Ride Launch

The Start of the 70-Day Journey Begins with One (TEXAS-SIZED) Event!

This year, we’re taking a fresh approach with one Ride Launch event. It will begin with optional bike rides around Austin, allowing anyone to fight cancer every mile before joining us on the UT campus. There, we’ll gather for our customary ceremony. The official Ride Launch of the 2024 team’s summer journey from Austin, TX, to Anchorage, AK, will follow, followed by a Block Party with food trucks, games, and a kid’s zone.

Due to recent campus protests at the University of Texas, the university has rescinded its offer to host our festivities inside the Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) building. However, we are grateful we still have permission to utilize the outdoor spaces as originally planned.

Event Changes:
The program will now be hosted on the EER lawn. See our updated event map.
We encourage all guests to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a comfortable experience during our brief program.

We will NOT have access to building bathrooms, but we will have porta-potty access next to food truck.
This change ensures we can still enjoy a festive and meaningful launch for our riders as they begin their incredible journey from Austin to Anchorage. We appreciate your flexibility and support as we adapt to these change

Sat, May 25, 2024, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) and Engineering Plaza
2501 Speedway Austin, Texas 78712

Click to View UPDATED Map & Schedule



  • 8:00 am: Optional Self-Supported Cycling Rides (see below)
  • 9:00 am: Official 2024 Ride Ceremony on EER Lawn (please consider bringing chairs and/or blanket for brief program) 
  • 10:30 am: Ride Launch of the Texas 4000 for Cancer 70-day Cancer-Fighting Journey to Anchorage, AK 
  • 9:00 am- 12:00 pm: Block Pary with Food Trucks, Games, and Kid’s Zone


Ride Dedication Bib sample 1

With a suggested donation of $40, you can “fight cancer every mile” on a self-supported bike ride with our partners from various Austin hubs. At the start of the ride, you will receive a ride bib to inscribe your ride dedication. 

Join the Breakfast Club ride from Central Machine Works
Join the Violet Crown Cycle Club ride from Mellow Johnny’s
Join different routes for alumni rides from the UT Austin Campus to the Ride Launch Event
Detailed route information will be sent after you register.
Ride Dedication Bib sample 2


Even if you’re not cycling to the event, you can still express your support by purchasing a dedication race bib using the link below. You can collect these special bibs at the event to add to our Wall of Hope or keep them as a memento of the ride’s kickoff.
Register for the 2024 Ride Launch