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.