Bike MS kicks off Friday, August 5 at 5:00 pm! To make sure you’ve got everything covered, please review this post and download a copy of the Bike MS 2016 Ride Guide.
The Ride Guide includes:
- Bike MS weekend schedule
- Driving directions
- Route maps
- Rider Village and campus maps
- Weekend entertainment & field trips
- Family food & beverage info
- And a whole lot more
You may also pick up a copy of the Ride Guide at registration.
HAVE YOU MET YOUR $250 FUNDRAISING MINIMUM?
In order to ride event weekend, you must meet the $250 fundraising minimum. If you have cash or checks yet to be accounted for, please do not mail them. Bring those donations along with you when you check-in.
LODGING, CAMPING AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS
We offer several easy ways to stay onsite at Bike MS:
Camping (FREE)*: We have a nice, flat field slightly removed from our event festivities.
RV Parking (FREE)*: We love Winnebagos and have room for your 4-wheeled beastie.
*Both Camping and RV parking are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Showers and restrooms are nearby. Make sure to bring soap, towels, and toiletries.
Dorm Housing – Online booking now closed. Please book your room when you arrive at Bike MS.
- $65.00 – Single bed with a community bathroom
- $90.00 – One room with two beds and a community bathroom
- $195.00 – One room with three single beds, a sitting room, and private bathroom
- $320.00 – Apartment with four single beds, kitchenette, and a private bathroom
Note: Towels and bed linens included in price.
Dorms: Check-in Friday anytime after 5 PM /Check-out Sunday by 2 PM
AMY’S TIPS FOR STAYING COZY IN THE DORMS
- Bring a fan to stay cool (it can be warm in the rooms)
- Midnight snacks – For those random hungry times
- Shower bag – don’t drop everything in the hallway
- Shower shoes – for communal showers
- An extension cord – to plug in your phone or fan
- Mini flashlight – great for finding the light switch in the middle of the night
- Extra undergarments – because sweating isn’t pretty
- Water bottle for round-the-clock thirst quenching
- Earplugs and eye mask – always a good idea for the light sleeper
- Light sweater/sweatshirt or long sleeve t-shirt – if you tend to get chilly easily and are volunteering at an early morning or late night shift, you may find it a bit cold; plus, watching The Princess Bride is 100x better when you’re cozy
WANT TO BRING ALONG YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY?
They can cheer you at the finish line, join you for meals, camp out, and participate in our numerous activities.
You can buy a single meal for $12, alcohol wristband for $20, and full-weekend wristband for $50.
> Purchase at the Registration tent
Important note about minors:
Parent/authorized adult(s) must supervise minors (participants) throughout all event activities (both on and off the route/course) and are responsible for their safety.
Note: Minors may not be transported in a SAG vehicle without a parent/authorized adult. Similarly, a minor may not continue on the route if the parent/authorized adult needs transportation via SAG. They must accompany the authorized adult.
Thank you for your understanding!
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave
Monmouth OR 97361
Once you arrive on campus, follow the signs to Rider Village.
Interstate 5 Northbound:
Take Exit 249 (Commercial Street). Follow Commercial into Salem, and as you near downtown, Commercial will curve to the right and become Liberty Street. Stay on Liberty until you reach Marion Street. Turn left, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side of the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
Alternate Northbound Route:
Take Exit 228 and follow route 34 towards Corvallis. After crossing the Willamette River into Corvallis, turn right at the second light onto scenic highway 99W. Continue north about 20 miles until you reach Monmouth; turn left at the first stop light, onto Main Street. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
Interstate 5 Southbound:
Take Exit 260A (Salem Parkway). Follow the Parkway into Salem. The Parkway will curve to the left and become Commercial Street. Stay on Commercial until you reach Marion Street. Turn right, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side on the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
PARKING & DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS
If you are a Top Fundraiser, I Ride with MS (IRWMS) or VIP rider, make sure to display your parking permit (found inside your rider packet) for access to your lot. If you haven’t already picked up your rider packet, it will be available at check-in.
- IRWMS (I Ride with MS) – Lot F
- Top Fundraisers & RVs – Lot G
- VIPs – Lot H
- Camping – Lot R
- All other riders and volunteers – Lot J
Download our Ride Guide to see the campus parking map
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY
That means we’ll have roving Support and Gear Vehicles (SAGs), EMT’s, and multiple rest stops where you can grab a quick snack or drink along the route. If you need a lift at any time, a SAG vehicle will happily pick up both you and your bike. We’ll even take you back to the finish line!
Program the Route Support number into your mobile phone: 503-610-6110
WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?
Rain or shine, hot or cold, we will roll! In the event of severe weather, we have a thorough action system in place and will implement it as conditions warrant.
Hot Weather Riding Tips
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your fellow riders for signs or symptoms of heat illness
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing
- Gradually build up to hill climbs
- Take more breaks (and in shaded areas—we have rest stops every 8-12 miles)
- Drink water and electrolytes frequently and drink BEFORE you get thirsty
Updated Wednesday, August 3
- Friday: 79 / 49
- Saturday: 76 / 53
- Sunday: 72 / 52
Friday Night Bike-e-okee (Karaoke) > 8-9:30 pm
Belt out your favorite tune solo, with your team, or with the entire crowd. Sign-up starts at 7:00 pm.
The Saturday Night Super Spectacular Show > 6:30-7:30 pm
Could you or one of your teammates be a winner of a Cranky Pedals award? Join us for this fun, entertaining and heartfelt show to find out.
Saturday Night Movie Beneath the Stars: The Princess Bride > 8:30 pm
Thanks to the hundreds of people who voted for this fun blockbuster! Bring a blanket and sit on the grass, or grab a chair and enjoy the fun. Salted caramel popcorn (yum!) and candy bars available.
Saturday Field Trips: Fun for the Entire Family > Departures between 11:45-2:15 pm
If you’re looking for something fun to do after the ride, or if your family’s coming along but not cycling, one of these excursions may be the perfect escape.
Download our Ride Guide to see trip details.
TEAMS WHO SCORED A SWEET TENT
A big shoutout to the following teams who raised $10,000+ during Bike MS 2015 and have earned a tent this year in Rider Village!!
- Team Slugfish
- Team LAM
- Team Road Kill
- Point B
- Missing Spokes
- Team Wanta Eliminate MS
- Butts on Bikes Against MS
- The Nurdy Cranksters
- Stomp MS
Questions about team tents? Please email Amy.Harris@nmss.org or call 503-445-8351.
It’s gonna be a FANTASTIC ride!
Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
Check-in opens at 5 pm Friday