Sunscreen, check. Energy bars, check. Spare bicycle tires and pump, check and check.
This weekend, 69 students from the University of Texas will roll out of Austin on bikes, ticking off the first miles in their 4,687-mile summer commute to Anchorage.
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If you go
To sign up for the Atlas Ride on Saturday, go to www.texas4000.org/atlas/register. Registration is $60 ($70 after May 30) and includes entry into the ride and a finish party with barbecue, drinks and live music. Cyclists choose from 25-, 50- or 70-mile options.