Davis Tucker is gearing up to pedal his bicycle about 1,400 miles from Austin to Denver to raise awareness about prostate health.
Tucker, owner of NXNW Restaurant and Brewery in Austin, made the ride last summer, alongside a small group of cyclists riding to encourage men to get a prostate cancer screening.
This year’s ride departs Redhorn Coffee House & Brewing Company, 13010 West Parmer Lane in Cedar Park, on Sept. 18 and pulls into Denver on Oct. 2, a few days before the start of the Great American Beer Festival. When they reach the festival grounds, the 1400 Miles crew will park their 74-foot Beerliner, a Bluebird bus that will offer men’s health screenings to festival participants.
Tucker created 1400 Miles after his friend and craft beer pioneer Don Thompson was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which affects one in seven men in America.
“As prostate cancer rates continue to skyrocket, we’ve taken a unique approach at 1400 Miles, using beer and bicycles to break down social barriers and create real conversations surrounding the fatal disease,” Tucker said.
Austin cyclists can take on a shorter version of full 1,400-mile ride here in Central Texas on Aug. 27. Participants in the supported, one-day community ride can choose from routes of 24, 46 or 60 miles.
I did the 46-mile version of the ride last year, braving the heat and hills for the fully-supported, rolling ride followed by a barbecue lunch. This year’s ride starts at 8 a.m. at the brewery, 23455 West RR 150 in Dripping Springs.
Registration is $45. To sign up, go to 1400Miles.com.