View a photo slideshow of Texas 4000 cyclists during their stop in the Bay Area and the welcoming in Anchorage.

Forty-five Texas 4000 cyclists completed their final stage into Anchorage, Alaska, this past weekend – marking the culmination of the 70-day, 4,500 mile charity bike ride. The trek began in Austin on June 4, and is twice the length of the Tour de France, making it the longest annual charity bike ride in the world.

During their journey, riders were welcomed by University of Texas at Austin and Cockrell School of Engineering alumni, including engineering alumnus Tom Fallon. Fallon, B.S. ME 1983, MBA 1985, hosted nearly 25 coastal route riders at his home in the Bay Area. The Texas Exes San Francisco Chapter, Fallon and Cockrell School Dean Gregory Fenves greeted the riders, who shared stories of inspiration. The next day, a group of Texas Exes biked with the team across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Upon their arrival back in Austin, riders will be honored at the Tribute Gala Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event is open to the public and more information is available online at

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