Preparations for MS150 Bike Ride, Houston to Austin

I’m riding in the MS150 for the first time this year. It’s nice to know how much thought and planning has gone into the safety and comfort of the riders on the part of event staff. The Chronicle’s Steve Sievert relates all the logistics and manpower that go into shepherding 12,000 bicyclists between two major metropolitan areas over two days. Even more inspiring is to realize the amount of funding the race generates for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

MS 150 cyclists already have raised $4.5 million this year, putting the tour well on its way to reaching the $10 million plateau for the first time. The tour is by far the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with donations funding a variety of support programs for MS patients in the chapter’s 141-county service area.

Final preparations for MS 150 keep Suggitt busy

Donations can be made electronically on the MS150 website. If you know someone riding, you can help them reach their fundraising goals by making the donation in their name.

4 Comments so far

  1. shawn (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    The MS150 is an awesome event. I’ve done three myself and if my bike was working and I wasn’t such a lazy arse, I’d be riding this year too. I rode the Houston – Austin twice and did one from Denton to some lonely park in Oklahoma. I’d like to do the Bike to the Beach, which is an MS150 ride from San Antonio to Corpus Christie.

  2. LessCowbell (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    I did it the last two years – lots of fun but a lot of work. I’m taking a break this year.

  3. Luke Gilman (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 9:36 am

    What a great event. I finished the weekend intact, the weather was just about perfect and ten million dollars were raised for MS research. 92 year-old Bud Schiffman was the star of the event.

    From the Houston Chronicle: Whether they came in first or trickled in last, jubilation awaited all riders in Austin

  4. Mary Margaret (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    This was my first MS150 and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t train like I should have and took the sag wagon twice, the heat got to me on Saturday. I know what I need to do for next year. The people were wonderful. When you’d be riding with fields on either side of the road and then you’d see someone at the end of a driveway waving you on. Well it make my heart soar.

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