LOMPOC, Calif. -- As AIDS/LifeCycle 11 participants get closer and closer to the finish, they let loose on Day 5, Thursday, June 7 during "Red Dress Day."
Sean Suydam, the San Diego training ride leader whom SDGLN is following on his AIDS/LifeCycle journey this year, said that the day is a fun way for riders and volunteers to let loose after completing more than half of the 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The tradition started years ago with cyclists dressing in red to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS but over the years morphed into many of the riders donning red dresses, Suydam said.
"There is a point on the ride that day, when we pass Vanderberg Air Force Base, and you get to the top of this hill and can look down at the sea of cyclists wearing red dresses and it looks like a giant red ribbon," Suydam said.
Numerous San Diegans participated in the "Red Dress Day" including Carin Scheinin and Jennifer Crick, who both wore red dresses, and Suydam, who wore a red superhero costume. Other photos show participants in all sorts of creative red costumes, including drag outfits, spandex, cheerleaders and others.
Today, Day 6, participants will get closer and closer to the end, pedaling through Santa Barbara toward Ventura. The ride will conclude Saturday during the annual LA Pride Celebration.
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Scenes from last year's Red Dress Day