Former Bulldog takes a long bike ride to raise money

Highway 91 along the coast offers some terrific views for the cyclists.

Signatures on the participant list come from areas ranging from Alaska, Ivory Coast, Iowa, New York, Germany and Australia.

This is the inflated start/finish line gate.

Rich Dewilde shows off his sleeved shirt commemorating his participating in the 545 mile fundraising bike ride.

Half way to L.A.!

A former Altus Bulldog from 1983, Rich Dewilde, recently completed the California AIDS Lifecycle fundraising event.

The event consists of 2,300 cyclists endure a grueling 545 mile bike ride along the West coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The long ride is spread over a 7 day and traverses over 25,000 ft of elevation change. Each rider is tasked to raise $3,000 to got to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“The event was a major physical challenge,” said DeWilde. “I had participated in the event in 1999 and 2000 so, I knew what to expect. I started training 6 months in advance of the ride. I thought I knew what to expect. However, with 15 years going by since I last rode in the event, I knew is would be tough. Fortunately, living in San Francisco provides great places to train since there are many hills.”

The event set a new record in the amount of funds raised. $16.3 million from generous donors was the event total.

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