TEXAS 4000 Rolling Through Grande Prairie
The City of Grande Prairie, Revolution Place and Grande Prairie Tourism Association welcome the Texas 4000 Thursday.
The Texas 4000, Fighting Cancer Every Mile, has raised more than $4.5 million in the fight against cancer. Twenty-eight Texas 4000 cyclists will stop in Grande Prairie as they make their way to Alaska.
“These students commit 18 months to fundraising and training which is so impressive, and the 70 plus days of cycling will be a life-changing experience for them,” says Ainsley Lamontagne Executive Director, Grande Prairie Tourism Association. “I’m excited that we can share in a moment of this odyssey and welcome them to our region and our community.”
The cyclist arrive late afternoon Thursday, July 16, enjoy dinner with some local guests, overnight in the Bowes Family Gardens, grab a quick breakfast Friday morning and will be on their way to B.C. by 8:00 a.m.
“The Revolution Place team is honoured to be part of the Texas 4000 ride,” says Revolution Place Manager Jane Cada-Sharp. “It was such an enjoyable experience for all of us last year and to see how committed the cyclists are to their cause is truly inspiring so we absolutely had to be part of it in 2015.”
About Texas 4000
Founded in 2003, approximately 90 students are competitively selected to become members of the Texas 400 team. The students work together to plan the annual trek including finding hosts families or venues, food donations and logging a minimum of 2,414 training miles.
They travel with two support vehicles and a trailer and travel 80 to 160 kilometres per day. The group cycling to Grande Prairie is on the Ozarks route with stops in major cities such as Houston, Texas, St. Louis, Missouri, Madison, Wisconsin then across the border to Winnipeg, Edmonton, and then up to Grande Prairie and beyond into B.C.