Biking like there’s no tomorrow
That’s how long one former Grass Valley resident will spend balancing, pumping and pedaling on the pavement for 545 miles between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Logan Kidney, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, has been increasing the level of difficulty for her training over the past three years. So when her boyfriend signed the two of them up for the AIDS/Life Cycle from June 2 to June 8, she was all in.
This, despite her being without practice or gear.
“I didn’t even have a bike yet,” she said.
Luck found Kidney when she won a free Cannondale bike at an AIDS/Life Cycle raffle contest. Since then, she’s been riding with her boyfriend to prepare.
Recently, the couple went on a 200-mile ride. But it’s not the physical strain that bothered her.
“It’s more of a mental thing of staying in it,” she said of being on a bike for eight straight hours.
Kidney, who worked at Sutton Cinemas for two years while in high school, is now pursuing a career as a fitness model and commercial actress in Hollywood. When she’s not working, she exercises.
The cycling event — with the longest day of 110 miles — is run by volunteers. For seven days, about 3,000 cyclists are provided with food and lodging, said Kidney. Before the competition, every rider raises money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation or Los Angeles LGBT Center. The funding goes toward HIV research, treatment and preventative services.
Kidney set her fundraising goal at $5,000.
“I don’t know anyone personally who’s been affected (by HIV), but living in L.A. I’m right in the LGBTQ community, so I just wanted to give back in any way I can,” said Kidney.
Although the child of Grass Valley can’t predict everything about the race, she does anticipate one thing.
“It’s gonna be intense,” she said.
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