My friend Fivestar is participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride to End AIDS this year. The event is a fully supported, 7-day 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that takes place each summer. This year it happens June 6-12. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. We’re all familiar with bicycle races such as Tour de France, however this event is not a race, but a life-changing ride. While I haven’t participated myself (though I may some day), I have a good number of friends who have done this ride and they found the whole experience absolutely transformational.

I’m proud of Fivestar for participating this year, and profoundly impressed by her online fundraising strategies. Each participant has a goal they set to raise, and she’s made some progress to her $5,000 goal through offering recorded guitar covers of songs picked by her sponsors, a rope class and clothespin sale, and this amazing 2010 wall calendar which she coordinated with fellow rope bondage/bicycle enthusiasts/riggers/photographers/models.

Fivestar Bicycle Bondage Calendar
When she asked me to pose for it I was so honored and excited about the project! The shoot was fantastic and was rigged by her and shot by our friend Terry (remember the Ford Ord photoshoot?) and assisted by Sheila and Maddy. There are so many beautiful, cool, funny, and sexy months. You’ll have to flip through and find me — I’m October, my birth month — but more importantly, you’ll have to purchase this calendar and by doing so help support her ride south through gorgeous California roads. It’s a long trip with months of training all for a great cause. Follow Fivestar’s training adventures, and other kinky trails, on Twitter @iamfivestar or on her Bike Blog, BicycleBondage.com.

Order Bicycle Bondage: a Fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle – 2010 Wall Calendar at Cafe Press, or if your calendar buying days are numbered – heh – you can donate directly (and anonymously too) at Fivestar’s AIDS/LifeCycle participants page.