Cost To Participate

By joining Texas 4000, you will receive a road bike to train on and a helmet to stay safe while on the bike at no cost to you in the fall semester of your ride year. However, there are certain additional costs that riders should expect to take on during their time in the program. Below is a summary of potential costs a rider may take on. (this data is based on former riders)

  • Gear provided at no cost to the riders
    • Road bikes: retail around $1,200 per bike
    • Helmets: retail around $90 per helmet
    • Upon completion of the ride, riders will get to keep their bike and helmet
  • Gear and other expenses that riders are expected to cover the cost of (approximate totals between $1,500-$2,000 *Price varies on how much you purchase and/or how much you previously own)
    • Gear cost (as provided by Texas 4000 at steep discounts)
      • Training Jersey (Spring 2021): $54
      • Starting Cycling Gear (early Fall 2021): average $450
      • Camping Gear (late Fall 2021): average $200-600
      • Cycling Uniform (Spring 2022): average $150-450
      • Replacement Bike Equipment (late Spring 2022): average $150
    • Bike maintenance
    • Potential other costs include:
      • Bike maintenance/parts
        • Routine maintenance: ~$100
        • Bike Fits: ~$150-$300
          • New Saddle (bike seat) or other parts: ~$100
      • Return flight from Alaska: ~$500
  • Ways to Minimize Cost
    • 3-5 rider scholarships are available to help with the cost of gear for Texas 4000
      • Guidelines and eligibility for scholarships can be found here
      • You can indicate an interest in applying for a rider scholarship on the 2022 Texas 4000 application
    • Fundraise toward your gear costs
      • Guidelines to follow for gear fundraising will be shared upon joining T4K
    • Purchasing used camping gear from former riders
    • Sharing supplies with team mates
      • Ex. tents, cooking equipment
    • Optional free ride home from Alaska
      • Driving the vans/trailers from Alaska back to Austin