Texas bike ride to stop in PV

On the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team will be rolling through Pauls Valley on Thursday, June 4, just six days after departing from Austin, Texas on their way to Anchorage, Alaska.

While in Pauls Valley, the 2015 Texas 4000 Team will celebrate and share hope, knowledge and charity with friends and family before continuing on their 70-day journey.

The 72 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin will brave the rain, sleet, wind, snow, heat and pedal more than 4,000 miles in the fight against cancer.

After 18 months of leadership development training, volunteering, fundraising and cycling, riders are put to the test throughout their summer ride to Alaska.

Along their journey, they will visit with cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and communities to make educational presentations about cancer prevention and early detection.

They also use this time to offer hope, encouragement and share their personal stories to cancer fighters of all ages and to those who have been affected by the disease.

Every encounter is an inspirational story the riders carry with them on their journey and quest to fight cancer.

“This ride comes with some obvious physical demands and perhaps less than obvious emotional demands,” said Texas 4000 Executive Director Jen Thomas.

“It’s incredibly encouraging for the riders to be supported by the people of Pauls Valley and have the opportunity to share their stories about how they pursue this ride in hopes of living in a cancer-free society.”

The 2015 riders, the 12th team since Texas 4000’s inception in 2004, will begin their journey in Austin on May 30 with a 70-mile community bike ride called the ATLAS Ride from Cedar Park to Lampasas, Texas.

From there, the riders separate into three routes — Rockies, Sierra, and Ozarks — as they continue on a ride twice as long as the Tour de France.

“This ride serves as a metaphor for the difficult battle cancer patients wage each day: A long and difficult road, with hard days and easier ones, good days, and not so good days,” said Nicholas Samendinger, a ride director on the Rockies route.

“This is a difficult trip for me on many levels, but I have known so many people with cancer who bravely, fiercely and with determination, fought this awful disease.

“I ride for those people. Thinking of them is what literally gets me up the next hill or mountain.”




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