Samantha Rides Again and Wants to Honor Your Loved One

I’m doing it again! Raising money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. On Sunday, June 3, I begin riding my my bike (along with 2,500 other riders) for 7 days and 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle 11.  AIDS/LifeCycle is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world and last year’s ride raised over $13 million!

I’m happy to report I have reached my $3,000 fundraising goal and couldn’t have done it without the help of Sophia and our very own Fiction Vixen readers! Thank you to those who donated to make this ride for me possible. Thank you for choosing to support this cause.

If you have a loved one or friend that has been affected by HIV or AIDS, I would love to honor that person by writing their name on the red ribbon that will be tied to my helmet while I ride. I will also write their name on the ALC banner on the day of orientation. Several of you have already given me a name to write on the ribbon – thank you!

Send me the name of your loved one by May 31 via:

  1. DM on Twitter (@samanthacycles)
  2. In the comments section below
  3. Or email me at Samanthacycles(at)
I am even honoring a book character on my ribbon: David from the book A Note in the Margin. Readers of this fantastic book will know why. 😉

Last year I had fun sharing pictures with Sophia while I biked across CA. I’ll be doing it again this year too. I’m excited to wear this year’s Red Dress Day costume – I’ve stepped it up this year – it may involve ruffles and skulls.

Thank you everyone!



  1. says

    I am so grateful that I don’t have a name to add to the ribbon. It’s so awesome that you do this and I’m honored to support your ride. xoxo

  2. Sandy Pochapin says

    Hi Samantha!

    If you happen to see the guys that drive the truck that follows the riders and carries staging and other stuff that is set up and taken down every day of the ride, say hellol. One of them is my brother, Lee Pochapin. Lee (and his ex wife Cheryl) have both been working as unpaid staff on the Life Cycle ride out of San Francisco for several years now — this is at least their fourth time. They don’t have to do it but they give up vacation time and volunteer to help out.

    Ride safely!

    • says

      Sandy, it’s wonderful to hear your brother is a roadie! Being a roadie is extremely hard work, and us riders believe it’s actually way harder than riding! Please let him (and the ex?) know how much I appreciate him volunteering and being a part of ALC. We couldn’t ride without the tremendous support out on the road.

  3. Dani Koff says

    I’m also glad I don’t have a name to give you. I think you’re awesome for doing it. Good luck and I hope you have a great time. ;o)

  4. says

    Oh Sam, I just love you so much for doing this! I’ve already given you my name, but I can’t thank you enough for your thoughtfulness. *huge hugs and sloppy kisses*

  5. Rainie says

    I would love for you to honor my Uncle, Godfather and one of my bestest friends. His name was James A. Sosa and he lost his battle against AIDS on Febuary 4, 1996. The loss of him to this disease is felt aas if we loss him yesterday. Thank you for honoring him and everyone who has been touched by AIDS.