2021 Summer Ride Updates


April 7, 2021


As a past host of The Texas 4000 team, we are pleased to announce to you that Texas 4000 will have a physical summer ride this year with the 90+ riders on the 2021 riding ONLY in the lower 48 states. With the Canadian border remaining closed through at least late April and no news on when it might potentially open, this decision was necessary to allow us to move forward with planning with only  2 months before the summer ride begins on June 5, 2021.


Additionally, so that we can protect both the riders and the people in the communities in which we plan to ride this summer,
all riders on the 2021 team will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the ride on June 5, 2021. This decision was reached with consultation and advice from our epidemiological medical advisors, and is fully supported by the Texas 4000 board, staff, and the 2021 team’s ride leadership.

With just 2 months left until the ride begins, Your Support in hosting or finding hosting for the riders is needed more than ever! Without you, this ride would not be possible and we wouldn’t be able to engage so many communities in the fight against cancer.


WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY TO HELP SUPPORT THE RIDE


Click the route links to see all the cities where we will be traveling this year on the 70-day ride

Sierra Route, Rockies Route, Ozarks, Route, Smokies Route.


CONFIRM HOSTING - If you haven’t confirmed/declined to host with the travel chair that has reached out to you as a past host already, please do so today by replying to their email or emailing info@texas4000.org

FIND A HOST IN A CITY  - If you want to help connect us to a school, church or another large facility with bathrooms/showers in your city or another one on the route for the riders to stay overnight, please email
info@texas4000.org

PROVIDE A TEAM MEAL  - If you would like to provide a meal (cook or purchase) for the 20+ members of the route while they stay in your city, please email
info@texas4000.org

DONATE TO THE TEAM
- Donate to the team to support grants to worthy cancer research and support organizations. The need is greater than ever as cancer never stopped during the pandemic.

Thank you again for your support of Texas 4000 and the 2021 team. They are so excited to physically ride this summer and look forward to visiting with you in a COVID-19 safe manner!

Riding for you and those you love in the fight against cancer,

The Texas 4000 2021 Team

February 23, 2021


Our hope was to send you this update last week, but the winter storm that blanketed all of Texas had us turning our attention to helping those affected in the T4K family. We appreciate those of you that checked on our well-being. We are nearly back to normal operations with riders cycling to prepare for the summer ride.

Dear Texas 4000 Family,

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, we have been reminded again and again that cancer hasn’t stopped. The work that we do together to spread information on cancer awareness and prevention, raise funds for cancer support services and life-saving cancer research is needed just as much as it was before, maybe even more now.

The generosity of people like you has taken on so many forms over the past 10 months – from loaning your personal bikes so riders on the 2021 team can train until their bikes arrive, donating to support the riders and the fight against cancer, and sharing words of encouragement. It is this love that you share with these resilient and determined young women and men that fuels them in their efforts each day to keep fighting cancer every mile.

While we all remain hopeful in 2021 as the vaccine for COVID-19 becomes more widely available, we know that the pandemic continues to impact all aspects of life, and Texas 4000 is no exception. Some of you have reached out to ask about the status of the summer ride. While no decision has been made at this time on the form the ride will take this summer, our number one priority remains the health and safety of the team and the communities that they come in contact with during the ride.

We expect to make a decision on the 2021 summer ride at the end of March. In the interim, we are taking the following steps to determine what form the summer ride will take on.:

The Texas 4000 board, staff, team members and medical professionals in infectious disease are actively meeting and working on plans that encompass  the health and safety of all individuals and aspects of the ride

  • Our goal is always “Austin to Anchorage”, but if that is not possible other options being considered include:
    • A ride in the 48 contiguous states
    • A regional ride
    • A Texas only ride

We now know much more about what we can do and how to protect the health & safety of our riders and supporters than we did back in March of 2020. For that reason, and because we’ve been able to continue to train following strict COVID safety protocols, we do believe that a physical ride this summer in some form is achievable.

If you’re a host and have been contacted by the team, we ask that you continue to plan with the travel committee member that reached out to you. They should be able to answer your questions or find the answer and share it with you. If you’ve been a past host and haven’t been contacted or if you’d like to help in any other way, please email info@texas4000.org. Lastly, the 2021 team welcomes your support in the fight against cancer, CLICK HERE to make a donation today.  

We will continue to update you as information becomes available. Please visit www.texas4000.org for updates.Thank you again for your continued support and love, and as always, we ride for everyone affected by cancer.

With you in the fight against cancer,

Texas 4000 Board, Staff, and Riders