Training and planning has already begun for our 1,600-mile cycling adventure in June, 2015. We're anticipating 11 cyclists and a number of support personnel for this trip.  This ride introduces an array of new variables that have to be determined and decided upon before the ride can occur.  A wonderfully complex organizational problem, this ride promises to be the most challenging and rewarding of the LDSP cycling experiences.  Stay tuned... 

Scroll down through the page to learn about our 2013 and 2014 rides across Texas.


Some of our BRATS group training rides

Albany to Abilene ride, November 8, 2014

50-mile ride from Ballinger to Abilene, November 2, 2014

Rolling Plains Medical Center Ride, October 25, 2014

Tour de Ted, October 18, 2014

Bike for Kids' Sake, October 4, 2014


BRATS Sponsors and Supporters



**Check out pictures, videos, and stories from the ride in our BRAT2 Facebook group.  Click here to join.**


BRAT Purpose and Mission

The participants on the "Bike Ride Across Texas" gain leadership, organization, and teamwork skills through the planning, preparation, and execution of the project. From goal setting, critical thinking, planning, and problem solving to motivation, conflict resolution, awareness of individual differences, supportive communication, teamwork, and project management, the "Bike Ride Across Texas" gives Leadership Studies Program students opportunities to practice and develop leadership and organization skills in a real project.

As part of the ride, participants also use the experience to preach the importance of life-long fitness, healthy living, and bicycle safety to people along the 925-mile route. Through newspaper stories, television appearances, and publicity on the ride through our university, we get to tell others that obesity prevention, exercise, and healthy living are important issues for all Texans. Three elementary school presentations in Abilene on our mid-point layover will put us face-to-face with young people--who will hopefully make fitness and exercise regular parts of their lives.


We did it!  BRAT2 is in the history books and we are now gearing up for a ride to Canada in the summer of 2015. Time to start training and preparing for the next great adventure.  Thanks to all of our supporters for making this a reality.

Bike Ride Across Texas 2

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BRAT2 story produced by HSU Communications
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We were also featured in newspaper stories in Premont, Uvalde, Wheeler, Canadian, and Liberal (click to read).

BRAT2 story appearing on the HSU website (5/6/14).


BRAT 2014 route: Brownsville, Premont, Tilden, Uvalde, Eden, Abilene, Paducah, Wheeler, Liberal (Kansas)--925 miles.


Bike Ride Across Texas 2 Sponsors


Special thanks to a wonderfully generous supporter from HSU as well as parents, grandparents, family members, and friends of our riders.



Four of our BRAT2 riders at completion of 60-mile Colorado River Bikefest ride in Ballinger on April 26, 2014.


Six of our eight BRAT2 riders at completion of 32-mile Steam-N-Wheels ride in Abilene on March 22, 2014.

Email Dr. Patterson at to learn more and get aboard.


BRAT2 is proud to be an advocate for the President's Challenge--promoting physical fitness, exercise, and healthy living to Texans of all ages.  Find an active hobby and make exercise a regular part of your life.



Story by HSU Communication at mid-point of ride.

Click on image to read story from HSU Light Standard

Click on image to read story from Abilene Reporter-News


Jacqueline's BRAT Blog

HSU website story #1

HSU website story #2

KTAB 4U news story


Photos from BRAT1
Video clips from Patterson vehicle on BRAT1
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