Rise Across Texas Challenge Day 3

Sunday was Day 3 of the Rise Across Texas Challenge, the second and biggest day of riding, and took the group from Kountze, Texas to Conroe over the course of 85 long miles and nearly six hours on the bike.  It was without question the farthest I’ve ever ridden in a single day…that’s probably true for most of the folks on the ride (except Jim Crow who has done much longer rides).

And, unfortunately, the group had it’s first big fall and injury: Al Koehler hit my back wheel while we were drafting and took a significant spill while we were riding at about 21-22 miles per hour:

Despite the fall, Al completed the day’s ride and is the well-deserving star of the day’s segment that you can watch HERE.  Day 1’s episode is equally well done and you can watch it here.

Stats for today are as follows:

Nearly six hours on the bike covering just over 85 miles at an average speed of 14 miles per hour…which is a pretty good average pace.  The rise and fall of the road was 2673 feet and we theoretically burned about 3900 calories. We stopped for lunch in Cleveland, Texas which you can see right around the 50-mile mark below.

Over all, the 85 mile ride felt pretty much like yesterday’s 59 mile ride…although I don’t know how many more miles I could have gone after that 85th mile.

After a night in Conroe’s Best Western, we’re off to Brenham, Texas which is about 61 miles away. There are threats of thunder storms that may cause a change in plans but we won’t know until later in the day.

there ya have it.


A bike ride across Texas

For the next few days, this blog will be focused on a bike ride across Texas.  Myself, Al Koehler, Jim Crow and a bunch of other folks will be biking across Texas for charity. In particular, for the Rise School / Austin.

In particular, The Rise Across Texas Challenge is a bike ride that will cross the state from the eastern border to the west.  Starting tomorrow morning (March 6th), approximately fifty cyclists will cover 850 Texas miles from Orange to Presidio, Texas.   I’m in Orange right now doing this blog post.

Over the next few days, I’ll document the route and details of each day’s ride.  Hopefully, using the RunKeeper iPhone app, I’ll be able to document each segment in details.

For now, here’s the main bus:

While the next set of posts will all be basic information, here’s the background on the ride:

The non-profit Rise Schools provide the highest quality early childhood education services to children ages 18 months to six years with special needs focusing on children with Downs Syndrome.   The Rise Across Texas Challenge will push its riders to extremes for a cause that’s worth the sore muscles: to raise money for the Rise Schools of Texas! Our goal for this ride is to raise $5,000,000 of which $3,000,000 will come to Rise Austin to kick off our Capital Campaign for a permanent home.

If you would like to learn more about the Rise Across Texas Challenge click here for a video message from Mack Brown and Lance Armstrong:


To Donate: http://bit.ly/RiseRide