Thousands of Cyclists Will Ride Toward a World Free of MS at Bike MS Events Throughout Michigan in 2015

Southfield, Mich. — Thousands of cyclists are expected to raise more than $900,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS at four major Bike MS events taking place throughout Michigan in 2015. Bike MS, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is the premier fundraising cycling series in the U.S. for anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis. All participants have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops, a finish line celebration and much more.

Attracting more than 100,000 participants nationwide, Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the U.S. Bike MS participants include people living with MS, their friends, families and neighbors, as well as corporate teams and individuals who are driven to help end MS forever.

There will be 100 extraordinary Bike MS rides across the country in 2015. National Bike MS sponsors include Primal Wear, Bicycling Magazine, TRUE Fitness, Genzyme | MS One to One, Kenda Tires, Topeak, and Showers Pass.

In Michigan, four Bike MS events are scheduled:

  • West Michigan Ride – June 6 & 7 / Hope College, Dow Center

The West Michigan Great Lakes Breakaway Bike MS Ride is a figure eight route designed to take you along the shoreline of Lake Michigan with route options of 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles each day. On Saturday riders head south through the town of Saugatuck and then along the scenic Blue Star Highway before heading inland to our rest stop at Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar. Two-day riders will spend the night at Hope College and have an opportunity to enjoy the town of Holland. On Sunday, participants will take Lakeshore Dr. north then east, just south of Grand Haven. Hundreds of riders will enjoy breathtaking views on this scenic ride.  To make your ride a safe and memorable one, the Great Lakes West Michigan Breakaway Bike MS Ride is fully supported with SAG vehicles, bike mechanics and rest stops. After the ride, we invite all of our registered cyclists to celebrate and enjoy great food and festivities at the finish line celebration.

  • Mid Michigan Ride – July 11 & 12 / Milford High School (Highland Township, MI)

The Bike MS: Mid Michigan Great Lakes Breakaway is an out and back route designed to take you through the gently rolling hills of Mid Michigan.  Two-day riders may ride 75 or 100 miles each day and will spend the night at Michigan State University and have an opportunity to enjoy the Saturday evening festivities at our President’s reception at the Kellogg Center. On Sunday, two-day participants will head back along the same roads to finish at Milford High School. One day riders (Sunday only) will start and finish at Milford High School and their route will join in with those cyclists returning from East Lansing. All participants are welcomed back to Milford High School on Sunday afternoon with a BBQ celebration in their honor.   The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike mechanics, full meals, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line and enjoy a wonderful evening celebration. A fantastic finish awaits you with great food, music, and massages.

  • Fall Breakaway Ride – September 12  / Island Lake Recreation Area

The Fall Breakaway Bike MS Ride takes you through Island Lake Recreation Area. The Fall Breakaway offers cyclists a 12 and 24 mile road ride or 5 and 9 mile mountain bike trails for the off road riders. All riders will enjoy breathtaking views on this scenic ride. The spectacular scenery includes everything from open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in. To make your ride a safe and memorable one, the Fall Breakaway Ride is fully supported with SAG vehicles, bike mechanics and rest stops. After the ride, we invite all of our registered cyclists to celebrate and enjoy great food and festivities at the finish line celebration.

  • Bavarian Breakaway Ride – September 26 & 27 / Frankenmuth, Heritage Park

The Bike MS: Great Lakes Bavarian Breakaway is a figure eight route that starts and finishes in Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria. You will enjoy this fast, flat route while riding through the serene roads and quaint towns such as Vassar, Mayville, Chesaning, and Otter Lake.  This will be a great event for the whole family whether you are cycling or decide to enjoy the city’s attractions and great shopping. A tent camping option will be provided outside the Harvey Kern Pavilion for both Friday and Saturday nights. Riders may also choose to make their own hotel or camping reservations (at their own expense) at a variety of lodging establishments in town.  After the ride, we invite all of our registered cyclists to celebrate and enjoy great food and festivities at the Finish Line Celebration. We have route options for cyclists of every level, ranging from 30-100 miles each day. The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike mechanics, full meals, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line and enjoy a wonderful evening celebration. A fantastic finish awaits you with great food, music, and massages.

There is a registration fee and $250 fundraising minimum per participant for Bike MS.  First time riders can register for FREE by using the discount code MIGT2R15.

For all the details and to sign up to ride, visit www.bikeMSmi.org

 

 

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