College students, participating in the longest annual charity bike ride in the world (for cancer), will be going through Colorado this weekend! They will end up in Estes Park on Saturday, after travelling 400 miles (climbing 4,300 feet) and staying at the YMCA of the Rockies, where they will be cheered by volunteers, and treated to Antonio’s Pizza. The Lyons Recorder checked to see if their route would be through Lyons Highway 36, but could not get a confirmation. But if you see 80 young bikers go through town Now You Know!
Due to the pandemic in 2020, there were a couple of changes that had to be made. First, they were not allowed to traverse through Canada to reach their goal of Anchorage, Alaska. Second, for the first time ever, it will both begin and end in Austin, Texas. And, third, the entire team was vaccinated for COVID-19.
The team will ride more than 4,000 miles over the course of 70-days starting on June 5th with the mission of fighting cancer by sharing hope, knowledge, and charity in more than 200 communities along four routes – including the Sierra, Rockies, Ozarks, and a new route, Smoky Mountains. Coming north from New Mexico, they will hit Pagosa Springs, then Great Sand Dunes, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, and on to Dinosaur National Park in Utah.
“All of us at Texas 4000 for Cancer realize the importance of our cancer awareness and prevention message having seen the significant drops in cancer preventive checks since the start of the global pandemic. The 2021 team knows that cancer hasn’t stopped and that spreading our cancer fighting message is needed more now than ever,” said Scott Crews, Texas 4000 Executive Director. “The 2021 team has persevered through may obstacles to prepare for this summer’s ride and their passion for sharing hope, knowledge and charity in the fight against cancer has not diminished.”
For 18 years, Texas 4000 for Cancer has cultivated student leaders and engaged communities in the fight against cancer through a 4,000-mile bike ride. Each year, students from UT Austin begin an 18-month leadership development program, preparing their bodies, their minds and their hearts for this mission, which culminates in this life-changing journey. Since 2004, collectively, riders have helped raise more than $12.1 million dollars, pedaled more than 5.3 million collective miles and impacted countless lives.
“These young women and men each have a story of how cancer has touched their life. They have made a commitment to make a difference in the fight against cancer which is especially important given the decreases in cancer preventative checks since the start of the pandemic,” said Kerry Rupp, Chair of the Texas 4000 Board of Directors. “I couldn’t be prouder of them and their leadership in the fight against cancer.”
Find out more at: texas4000.org, instagram.com/texas4000, facebook.com/texas4000 or twitter.com/Texas4000.