mindy

Team 120

The Different Spokes Team San Francisco members include: Alan Williams, Anne Zeller, Bart Narter (not pictured), Bill Bir, Chris Contos, Chris LaRussell, Dave Glidden (not pictured), David Fales, David Gaus, Jeff Pekrul, Joseph Collins, Kevin McKinney (not pictured), Kim Walsh (not pictured), Liz Andrews, Michael Schmucki, Roger Chapman, Scott Steffens and Tom Brock.

For those interested in learning more about the ride, Logo is currently broadcasting the documentary filmed last year during the event The Ride: Seven Days to End AIDS , the first episode aired last Monday.