Braking the Cycle, the 275-mile AIDS ride from Boston to New York, kicked off its 10th year with a party at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. This year’s ride will be the weekend of September 28-30, and the funds raised will support Housing Works. I’ve been involved with the ride for the entire 10 years, as their graphic designer, as well as volunteering on the crew, riding for four years, and photographing the three-day event for the last three years. I look forward to photographing it again in September.
Past and current riders and crew attended the party, as well as prospective new people, many of whom signed up that evening. Speeches by the leaders of the ride and the beneficiary were short but moving, and there was plenty of time before and after for mingling with old and new friends. For more information, visit Braking the Cycle’s website at www.brakingthecycle.org. It’s liberally illustrated with my photos from the 2011 ride.