About The Ride 2020-05-15T17:25:38-04:00

Cycle for the Cause is a bucket list-worthy experience. Every September, hundreds of people just like you gather to support New York’s LGBT Community Center. Over three days, we stay in hotels together, eat meals together and make memories together as we ride our bikes 275 miles from Boston to New York, passing through more than 50 cities in between—all to raise money and awareness in the fight to end HIV and AIDS. So far we have raised more than $16 million to fund the critical HIV and AIDS services The Center provides 365 days a year. When it’s over, a group that arrived as hundreds of strangers departs as friends.

And don’t worry: It’s also fully supported. That means you’re completely taken care of along the way: comfy hotel rooms, delicious meals, transportation from New York to the starting line, bike shipping, tons of super fun rest stops every few miles and even massages! We have 24 years of Northeast AIDS Ride history under our spandex, so we’ve got you covered.

The Cycle for the Cause experience extends way beyond the Ride, and it starts right now! All you have to do is register, and you’ll find an entire community to help you conquer your training, blow past your fundraising goal and—best of all—meet amazing new friends.

What are you waiting for?

Register today to be part of the Ride of a lifetime and help The Center end AIDS.


Why We Ride

For over 35 years, The Center has been the heart and home of New York City’s LGBTQ community. We are a leader in providing comprehensive, community-based HIV and AIDS prevention and education, as well as support and programs for people living with HIV.

When you participate in or donate to Cycle for the Cause, the funds are earmarked specifically for The Center’s HIV/AIDS programs and services (this is known as “restricted funds,” meaning the money can only be used for this purpose). We know that participating in Cycle for the Cause is no small undertaking—but take a minute to consider the impact you will make.

Your Impact

By joining Cycle for the Cause and raising funds, you are directly supporting The Center’s HIV prevention, education and support programs. Here’s how your help ensures that The Center can sustain and develop programs to provide HIV education and prevention, and actively address the needs of people living with HIV.

For every $2,750 raised, The Center can provide:
One young person with a paid Center Youth internship, training them to become sexual health educators and help their peers make informed decisions.

For every $1,000 raised, The Center can provide:
A person living with HIV one year of case management services to find housing, get medication assistance and access mental health care.

For every $600 raised, The Center can provide:
A person living with HIV with individual, family and group counseling for three months.

For every $250 raised, The Center can provide:
A person with assistance enrolling in health insurance and accessing health care options for affordable HIV medications.

For every $100, The Center can provide:
Three young people with HIV testing and safe sex counseling sessions.

About The Center

Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.

Since our founding, The Center has been fully committed to providing HIV and AIDS services to our community. We offer free rapid HIV testing; counseling for individuals, groups, couples and families; plus a variety of events, speakers and social gatherings for people living with HIV and their loved ones.

We maintain this commitment in all aspects of our work. In 2015, Executive Director Glennda Testone served on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force. The resulting plan, the Governor’s Blueprint on Ending the AIDS Epidemic, includes vital work that The Center does every day to support the community and ultimately end AIDS.

Visit The Center to find out more—we’re open 365 days a year!


Cycle for the Cause would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and community partners. We are proud to recognize our sponsors for their commitment to our community, Cycle for the Cause, and the fight to end AIDS.

For sponsorship opportunities please email cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org.

Grand Sponsor

Official Medical Partner

Official Lunch Sponsor

Official Apparel

Endurance Sponsor


We honor the commitments that Riders and Crew have made to raise money and train for a 275 mile ride to help end AIDS, as well as the personal stories that motivate them. We are also sure to have a crazy good time on the Ride! From Red Dress Day, to rest stops, to evenings at the hotels, Cycle for the Cause is so much more than just a bike ride.