1. What is LBAR?
The Long Beach AIDS Ride (LBAR) is a fundraising event produced by, and benefitting The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach (The Center) and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education (C.A.R.E.) program at St. Mary Medical Center. The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses. LBAR is also a platform to increase positive, life-affirming experiences for people affected and infected by HIV and to encourage activism in the Greater Long Beach community.
2. When is LBAR?
Due to a planning and permitting issues the date for the 3rd Annual Long Beach AIDS Ride has been changed on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Alfredo’s Beach Club located near the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Granada, across from Ripples Nightclub. Start times will stay the same.
3. What time should I arrive on the day of the event? What time does the ride begin?
• Cyclists riding the 40-mile and 75-mile routes are asked to arrive at 6 am on the day of the ride to gear up, prep bikes, load water bottles and check tire pressures.
• The official program will begin at 7 a.m.
• 75-mile riders will depart Alfredo’s Beach Club at 7:30 a.m.
• 40-mile riders will depart soon after the first group at 8 a.m.
• 8-mile riders are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. Their ride will begin at 10 a.m.
4. How old do I have to be to ride?
Participants of the 75-mile and 40-mile tracks must be 18-years or older. Riders of all ages are welcome on the 8-mile Family Fun Ride; however, a consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian for any 8-mile rider under the age of 18. Any 40 or 75 mile rider under the age of 18 who is interested in participating can call (562) 434-4455 and ask for a ride buddy for special accommodations and instructions.
5. Do I have to be a fundraiser?
LBAR is a fundraising event to support HIV/AIDS/STD programs and services at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and The C.A.R.E Program at St. Mary’s Hospital. For 2015 LBAR will raise the needed funds from the registration fee and not make fundraising for each rider a requirement.
• Riders of the 40-mile and 75-mile registration will start at $60 and $80. Registration will increase $5 each on November 7th. Riders in these categories can choose to ask for donations to go towards their ride either electronically using their Active.com fundraising page or by cash or check at The Center.
• Family Fun Riders do not have to fundraise, but can if they want to help a little more. There is only a $40 registration fee, plus and an additional $5.00 per child. Starting November 7th, registration will increase $5 each.
6. What does the registration fee go towards?
We try to make LBAR pay for itself with sponsorship contributions and community donations. Your registration fee will mostly go towards our fundraising goal, but also covers the cost of pit stop fruits, snacks and water as well as supplies each rider will need to ensure they have a fun and safe ride.
7. What if someone wants to donate with cash or check rather than electronically?
Check – If a donor would like to contribute to your fundraising goal by check, please have them make the check payable to: The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.
Have them mail the donation to:
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Attn: Ismael Morales
2017 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
In addition, please have them note the rider’s name in the memo section so we know who to credit.
Cash – Cash donations can be dropped off at the Center and given to anyone in the Health Services Department. Please provide the Health Services Representative with the name of the rider so the proper fundraising page may be credited. If you would like your name to appear on the rider’s fundraising page as a donor please include your name as well. We do not encourage mailing cash.
8. What if I get lost along the route?
There will be Safety and Gear (SAG) crews who will help guide you along the ride to avoid getting lost and transport you to the next Pit Stop if you start falling behind. Also, each pit stop will track each rider by using logging each individual bib number as they pass a pit stop.
9. What if my bike breaks down?
There will be two bike techs at two locations on the ride:
• Start/Finish Line
• Pit Stop #3
If your bike breaks down, a Safety and Gear (SAG) team will take you to the nearest bike tech and they will help service your bike.
10. Can I ride a fixed-gear bike?
A fixed gear bike would be okay for the 8-mile ride since there are little to no hills. If you’re doing the 40 or 75-mile rides a fixed-gear would not be recommended. It would be difficult to go up hill and controlling your speed downhill would be extremely difficult.
Your safety comes first and because this is only the third year for LBAR we are still learning how each type of bicycle would work for each of the 3 routes.
11. What are the highest and lowest elevation points of the ride?
The 40 and 75 mile routes have what are called “rolling hills” that are gradual and consistent throughout the ride. The highest point in the 40-mile route is the climb at the turn-around point about 92ft above sea level, a steady climb not steep at all.
The highest point in the 75-mile route is entering highway 133 that will take you down to Laguna Beach about 416ft above sea level. There are some steady climbs with 2-3 steep, but short, climbs before you reach a steady descent toward the ocean with spectacular views of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and of the Pacific Ocean.
The 8-mile Family Fun Ride will be on designated bike paths, which are mostly flat. There will be a spiral steady climb to reach the turn-around point at Parker’s Lighthouse. The descent from the lighthouse and back to the finish line looks like a lot of fun!
12. Are there a lot of hills?
There are rolling hills and steady climbs throughout the 40 and 75 mile routes. There are steeper and longer climbs in the 75-mile route as opposed to the 40-mile route, but they are both doable with good training on switching gears and steady peddling. Don’t forget our route safety and support teams will be alongside you to help you get through the tough parts.
13. If I can’t finish?
We have all the confidence in the world that you will finish, but in the event that you cannot complete the ride a member of the SAG crew will gladly take you back to the start line.
14. How many pit stops are there along the ride?
Pit stops will be between 10-12 miles apart and will be staffed by LBAR volunteers and CARE Program medical teams. Each Pit Stop will be able to provide water, electrolytes, snacks (fruit, carbs and proteins) as well as access to first aid for minor injuries. Each Pit Stop will have access to the a mobile phone to contact the Support and Gear (SAG) Teams if a rider needs medical attention, transportation back to the start/finish line, or requires a bike tech.
• 75-mile ride has 6 pit stops
• 40-mile ride has 3 pit stops
• 8-mile Family Fun Ride has one water stop at the 2 mile mark and a pit stop at the turn around point at the 4 mile mark.
15. What should I do the day of the ride?
Please visit our LBAR Day of Ride Information Sheet
Have questions not covered on our FAQ page? Feel free to contact us with any other inquiries.