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Friday, 17 July 2015 07:10 Michael Shoultz
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ACT 13 Opening Ceremonies

  • July 30th, 6:45 - 7:30 AM
  • Olbrich Park (Walter and Atwood Avenues)

Once again, the Wisconsin AIDS ride will begin our 4-day, 300-mile adventure at Olbrich Park (in the area just beyond where Walter Street intersects Attwood Avenue). Please plan to arrive before 7:00 AM to greet and provide well wishes to this year's riders and crew. Opening ceremonies will begin At 7:00 AM in the staging area near the lake. You will be welcomed by Co-Chairs Josh Siedschlag and Christopher Henry and introduced to WKOW’s Christine Bellport, who is our Opening Ceremony emcee. After a short program -- that will include remarks by ARCW staff, welcoming of Rider Zero, and an overview of Day One’s route – Christine will announce the opening of the route and bid riders and crew a safe journey as they embark on the first 65 miles of our 300 mile journey.

ACT13 Closing Ceremonies

  • August 2nd, 2:00 - 4:30 PM
  • Capitol (Martin Luther King Blvd)

Join Emcee Christine Bellport and the Wisconsin AIDS Ride for its closing ceremony. The event is open to the community, please feel free to invite your friends and family. The event kicks off with a performance by the band VO5 at 2:00PM. We will also have a variety of activities for all ages including bubbles, face painting and other fun things to do. There also will be a spoken word performance by LGBTQ youth. The event will recognize all of the riders, crew and community members’ hard work and dedication to the success of the mission. We will share stories and of course remember those we’ve lost. Our 2015 ACT co-chairs Josh Siedschlag and Christopher Henry, along with ARCW staff, will present the check for funds raised this year, and the raffle winners will be announced (two $300 travel vouchers and a $500 Visa Gift Card).

We hope to see you at this momentous event!

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 July 2015 07:20 )

Day Zero Forms

Monday, 21 July 2014 14:57 Josh Siedschlag
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The following forms must be turned in at Day Zero registration.  (You will also have the opportunity to fill them out during the registration event, but doing so beforehand will save you time in line.)

Liability Waiver (required for all)

Medical History (required for all)

Medication Policy  (required for those who store medications with Medical Crew)

Massage Consent (required for those receiving massage services)

Chiropractic Consent  (required for those receiving chiropractic services)

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 July 2015 08:15 )

Fundraising Video

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:46 Katie Childs
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Check out this video for tips on fundraising!


What To Bring

Friday, 12 August 2011 14:07 administrator
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What to Bring

After signing up to train and ride over 300 miles, you may be tempted to spend a small fortune on cycling and camping equipment. Consider how often you will use these items in the future. Bikes, bicycling accessories, and clothing are available for purchase at a discount price at our sponsor, Machinery Row Bicycles.

One Gear Bag Policy

You are permitted to bring only one gear bag. Your sleeping bag and pad/air mattress must fit inside your gear bag. If you are tenting, you are also allowed a tent that is no larger than a four-person tent. Everything must be packed tightly and securely with a maximum weight of seventy-five pounds and, for the safety of our Tent & Gear team, without the use of bungee cords.

We encourage you to pack as light as possible.

We recommend packing lightly and efficiently, using a large, soft-sided duffel bag or Rubbermaid-type tote.To prevent your clothes and sleeping bag from getting wet in case of rain, it is a good idea to pack your gear in plastic bags inside your gear bag. Clothing for the day can often fit in separate zip-lock bags and sleeping bags and pads can be rolled up and placed in a garbage bag before putting them all in your duffel bag. Label your bag and gear with your name and your participant number.

Transporting Your Bike Riders are responsible for getting their bikes to Madison and we cannot store bikes overnight before the Ride.You will not need your bike on Day Zero.
What to Pack

Cycling Equipment

Required gear:

  • Bicycle (Tune-ups and other mechanical service are available all year at a 15% discount at Machinery Row Bicycles.)
  • Helmet (All riders must wear an ANSI, Snell, CPSC or ASTM approved helmet at all times while on their bikes.)
  • 2 large water bottles and/or Camel Bak (These are required so that you can stay properly hydrated.)

Suggested gear:

  • Spare tubes and patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Tire pump, frame or mini
  • Small wrenches or multi-tool
  • Cycling gloves
  • A fanny pack, seat or handlebar bag
  • Clamp-style clothespins for route guide/cue sheets
  • If there are any particular nutritional/supplements that you like, please be sure to bring it!

ALL Participants

Camp Gear

  • Sleeping bag (plus maybe a sheet for hot nights or extra blanket for gyms with A/C)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Pad or air mattress (for tent OR gym floor)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Towel (pack towel or chamois towel is best) and washcloth (many people bring 2 towels, as 1 may not be fully dry in the course of a day if it's humid or cloudy)
  • Alarm clock (battery operated)
  • Ear plugs and eye mask (some people snore and the gym likely will not be perfectly dark)
  • Socks or flip-flops to wear in the gym and showers
  • Tent, tent poles, stakes, and plastic for under your tent (if camping)


  • To anticipate sudden changes in temperature, choose clothing that can be easily layered
  • T-shirts (don’t forget your ACT gear!)
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Cycling shoes
  • 1 to 4 pairs of cycling shorts
  • Cycling jerseys
  • “Regular” shorts
  • Underwear (for camp; should not be worn under bike shorts)
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Long pants
  • Pajamas / sleepwear
  • Walking shoes or sandals
  • Sweatband or bandana
  • Swimsuit

Helpful Crew Additions

  • Jumper cables (if you have a car)
  • Igloo and/or ice coolers (if you have one)
  • Extra set of vehicle keys (if you have a car)
  • Markers, duct tape, rope, bungee cords, tool kit
  • Fanny / day / back pack
  • Work gloves
  • FUN! (Music, costumes, candy, stickers, etc.)

First Aid

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Prescription medication
  • Sun-block, Lip balm
  • “Butt Balm”
  • Antacid, aspirin, anti-blister aids
  • Bandages, Gauze and tape
  • Electrolyte tablets if you don’t/can’t drink sports drinks
  • Inspect repellent
  • Sanitary protection
  • Disposable plastic bags (to help keep gear dry)


  • Cash for miscellaneous purchases. Most people anticipate $5 - $10 each day. Saturday night many go out to local bars that do not have ATMs so be sure to bring cash (small bills preferred).
  • Sunglasses
  • Luggage tag (mark with name and participant number)
  • Camera (label with name)
  • Credit card and picture ID
  • Watch or time-piece
  • Journal and pen
  • Shampoo, soap, razor, moisturizer, nail clippers, small mirror, hair ties
  • iPods, books, games, etc for fun
  • Cell phone (with charger!)

Click here for a PDF version of this list.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 06:41 )

Register for ACT 13

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:33 Katie Childs
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Click here to register for ACT 13!

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:38 )

ACT Now!

Machinery Row Bicycles is our Presenting Sponsor! Find them on the bike path at 601 Williamson Street, across from ARCW-Madison.

Registered participants receive 15% off in-store merchandise (including discounted merchandise) and mechanical service. Discounts on bicycles will vary so please ask!

Machinery Row also will be donating the top rider fundraiser incentive bicycle and will provide road service and support throughout the Ride.  Thank you Machinery Row Bicycles!

ACT Ride Sponsors

Please be sure to thank these and all of our sponsors for their support!

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