Tour de Castro Tricycle Fun

In what city will you find men waking up early on a Saturday morning to don elaborate costumes for a race which involves tricycles and scooters and hopping from bar to bar? Only our fabulous city, of course. On Saturday morning, teams of guys (and some gals) gathered together to participate in the Tour de Castro tricycle race hosted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the queer nuns who put fun and good deeds together to raise money for good causes while bringing together a community which loves to party. The good cause behind the Tour de Castro race was the raising of money for AIDS Lifecycle Bike Riders, an annual event which in turn raises money for continued education and services for the community.

For those who were merely watching the event, the Tour de Castro race began at noon on Saturday at Metro. Teams took off in groups of three in timed races, wheeling (pushing, dragging, whatever it took) tricycles from bar to bar throughout the Castro. Some teams lingered over cocktails at each spot while others rushed along in order to gain prize money which would go to support the cause. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were scattered throughout the Castro, far enough apart that those who weren’t aware of the race probably didn’t even realize anything interesting was going on other than the usual Castro camaraderie.

At the end of the race, teams gathered for good times over drinks and fabulous meals in a neighborhood which definitely has no shortage of either! Although it was all in good fun, the Tour de Castro raised money for cyclists to ride in the AIDS LifeCycle race. The race, which takes place in June of each year, requires a minimum of $2500 as entry to ride from here to Los Angeles. Winners of this year’s race included Under One Roof, a volunteer-based organization which participates in numerous events to raise money in support of those living with HIV/AIDS.

For those who missed the fun of the Tour de Castro race, contributions to Under One Roof can be made through shopping at their retail store which is located at 549 Castro Street. The store has unique gifts and trinkets in a constantly updated display so that you can find something for yourself and everyone else you want to give something to.

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