1,400-mile ‘Big Ride’ pushes cadence and conversation about prostate health


By Damira Bowles

Special to The SUN

Don’t fear the finger. Or a 1,400-mile bike ride. To raise awareness and probe the conversation about prostate health, a group of brewers and beer enthusiasts will bike 1,400 miles spanning cities and states across the country this September.

Braving the elements and enjoying a few beers along the way, 1400 Miles participants will arrive in Pagosa Springs on day nine of their journey, Monday, Sept. 14.

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Just in time for National Prostate Cancer Month, the Big Ride, organized by the nonprofit 1400 Miles, will kick off on Sept. 6 in Austin and culminate on Sept. 20 in Denver, where just days later one of the greatest beer events in the country, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), will take place.

Leading up to the Big Ride, 1400 Miles will host smaller, day-long community rides in Youngsville, La., and Austin, Texas, administering free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. On the final leg of the journey, a community ride will also be held from Boulder to Denver to rally the riders as they make their way to the finish line. Once the ride reaches Denver, the Big Ride participants, GABF attendees and all beer lovers are welcome to board to the The Beerliner — the coolest 74-foot Bluebird bus on the road — which will serve as the home base for the Brewers Health Initiative, a four-day men’s health screening courtesy of 1400 Miles and partners Pints for Prostates and Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC).

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