By Emmy Laursen
Special to The SUN
On the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team will be rolling through Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, June 9, just 11 days after departing from Austin, Texas, on their way to Anchorage, Alaska.
While in Pagosa Springs, 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 and 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 and 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.