.....a pathway to AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia!
"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." 
Nelson Mandela.
Oil on Canvas, 24' x 30' Painting by Surya Prakash Makarla- at the IAC, Barcelona 2002


Washington DC, USA to Melbourne, Australia

                                  1st December 2013 to 19th July 2014

An affiliated Event of 
20th International AIDS Conference, 2014, Melbourne, Australia!


Introduction: AIDS RIDE 2014 is a continuity in connectivity of past 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC, USA and ensuing 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014, using bicycle marathons between them, either complete bike ride or local bike rides based up on the geographic conditions! AIDS Ride has been organized by BCARE International and its supporting partners. Since the inception of the AIDS RIDE, the bike marathon has been an Affiliated Independent Event of periodical International AIDS Conferences convened! And now affiliated with 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia.


World AIDS Day 2013 

New Delhi & Hyderabad, 1st December 2013

History of AIDS Ride: 

The 2 HIV/AIDS activists from BCARE India, Surya Prakash Makarla and Giri Kumar Makarla discovered an amazing couple from Canada who are crazy & hard core bikers, whilst attending the 16th International AIDS Conference, Toronto! They travel from one country to another in search of "The Best Beer"! Our union elucidated the bike ride BCARE's AIDS RIDE for a noble cause like HIV/AIDS! Thus, BCARE in association with partners across North & Central America attempted cross continent bike rides to connect the biggest International AIDS Conferences! AIDS RIDE 2008 was planned between the two biggest International AIDS Conferences, AIDS 2006, Toronto and AIDS 2008, Mexico City, Mexico! Ewa & Bart dropped the idea due to family and health reasons but they made great efforts in organizing and supporting AIDS RIDE 2008. Further, the spirit was carried forward by the Indian activist brothers, who started riding bike with only 50 Canadian Dollars in the pockets after buying bikes for 140 Canadian Dollars from Craigslist, Canada, landing first time in North America & Central America to spread the message about HIV/AIDS completely on bicycle, all the way from Toronto, Canada to Mexico City! The impulse created was carried forward from one conference to the another as AIDS RIDE 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014...... 

AIDS Ride 2008: Toronto-Mexico City, 7th June - 3rd Aug 2008 Affiliated with 17th International AIDS Conference, Mexico City 2008. It was an incredible journey of 52 days (including 8 days rest) covered about 2900 miles. For more details:





AIDS RIDE 2010: Mexico City, Mexico – Vienna, Austria, 1st, July 17th July 2010 Affiliated with 18th International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria 2010! We connected approx. 79 locations including 49 major cities. The total distance covered was 6,000 miles and we took 23 days to complete the project. 



AIDS RIDE 2012: Boston to Washington DC, 13th July – 22nd July, 2012 Affiliate with 19th International AIDS Conference, Washington DC., 2012. It was a 9 day complete bicycle journey covering 500 miles approx., to spread the word of HIV/AIDS and AIDS 2012. https://plus.google.com/photos/105831768455546624154/albums/5774427722946119761?banner=pwa

Upcoming Event Series:

Our current project, AIDS RIDE 2014, Washington DC, USA to Melbourne, Australia, 1st December 2013 to 19th July 2014 is a series of bicycle rides taking place globally in selected countries that could form a pathway to 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (AIDS 2014), 20th – 25th July, 2014. AIDS RIDE 2014 pathway comprises of the below bike events:

Route map -tentative planhttp://goo.gl/maps/WsM4Z  covering Thailand, India, South Africa, New Zealand and finally connecting in the 20th International AIDS Conference, 20th – 25th July, 2014! 

AIDS RIDE 2014, Hyderabad to Mumbai, India-  Launched on Dec 1st, World AIDS Day 2013. the marathon is postponed to May 2014. https://www.facebook.com/events/157855977718768/


AIDS RIDE 2014, Bangkok, Thailand,  postponed to may 2014, proceeding the ICAAP11 2013.



AIDS RIDE 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, postponed to may 2014, proceeding to the  ICASA 2013, SA. https://www.facebook.com/events/594678467220254/

AIDS RIDE 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 19th July, 2014, preceding the AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia.




Goal and Objectives:

Goal: ZERO NEW HIV Infection and ZERO Discrimination

The AIDS RIDE 2014 aims 1) To raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, 2) To counter stigma and discrimination, thereby promoting and protecting human rights, and more specifically to embody in our actions the theme of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), 3) To bridge the geographical space between the 19th International AIDS Conference (Washington DC, United States) and the 20th International AIDS Conference (Melbourne, Australia) and 4) fundraising for the participating NGOs and Positive Networks.

Coverage and Collaboration:

Hosting AIDS RIDE 2014 in different countries will make it possible for those from across the region to participate in the local bike marathons and share their challenges, perspectives and success over the epidemic, on a global level. The largest geographic connection from Washington DC, USA to Melbourne, Australia, passing Asia Pacific region has the largest geographic area and population in the world, dramatically varying levels of wealth, and a complex mix of structural and behavioral determinants of HIV risk, gives unique perspectives on the epidemic that will be of great value to the HIV professionals and bikers.

We are extremely pleased and happy to partner with the local allies in various locations from Australia, Asia and the Pacific, with long and impressive histories of leadership on HIV. We look forward for your participation and partnership in peddling AIDS RIDE 2014 to AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia, a conference that will take another step towards the end of the AIDS epidemic! Thank you one and all

Steering Committee, AIDS RIDE 2014, BCARE International

AIDS RIDE 2012 was an affiliated event of AIDS 2012 that was concluded in Washington DC and now is now connecting with AIDS RIDE 2014.
AIDS RIDE 2012 an affiliated Official event of AIDS 2012, Washington DC, http://www.causes.com/aidsride2012 is the precursor of AIDS RIDE 2014, Washington DC, USA to Melbourne, Australia. 

AIDS RIDE 2014, Hyderabad, India to Mumbai, Launched on Dec 1st 2013. The marathon is postponed to May, 2014
Hyderabad  to Mumbai India: This is a tentatively planned bike ride event of 900 km in 11gays, challenge! All are welcome to participate, partly or completely. BCARE 10th Anniversary on Dec 1st 2013 launched AIDS RIDE in INDIA, ! https://www.facebook.com/events/157855977718768/ 

AIDS RIDE 2014, Bangkok, Thailand, May 2014
AIDS RIDE 2014, Bangkok  bike ride creates ripple effect of the recently concluded ICAAP11. AIDS RIDE 2014, Bangkok, Thailand, is a pathway of AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 
AIDS RIDE 2014, Paarl to Cape Town, South Africa May 2014
AIDS RIDE 2014, Cape Town, South Africa May 2014, a pathway to AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia. The bike ride create ripple effect of the  ICASA, 2013, Cape Town, South Africa in association with AIDS Ride South Africa, ARSA and other local bicycle clubs. 
AIDS RIDE 2014, closing AIDS 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 19th July 2014
Commemoration of AIDS RIDE 2014, at the 20th International AIDS Conference, 20th - 25th, July 2014, Melbourne, Australia, with a local bike ride event!




For all queries, please contact the steering committee: 

BCARE International, AIDS RIDE 2014, Hyderabad to Mumbai,
secretariat@bcareinternational.org, www.bcareinternational.orgwww.aidsride2014.org
Majic Jack: 3477799509, Skype: Surya prakash