For the third year I photographed Braking the Cycle, the three-day, 275-mile AIDS ride from Boston to New York to benefit the HIV/AIDS services of the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. This year we raised more than $400,000 for an all-time total of nearly $3 million over the nine-year history of the ride. The energy and spirit of the riders and volunteer crew was unbelievable, and it shows in the photos.
I followed the entire route with a driver in an SUV, visiting the rest stops, stopping on the road where the scenery was beautiful, and hanging out the back of the SUV keeping pace with the riders while photographing them in action. The ride concluded with a moving ceremony on the steps of the LGBT Community Center.
This is the first of a three-part series on my photos from Braking the Cycle. Click here to see the complete photo galleries from the event.