TEXAS 4000: Cyclists stop in Lincoln City

On what organizers call the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team rolled through Lincoln City on Saturday July 15, just 43 days after departing from Austin, Texas on their way to Anchorage, Alaska.

The Texas 4000 is a journey to raise funds for cancer research. It has been in operation since 2003, sending cyclists north to Anchorage from Austen along a variety of routes.

Organizer and cyclist Sarah Nielsen said Lincoln City is essentially a halfway mark for the cyclists, who began training for the trip in 2015.

“We are getting close to 2,800 miles traveled since we started out from Austen,” Nielsen said after arriving Saturday morning, July 15 with the group that rode in from Florence. Nielsen said the 23 cyclists on the Lincoln City leg of the ride try to take the trek day by day.

 “We loved coming along the coast,” Nielsen said. “We’ve been through Lincoln City before on previous trips and it’s always a good pit stop. It’s a community that is very open to volunteering and allows us to come into it. Our goal is to find places that are welcoming to us.”

During their stay ion Lincoln City, the cyclists stayed at the Taft 7-12 High School gym for the night, were treated to a bonfire from the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, with pizza donations from Figaro’s Pizza, s’mores fixings from Northwest Natural and on Sunday morning before departing, the riders were treated to breakfast at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

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