Keeping the Distance

Rider Information


Thank you for being a part of our 23rd Ride!

ABOUT THE AIDS RIDE FOR LIFE -  Cyclists Ride 102, 90, 69, 42, 25 or 14 miles around Cayuga Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.   Riders enjoy full support - Pit Stops with food, hydration, medical assistance, Safety and Gear (SAG) support and volunteer fans cheering them on.  We are once again finishing the last 10 miles on the Black Diamond Trail - beautiful and safe!  Riders will cross our finish line at Cass Park to applause, massages, comradery and ice cream!  At 5:15pm, Riders will ride to Stewart Park for our closing ceremonies and fabulous event dinner catered by Ithaca Bakery. 

BE PREPARED for a life changing, unforgettable experience.

HISTORY  We’ve got some serious history under our spandex.  The Ride remains STAP's major fundraising campaign and all around Fun Is Mandatory event! The first AIDS Ride was in September 1999, and we’ve been riding our bikes together ever since.  2021 marks our 23rd Ride together – 23 years of comradery to support important programs and services, 23 years closer to a world without AIDS.  

FUNDRAISING - How can I raise money?  We make it easy! All of the donations are tax-deductible. You can share your page on social media and email the link to friends and family. There are most likely many people who would love to donate for you to Ride your miles! For fundraising sample letters, suggestions and out Event Handbook - visit our website at

WHAT IS THE DONATION MONEY USED FOR?  100% of donations go to STAP and stay here in our eight-county region, helping to make our community a healthy place to live, work and grow.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR RAISING THE $300 MINIMUM ($200 for ARFL 2021)? Please turn in all of your donations by Friday, September 10th at Packet Pick up.  Checks can be mailed or checks and cash can be brought into our office at 314 W. State St., Ithaca NY  14950. If you have questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.  Director of Development, Mary Kaminsky,  607-798-1706 Ext 108. FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES!  HIGH GEAR CLUB - You can EARN fabulous gifts and enjoy a lovely after party in October by raising $1000, $2500, $5000 or more at our High Gear Club Party!  This wonderful post Ride event is truly a gathering of hearts.  Watch our newsletter for prize updates! SILVER SPOKE CLUB - Win fabulous prizes by raising $500 to $999

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN TIER AIDS PROGRAM - In the ever-changing landscape of the Coronavirus pandemic, STAP continues to innovate to meet the growing needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents.

Powered by our dedicated staff, community supporters, and creative partnerships, STAP has modified and expanded essential service to address rising, unemployment, food insecurity, escalation of opioid epidemic and other vulnerabilities. This is a deeply precarious and challenging time.

For people living in poverty and on the margins of society, your support means food, shelter, health care. Because without you, our lives and our community looks different. And not in a good way. Because without you, the work we do at STAP – a sector that puts people first – doesn’t happen. And people who are made to feel invisible in our communities remain unseen. And they deserve to be seen.

From the bottom of our hearts, for ourselves and the whole STAP community, we thank you.


Quick Steps


Register to participate in the AIDS Ride For Life 2021 and create your personal fundraising page - CLICK HERE


The minimum amount you need to raise is $200 for the 2021 year.  You will automatically become a member of our High Gear Club by raising $1000 or more! 


To make a donation to a Participant's or Team page on our SalsaLabs fundraising event platform - CLICK HERE


3) Pass the Safety Quiz!

Every rider must pass also pass the safety quiz in order to be allowed to ride on the day of the event. Watch the video here and then go on to take the quiz when you're ready!

4) Have a Training Plan

Whether you are an avid cyclist or new to biking, a good training plan can prepare you for a great experience on the day of the Ride. See the training manual in the download section and check out other helpful resources there!

Excited for the Ride? Why not pick up an official jersey to show your support?