Ivan Trevino hadn’t been able to show rapper Trae tha Truth or his Relief Gang partner Mr. Rogers the appreciation he thought they deserved. It just so happens now is the perfect time.
Trevino’s Clutch City Cruisers has built a regular thing of leading bike rides through the city for good causes, and honoring good Houstonians. Now they are bringing the city together, to not only show love to the Relief Gang, but to also support each other during a difficult time.
This Thursday their weekly ride, which took off during the pandemic and over the summer, has an even greater purpose. The stop at the journey's midway point, Trevino tells Houstonia, will be a special location where they will hold a moment of silence for Astroworld victims and survivors.
Trevino says that when he spoke with Trae about doing a ride they agreed it would be about showing unification in Houston, during a time when people are still processing what happened at Astroworld, in which 8 people died and many more were injured, including very young children. “It's such a big tragedy, kind of trying to put that big bandage over Houston,” says Trevino who cofounded Clutch City several years ago with some friends and has grown it into one of the biggest mass bicycle-ride groups in Houston.
The rides can be long, but they draw participants from all over the county and state. Trevino says he expects between 1,500 to 2000 people to show up to ride from downtown to wherever Clutch City has chosen as their final stop. Trevino promises the ride will be a place for people to not only enjoy the exercise and comradery of a long 15-plus mile journey through the city, but also a space for people to express what they’re feeling after the Astroworld tragedy.
“It's just something that it's hard to sleep on. But, you know we're going to do our part and see what we can do, to do our best to not let those voices go unheard,” Trevino says.
Ride With Trae, 301 Milam Street (near Market Square Park), ride starts at 7 p.m. For more info., www.instagram.com/clutch_city_cruisers.