Cyclists ride from Canada to Mexico for Austin non-profit

Brad Lankford and Bruce Gleasman rode from Canada to Mexico to benefit Helping Hand Home (Courtesy: Brad Lankford)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Back in July, KXAN interviewed two men riding their bikes from Canada to Mexico, to help an Austin non-profit for abused children. They have now finished their ride, but still need help reaching their goal.

Brad Lankford and Bruce Gleasman took off on Monday, Aug. 1. Lankford joins us in the studio once again to talk about the ride of a lifetime.

Their goal is to raise money for the Austin non-profit Helping Hand Home. They had 76 days to ride across across the country and they did it in 67 without any help. The cyclist rode approximately 40 miles each day.

“We pulled a trailer with all our gear, our tents, our water, our food and basically camped for ten weeks,” said Lankford. “We basically took it a day at time, we crossed probably ten peaks of over 10,000 feet. We crossed around a wild fire and eventually we made it to Mexico.”

Route cyclists Brad Lankford and Bruce Gleasman took across the country to raise money for Helping Hand Home (Courtesy: Brad Lankford)
Route cyclists took across the country (Courtesy: Brad Lankford)

Trekking across America: 

  • Mileage: 2,810
  • Riding days: 67
  • Flat tires on bikes: 0
  • Flat tires on trailer: 6
  • Elevation changes: 200,000 feet
  • Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia
  • U.S. States: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico
  • Weight loss: Brad lost 16 pounds and Bruce lost 27 pounds

Brad and Bruce raised $5,000; short of their $10,000 goal. They said you can still help and encourage the community to give back without having to trek across the country like they did. Learn more or find out how you can help here provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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