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Bike MS: Cool Riding in Hot Weather

A lot of folks have asked us, “Are we still riding even though the weather dudes are forecasting 100 degrees?”

ABSOLUTELY! And here’s how we’ll help you (and how you can help yourself) keep rolling in the heat. Read more…

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Bike MS: New Route Markers & Signage for 2015

Route Marking at Bike MS

All routes will be marked with orange laminated signs with a large arrow on them. Examples of the signage will be at the start line.

Along the route, each turn is marked:

  • In Advance: The arrow signs will be posted along the route in advance of each turn (the more difficult a turn, the more signs)
  • At the Turn: An arrow at the turn
  • After the Turn: An arrow following the turn indicating you are on the route

Plus, in between turns we periodically place arrows at road crossings and other intersections to give you the confidence that you’re still on the route (always a good thing).

Route S​plits

We take special care to make sure you choose the correct route while riding. Look for these three signs posted on A-frames:

  1. ROUTE SPLIT AHEAD
  2. CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE – Each sign indicates route distance, plus a directional arrow for which way to go.
  3. YOU ARE ON (Insert Route) – This sign will confirm which route you have selected.

Note: We do close routes so everyone can finish on time. Signs will be posted at splits indicating if a route has closed, and which direction to head to the finish.

All routes use the same color arrows, so once you pass a split or rejoin a shorter route, just follow your color.

Day 1 vs Day 2 Route Markings

The same route arrows are used for both days of the event. We’ll remove any overlapping signs. When you start on Day 2, simply follow the same signs for the route and at route splits.

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It’s gonna be a FANTASTIC ride! See you this weekend.

Pedal on,

Amy Harris
Amy.Harris@nmss.org

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Bike MS: Everything You Need to Know for Event Weekend & New Ride Guide

Bike MS kicks off this Friday at 5:00 pm! To make sure you’ve got everything covered, please grab our new Ride Guide.

The Ride Guide includes information such as:

  • Bike MS weekend schedule
  • Driving directions
  • Route information
  • Accommodations
  • Rider Village and campus maps
  • Weekend entertainment
  • Family food & beverage info
  • And a whole lot more

Read more…

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AMY’S BIKE MS TIP OF THE WEEK #1: TELL YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS WHY YOU RIDE

Our Bike MS fundraising goal this year is $727,000. We’re moving towards our goal, but the only way we’ll blast through it (and PUMMEL MS!) is by raising dollars to find a cure.

If you’re already blowing through your goal, ROCK ON! 

If you’re still working or need a little help to fundraise (or hit your $250 minimum, which is required to ride on event weekend), try this out:

Tell your FB friends why you’re riding, rolling, volunteering, or supporting from afar. Include a pic of the person you’re riding for (even if it’s you), and add your Bike MS Personal Page URL so people can quickly make donations online. The more personal your post, the more friends will want to help. Read more…

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Bike MS Safety Tips

As a participant in the Bike MS Willamette Valley, you not only represent yourself and your team, but the National MS Society and the cycling community as well. Please remember bike safety by reviewing these safety resources.

Questions about safety? Give me a shout.

Amy Harris
Bike MS Manager
503.445.8351
Amy.Harris@nmss.org

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Meet The Real Riders of Bike MS: Mike J.

Are you a Real Rider, too? Then join us this summer at Bike MS. Or make a donation. Every dollar counts on the road to #endMS!

Learn More, Register or Make a Donation

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#bikeMSOregon

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Meet The Real Riders of Bike MS: Stephanie & Suzanne

Are you a Real Rider, too? Then join us this summer at Bike MS. Or make a donation. Every dollar counts on the road to #endMS!

Learn More, Register or Make a Donation

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#bikeMSOregon

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AMY’S BIKE MS TIP OF THE WEEK #2: WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDRAISING, THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EMAIL

Why do we Bike MS?

To show, through the thunderous roar of thousands across the U.S., that WE WILL CRUSH multiple sclerosis once and for all!

So, whether you raise $10,000, $2,500 or $250, every dollar helps us fund cutting-edge research—and gives hope to our friends, loved-ones, relatives and those of us who live with MS—that we will cross the finish line.

As a Bike MS Participant, we know you’re committed to helping us fulfill our mission.

Here are 5 quick tips from Point B team member Paul D. that’ll help you roll towards our (and your) goal, and/or will give your existing fundraising efforts a fresh boost.

Enjoy!! Read more…

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BE KIND TO YOUR MS – EXERCISE!

By Helen Russon

Our MS support group has been sharing ideas about getting healthier. We talked about building better eating habits in January and last month the topic turned to exercise. You might think that exercise wouldn’t be a popular topic among a group where limited mobility is such a common problem. But as soon as we started our discussion, the energy and enthusiasm was obvious. Read more…

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Meet The Real Riders of Bike MS: Jeff H.

Are you a Real Rider, too? Then join us this summer at Bike MS. Or make a donation. Every dollar counts on the road to #endMS!

Learn More, Register or Make a Donation

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#bikeMSOregon