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2017 Design Contest Winner

It’s official – The Positive Pedalers Jersey and T-Shirt design contest has a Winner!

Congratulations to Laura Sage for submitting the winning design!

Look for the article about the winning design and the designer in the December Positive Traction newsletter.

Click here for: Standard Jersey & Other Merchandise

Click here for: Supporter Jersey


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Doreen Gonzales awarded 2016 Stand-Up Award

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Tim Wood, President of the Board of Directors, presenting the award to Doreen.

Doreen has been a long-time supporter of PosPeds for over two decades, and has participated in every one of the California AIDS Rides and AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) rides. She has been a dedicated Training Ride Leader (TRL) for almost as many years as she has done the rides, was the first TRL (and tire change mentor) for many veteran riders in both NorCal and SoCal and recruited many hundreds of riders to join the ALC ride and this cause. She has been part of our Paul Hulse ride for many years and volunteers her time not just on the day, but also the day before to mark the entire route.

 

She is a tireless advocate and supporter and one of the most well-known faces (and voices) of the ALC community. We are honored to award Doreen with this year’s David Duncan Stand-up Award.

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Doreen accepting the award on PosPeds Day of AIDS/LifeCycle 2016.


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Board Member Spotlight | Buz Miller

— By Tim Wagoner

On my first ride for AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) in 2009, I remember meeting a man. He was a friend of some of the other riders with whom I had been riding. He seemed to be always having fun and making jokes. I later learned that his name was Buz. For several years he and I would tease each other about “cheating on one another” as if we were lovers. He lives in San Francisco and I live in Miami. And of course we only saw each other on the rides.
And now we are both board members of this organization! Who could have imagined that seven years ago?  It is no coincidence that I get to write this article about Buz, and learn more about him and share it with you all!

As told to me recently:

Buz, when and how did you learn about Positive Pedalers?
I learned about PosPeds from a friend who was a member.

Are you HIV Positive and openly out about it everywhere in your life?
On the training rides, it was repeatedly said, “There is no one left behind.” It was so true. That is what   made my first year a great experience, and what made me decide to join. When I first started training, I was telling a guy at the gym how amazing the group was and how much fun I was having.  He responded, “Aren’t you worried that someone will think you are positive?” That is when I realized that sigma is real, and so powerful. And at the same time, just talking about this was something that I had to do.

What is the most significant achievement you would like to be known for concerning the HIV Positive community, or more specifically for the HIV Positive Cycling community?
I am very proud to be one of the Training Ride Leaders (TRL) for the Sunday Positive Pedalers rides for ALC, here in San Francisco.

How many ALC rides have you participated in?
This will be my 10th year with ALC.

Are there other AIDS rides you participate in?
Not yet, but next year I’m going to travel to Austin, Texas and ride in the Hill Country AIDS ride. We have a new chapter there – Southern Texas Positive Pedalers and I want to ride in those hills too!  http://www.hcr2016.myorgworks.com/

What is something that you are proud of that not many people know about?
Most people don’t know I used to weigh 400lbs. Through my training and riding I have disappeared most of that excess weight.

What is something that you have on your “list of to-dos” (bucket-list) that you want to do?
One of the goals I have on my bucket list is to bike into Paris, France, on the same route, that the Tour de France cyclists use when they ride into the Avenue de Champs-Elysees!

What do you do for fun, or a hobby, when you are not riding or volunteering?
Riding my bike is my only hobby, and I ride all year long.

Any pets, children, etc?
I have one cat who had her 22nd birthday on 4/2/16. No children, … yet!

I admit that whenever I see Buz, I gravitate towards him, because his energy is contagious! And it is an energy that we all want.  When you are out there, training and riding, gravitate to Buz and get one of his hugs!

Thank you Buz for being there for our members!


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2016 Annual Positive Pedalers Dinner

You do NOT want to miss out this year! There are a limited number of tickets, and we will sell out.
Get your tickets online now, right here!
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We have a winner!

Stay tuned for our 2015 Annual T-Shirt/Jersey Design Contest Winner Announcement!

Soon we will be  releasing the winner design for next season’s T-Shirt and Jersey.

Simple. Elegant. Powerful.

Positive Pedalers in every sense.

Eliminating Stigma Through Our Positive Public Example.


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SALE!

Get up to 33% Discounts on Selected Merchandise, while they last!

NEW in our online store – Get your 2015 20th Anniversary “Kit!”

It includes a 2015 Jersey, 20th Anniversary Arm Warmers & 20th Anniversary MicroFiber Cycling Cap… all for only….

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Click here to see the deals!


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Annual T-Shirt & Jersey Design Contest

The Envelope Please… And, the winner of the 2016 PosPeds Design Contest is…

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The National Board of Positive Pedalers would like to announce the artist submitting the winning entry for the 2016 Design Contest for Jersey and T-Shirt is Jamil Eric Wilkins.

 What was your inspiration for the jersey and t-shirt?  “Our mission as Positive Pedalers is to eliminate HIV stigma through our positive public example. We are not meant to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, compassion, humor, and style. The way people living with HIV see themselves has a large impact on how we thrive as a community — overcoming self-stigmatization. I want my journey to be an example of what it means to separate HIV from the person living with it. In order to eliminate the stigma behind the life-changing event and thrive because of it, I considered my language, terminology, and self-perception. Although we’re living with HIV, we are not the virus itself. In looking at the person and not the condition, the person can define who he or she truly is. For example, saying I AM HIV POSITIVE places much emphasis on the condition and not the person’s identity. That’s when I responded, WE ARE LIVING WITH HIV, WE’RE NOT HIV POSITIVE and then raised the question, WHAT ELSE ARE WE? That’s when the positive words beginning with “p” were introduced. The words were selected to promote understanding, worth, respect, dignity, and value for people living with HIV. I started with “POWERFUL,” moved to “PRICELESS,” and then added terms to represent our fight throughout the years. Sure, we’re living with HIV, but we are positive in more defining ways.”  Jamil Eric Wilkins  |  twitter: @wayofwilkins

Photo of Jamil is by Thomas Evans

 


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Call to Action – New Board Members!

Ring Ring, Ring Ring. Call to Action!
Are you inspired to further the mission of Positive Pedalers?

Positive Pedalers – a 501c(3) non-profit corporation – is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering for a 2-year term as a member of the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to be involved with our organization as we continue to grow, increase our national presence, take our message and new educational programs nationwide.

We have a rich, proud history of service to the HIV/AIDS community. Our primary mission of eliminating the stigma of HIV/AIDS remains a constant challenge. If you are ready to contribute and make the difference that you are positioned to make, this is your time to serve!  Please read below or download the PDF. Then send  your Letter of Intent (LOI) to the PosPeds Board Steering Committee no later than November 1, 2017.


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Eliminating Stigma Through Our Positive Public Example