Reagan student bikes for a cure


This past Sunday, while most of the community still slept, Reagan High School student Kevin Tyburski was already well into a 60-mile bike ride in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

“It was a hard 60 miles,” the 16-year-old says of the hilly Ride for the Roses race held 20 miles outside of Austin in Dripping Springs. Scheduled in conjunction with Armstrong’s Livestrong challenge, the Ride for the Roses is a special event open to those who meet certain fundraising goals. A family friend asked Tyburski, who has also participated in the MS 150 and the Tour de Cure, to join him in the tandem ride.

“It looked like fun,” says Tyburski, who began biking roughly three years ago and readily admits to being a fan of Lance Armstrong.

Prior to the race, the junior at Reagan High School recruited family and friends to sponsor his ride and succeeded in raising a set goal of $250. Donations support LAF’s mission to empower and inspire people affected by cancer.

Of his supporters, Tyburski says, “They’re very proud of what I’ve done…of what I get out and do.”