Texas 4000 kicks off bicycle trip to Alaska with ATLAS Ride on May 30

The ATLAS Ride is set for May 30. Photo courtesy Texas 4000
The ATLAS Ride is set for May 30. Photo courtesy Texas 4000

So maybe you can’t bicycle all the way to Alaska. You can still join the Texas 4000 crew on the first day of their 4,687-mile trip to points north.

The Texas 4000 ATLAS Ride is set for May 30. Cyclists can chose from routes of 25, 50 or 70 miles through the rolling hills between Cedar Park and Lampasas. Registration includes entrance to a post-ride festival featuring barbecue and live music.

The ride marks the first real leg of the annual journey that a group of University of Texas bicyclists make each year from Austin to Anchorage.

After that, the cyclists will split into three groups. One will head west to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and another will aim for the Rocky Mountains. A third group will cut across the midsection of the country in the Ozarks route. The three groups will merge and ride the last 10 days into Alaska together.

The cyclists will pedal an average of 70 to 80 miles a day for 70 days, with a handful of rest days tossed in. Along the way they’ll share information about cancer prevention with people they meet.

The Texas-to-Alaska ride raises money to support cancer research.

Tickets for the ATLAS Ride are $60 through May 27 and $70 afterward. Non-cyclists can attend the finish line party for $20. Sign up here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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