OneSpeed, the always busy (and for good reason) restaurant and pizzeria in East Sacramento will hold a fundraiser Thursday, March 24 for the NorCal Aids Cycle, a charity bike ride that benefits local HIV/AIDS providers.
Owned by cyclist and cycling enthusiast Rick Mahan, OneSpeed (4818 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento) will donate a portion of its sales that day to this worthy charity. Chef Mahan is also the owner of Waterboy, one of the city's premier fine dining restaurants.
The Norcal AIDS Cycle is a four-day, 330 mile ride. It began as the brainchild of a group of cyclists that included Maggy Krell, a state prosecutor living in Sacramento. I wrote a story about Maggy and the ride back in 2007.
The original idea was to take the large and famous AIDS charity ride that travels from San Francisco to Los Angeles over seven days, shrink it down to four days, do one very large loop through the Central Valley, Wine Country and the Sierra foothills and, best of all, give the money raised to local AIDS-related charities.
Now in its seventh year, the charity ride is a major success story, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The OneSpeed component of this deal is easy: stop in on the 24th for some of the best pizza going or, as I did recently, try a delicious fish dish or excellent gnocchi. And you'll know some of the money you spend is headed to this charity.
For those who want to take it a step further and actually do the ride from May 12-15, learn more at http://norcalaidscycle.org/. Here's a description of the experience I lifted from the website:
You'll share the experience with your fellow participants, realize a goal that you made for yourself months before, build camaraderie, and find friends and family that will last long after the ride ends.
While the route is challenging, it's also invigorating. The road mixes with laughter, sweat, tears, and smiles. Your muscles will ache while your mind soars with the sense of accomplishment you are earning.