AIDS/LifeCycle First Update

Dennis Shine, ready to ride.

Dennis Shine, ready to ride.

Raffa Managed Accounting Services partner Dennis Shine is officially off and biking! He is participating in California’s AIDS/LifeCycle Ride to end AIDS, and is already on Day 2 of the 7-Day, 543.1 mile ride.

Dennis sent us some photos and a quick update about how his first day went.

At right, Dennis (center, top row) is photographed with his fellow ride participants from the Capitol Bike Chain during the opening cermonies.

At right, Dennis (center, top row) is photographed with his fellow ride participants from the Capitol Bike Chain during the opening cermonies.

Dennis flew in to San Francisco from the east coast on Friday night with Raffa’s official custom-made jersey in tow.

Pictures from Day 1 seem festive but Dennis writes that he was anxious all weekend and a bit spent (and tired!) by all the lead up to the actual start of the ride.

Orientation was Saturday which left little time to adjust to the time change. Then Sunday came, and they were off!

Day1With a huge crowd to send them off in San Francisco, the day dawned with the sun shining. It seemed like a great day to start an incredible journey down the California coast.

And then, typical for California, Dennis writes that the weather changed and all 2200 riders experienced fog, rain, and as Dennis says, he “felt a few drops of sleet for a second.”

“Depending on the elevation we were climbing the weather could drop 10 degrees within minutes. This make a big difference when you are on a bike.”

Dennis runs with the bulls at a pit stop.

Dennis runs with the bulls at a pit stop.

Eventually there was sun and Day 1 ended in Santa Cruz after 84 miles of biking. A harder day than expected.

All the pit stops along the route are theme-based, so the Capitol Bike Chain group had a great time with the Running of the Bulls.

Day2Day 2 is the longest day of riding with 109.2 miles from Santa Cruz to King City, but race organizers assured the riders that the route would be “relatively flat.” After Dennis’ experience on Day 1, he writes, “I don’t think that (flat) exists in CA.” Let’s send Dennis all our good thoughts to get him through today (and hope the race organizers are right)!

Dennis wants everyone to know that you are with him every pedal stroke of the journey, and thanks you for your continuous support.

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