Austin bikers start 1,400 mile trek to Denver for prostate cancer awareness

Bikers raise awareness for prostate cancer

AUSTIN - Around two dozen cyclists started their 1400 mile bike ride from Austin to Denver on Sunday morning as part of the fourth annual 1400 miles project. The goal is to get men to start talking about prostate cancer and more importantly, to get tested for it.

Riders left the parking lot of the Red Horn Coffee and Brewing House in Cedar Park and are expected to arrive in Denver on Oct. 3.  

The 1400 mile route takes riders through Sweetwater, Lubbock, to New Mexico and eventually Colorado. From there, riders head to Leadville through the Rocky Mountain National Park before arriving in Denver.

Each day, riders bike five to six hours a day. That's more than 100 miles a day. That's why a mechanic follows the bikers in case of situations like flat tires.

Davis Tucker started the 1400 miles bike ride in 2013 after a friend got prostate cancer and survived. 

Since then, Tucker hopes to get what he calls stubborn men to start talking about prostate cancer. More importantly, Tucker wants more men performing self-examinations, getting the PSA blood test and getting the digital rectal exam. Finding prostate cancer early means a higher chance of survival.

You can follow the riders on their journey here. Riders have GPS trackers with them. 

 

 

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