Wheels Down for Gear Up 2024
May 11, 2024

From San Antonio to Laredo, Seattle to St. Louis, cyclists from all around gather each year for the Gear Up Against Kids Cancer ride to bring community awareness to the 15,000+ children annually diagnosed with cancer and raise much-needed funds to help researchers develop more effective and less toxic treatments for childhood cancer

100% of the funds generated will stay local and directly support the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute – UT Health San Antonio and their mission to translate today’s research discoveries into tomorrow’s treatments

Our inaugural ride had over 200 riders, and in 2023, we saw more than 300 people gear up against kids’ cancer!

Ready to Gear Up? Grab your bikes (don’t forget your helmets) and register today for the THIRD ANNUAL “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer” on May 11, 2024.

Gear Up Against Kids Cancer, Organizing Committee

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make Gear Up '23 a Raving Success!

Routes & Schedule

The Gear Up Against Kids Cancer routes were designed to take you around some of the most scenic roads of southern Wilson County, Texas. All three routes start and finish at the Floresville Event Center (600 TX-97, Floresville, TX 78114), giving you plenty of flat terrain with the occasional hill to push and challenge you.

Packet Pickup:


The Routes:

The 28-mile route travels along beautiful ranch and farmland, giving you plenty of distance to cover without going overboard, especially for the riders new to cycling.

The 40-mile route is a great chance to stretch your cycling legs, venture to the far southwest corner of the county, and then wind your way back into the City of Floresville and the event center.

The 60-mile route is perfect for those wanting a more challenging ride. The route expands your tour of Wilson County and travels to the City of Poth, TX, makes its way into southeast Wilson County, and, just like the other routes, ends at the Floresville Event Center.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will be strategically positioned in high-traffic areas to assist riders in safely navigating the routes.

6:00 AMCheck-in, last-minute packet pickup, and on-site registration*
6:30 AMBike mechanics will be available
7:30 AMOpening Ceremony/Remarks
8:00 AM60mi wheels down
8:15 AM40mi wheels down
8:30 AM28mi wheels down
11:00 AMLunch available to riders
3:00 PMRide ends for all riders

*We will be unable to accept cash or check payments at check-in.  Registration will only be available online –> HERE.<–  FYI, t-shirts may not be available for “day of” registrations

Birds-eye view of all routes

Downtown, Turn-by-Turn Detail



Early-Bird Registration 

  • $50 (Through 5P Friday, April 19, 2024)

Full registration:

  • $70
Dates to be made aware of:
  • T-shirt registration guarantee deadline 5P Friday, April 19, 2024,
  • Early-bird registration ends @ midnight on Friday, April 19, 2024.
How do I Register a Team:
  1. When a person wants to register, they must first click on one of the categories (28mi, 40mi, 60mi)
  2. When they click on that, they can “Create/Join a Team.”
  3. The first person to register on a team registers as Captain and enters the Team Name  (this can be changed later)
  4. Anyone who wants to join that team will Register as a Teammate and choose the team name from the drop-down menu.
How do I Register Multiple Riders on a Single Payment:
  1. When the first person registers, they fill out their information, then hit “Add Another” at the bottom of the form.
  2. Make sure to click on the ride distance category (28/40/60) for each rider.
  3. You can keep doing this with as many people as you like, and when you get to the payment page, you can put in one credit card.




I am a UT Health San Antonio Employee, Can I Pay for an Individual/Team with a PID?

Yes, we need an email sent to Brian Phillips (phillipsb@uthscsa.edu) from the PID approver with the following:

      • IDT Dept #
      • PID #
      • Fund #
      • Total amount

Can I make a donation to support the Greehey CCRI’s mission without participating?

Absolutely!  Please click on the “Donate” button below.


Sponsorship & Fundraising

Why We Ride

kid with cancer

  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children under the age of 15.
    (SOURCE: National  Vital Statistics Report)
  • There have been only three drugs approved in the first instance for use in children since 1980.   Fewer than eight total drugs, consisting of the three above and five others approved for use in adults, have been developed for use in children with cancer –compared with hundreds of drugs developed specifically for adults only. (SOURCE: cancer.gov)

Learn More: Childhood Cancer 101

2024 Gear Up Supporters

Silver Level Sponsors

Mays CC

In-Kind Sponsors

BuyerSA Parks & Rec

Mechanical Support Shops

Ride in ParadiseTrek SA

Crossroads_Logo_150Britton Bikes

Safety Tips

While this is not an exhaustive list, following them can greatly increase your safety and help prevent injury to yourself and others.

Additional Safety Information

Connect With Us

Future Gear Up Dates

2025: Sat, May 5
2026: Sat, May 2
2027: Sat, May 1
2028: Sat, May 5

Contact US

Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute – UT Health San Antonio
8403 Floyd Curl, MC 7784
San Antonio, TX 78229-9880
(210) 562-9000

Gear Up Organizing Committee:

Brian Phillips, BA
Greehey CCRI Program Coordinator – Sr.
phillipsb@uthscsa.edu or 210-450-8271

Gregory J. Aune, MD, PhD
Greehey CCRI Principal Investigator

Norman Mendez
Greehey CCRI Operations Manager

Victor Aguilar
Greehey CCRI Executive Assistant to the Director

David Rodriguez
Greehey CCRI IT Specialist

Special Acknowledgements

Everyone at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute would like to thank the UT Health San Antonio Marketing & Communications team and the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for their guidance and support of the “Gear Up Against Kids Cancer” bike ride.