Cyclists enroute from Texas to Alaska stop in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) — On Wednesday, one of the three Texas 4000 groups all traveling different routes stopped in Grand Junction– this one is part of the Rockies route.

The Texas 4000 ride is completed with just a bike and a backpack.

It’s made up of 66 cyclists who are riding 4,000 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska over the next two months.

It’s all in an effort to raise awareness about cancer.

Other groups are taking a route through the Sierras on the West Coast or the Ozarks in the Midwest.

All three groups will meet in Canada for the final ride into Anchorage.

“We remind ourselves every day that no matter how hard our legs hurt or how hard we’re breathing or how tired we might be– that there are people we’re riding for and people that we’re fighting for,” said rider Sarah Gutberlet.

The Texas 4000 is called the longest, annual charity bike ride in the world.

The riders say it will take 70 days, averaging 70 miles per day to get to Anchorage.

Read the original story here. Check out Sarah’s rider profile.