A group of 225 bicycle riders and crew raised a record $330,000 for AIDS research and related organizations during a four-day trip through Northern California.
The NorCal AIDS Cycle event will benefit 11 different regional AIDS organizations, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Osborn.
The cycling event was the only AIDS fund-raising event of this year as two other events Oscar night and the Capitol AID Walk weren't put on.
Money raised from the cycle event will help HIV positive youth, provide food and dental care and support an array of organizations in Northern California including: CARES Clinic Dental Program, Golden Rule Services, SANE, Breaking Barriers, Harm Reduction Services, River City Food Bank, Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation, Caring Choices, Shasta Trinity Tehama HIV Food Bank, Sunburst Projects, and the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center.
Osborn said the $330,000 bested last year's $304,000 raised, She said $7 of every $10 raised goes directly to the 11 groups, with the remainder used to help the riders pull off the four day event.
She said 125 cyclists, assisted by 75 crew members, traversed 330 miles Thursday through Sunday morning. The cyclists went from Folsom Lake's Beals Point to Gridley, then on Williams and then Woodland, and finished at the state Capitol.
Since its found in 2005, the cycling event has raised $1.2 million.