New rider Orientation• Introductions• Why We Ride• Fundraising• Preparing for the Ride• What to Expect Weekend of the Ride• Finish Line• Q&A
What is MS?What is MS?MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the centralnervous system. MS causes the destruction of myelin,resulting in the interruption of the flow of informationwithin the brain, as well as between the brain and body.It is an unpredictable disease with no known cause.Symptoms• Difficulty walking• Dizziness and vertigo• Poor balance and coordination• Weakness and fatigue• Visual impairment• Cognitive (memory) problems
National MS SocietyWho Is Diagnosed?-Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with MS.-There are more than 400,000 people with MS in the United States.-The average age for diagnosis is between 20 and 50 with more than twice as manyfemales diagnosed than males.-In Texas, we serve 254 counties and over 56,000 people living with MS as well as theirfamilies.
Fundraising Tips• Set up and personalize your page!• Set a goal, reach it, and set a new goal!• Spread the word, tell your story• Don’t be afraid to ASK! Add a picture Set a Goal
Fundraising ClubsTop 300 fundraisers who raised Anyone who raises overover $3.9 million in 2012. They $1000 for the BP MS 150.receive many special perks Prize levels begin at $1000.throughout the year.
Preparing for the RideTraining and Conditioning • Recommended Rides • Official Bike Stores----Training rides, ride in the different elements • Gym/Cross-trainingNutrition & Hydration During Training • Eat before you ride (don’t ride on an empty stomach) • Know what works for you (bars/gu/blocks/sports drinks) • Eat and Drink early and often During BP MS 150 • Make sure you are hydrated before you start • Eat every 45 minutes • Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking
Preparing for the RideApparel & Gear• Helmet• Bike-road bike, hybrid, or mountain bike – measured to fit your body• Cycling shoes• Cycling shorts (padded)• Jersey• Water bottle• Gloves• Personal ID, health insurance card & cash (in Ziploc bag)• Sunglasses• Saddle bag• Check weather (layers, wind, rain, arm warmers)• REFER TO SUGGESTED PACKING LIST FOR OTHER WEEKEND NEEDS FREE Bicycle Safety Inspections from FEB 15 – APRIL 12 ---- $15 FEE APPLIES beginning April 13th
Preparing for the Ride Maintenance and CareYou Must Learn the ABC’s ………• Air pressure• Brakes,• Chain & Crank• Tires and Flat Repair• Tools and Equipment: – Saddle bag, pump (floor pump or Co2 Cartridge), multi-tool, tubes
Preparing for the RideSafe Cycling Challenge• Online Safety Quiz is intended for educational purposes to increase a rider’s knowledge and awareness of cycling safety.Group Riding Skills• A hands-on course designed by the League of American Bicyclists to provide you with the principles of group riding so you can safely enjoy riding the BP MS 150 and other group ridesSafety Zone• A safety resource on www.bpms150.net designed to provide participants with information to ensure a safe, enjoyable cycling experience
FridayHouston Austin• BP MS 150 Expo • Weekend Parking• Final Packet Pick up • Charter busses to Houston Omni• Bike Inspections Hotel ($35)• Vendors • Bike transport to Houston (Tully)• Bike Stores• VIP• Official BP MS 150 Merchandise• Pasta dinner• Meet your pedal partner
Packet Pick - Up• All registered riders must pick up a packet prior to the ride.• This is your Rider Packet. It contains your rider numbers, wristband, luggage tags , Cycling Map with mileage, twist ties  and safety pins .• You MUST complete the Emergency information on the back of this bib prior to the ride.• Riders can turn in donations at any packet pick up event.• Official Rider T-shirt, goody bag, bandanas• $3500 or more will receive Top Fundraiser jersey• Underage riders must have waiver form notarized
Day 1Tully Stadium-1050 Dairy AshfordHouston Route - 100 miles to LaGrangeStart time – 6:45amRhodes Stadium-1733 Katy Fort Bend RdKaty Route – 83 miles to LaGrangeStart time – 6:45 amWaller Stadium– 20735 Stokes RoadWaller Route - 76 miles to LaGrangeStart time – rolling start –begin 8am-10amThings to remember: o Arrive Early! o Secured parking o Remember where you start o Luggage trucks (team vs. NMSS) o Money, credit card o Find your team
Luggage and Bike Transport• The NMSS will provide complimentary transport of luggage from Houston, Katy, and Waller starts to LaGrange Overnight. Luggage will then be transported to Austin for pick up by cyclists.• To transport bikes or reserve a seat on a coach style bus from Austin to Houston, Katy and/or Waller, a $35 fee is required. Must use Official luggage tags Personalize your luggage! Pay for transport fee online bpms150.net
Route - Safety is a priority!Route Times: – Saturday --------6:45am – 6:30pm – Sunday ----------6:45am – 6:30pmRoute Support: The BP MS 150 Bike Tour is a fully supported tour: • Ride Marshals • Bike Police • Bike Medic • Motorcycle Marshals • Medical Support Team • Mechanical support • SAGs • HAM Radio Team – Communication Personal support • Green Initiative Program vehicles are not • Breakpoints allowed on the route, support vehicles must use alternate route
BreakpointsBreakpoints are rest stops for cyclists as they travelthe routes. Breakpoints occur approximately every10-15 miles. All breakpoints will provide water, sportdrink, snacks, fruit, port-a-cans, first aid, and bikemechanics.
LunchDay 1: BellvilleDay 2: Bastrop9 am - 3 pmIf you have special dietary needs, it is recommended that you packyour own lunch to meet your specific needs.
FayettevilleMost Cycling-Friendly Community in Texas:practice Good Neighbor Policy
ONCE YOU CROSS THE LAGRANGE FINISH LINE….• Secured Bike storage compound• Pick up luggage• Team tents: Fayette County Fairgrounds or Camp St. Mark’s, RV, individual camping, Academy Tent village, hotels• Shower trucks• Massage (sign up early)• Food & beverages• Shuttles (showers, hotels, off-site parking)• Entertainment• Bike shop support and retail• First Aid• VIP• Lights out 10pm and lights on 4:30 am Sunday• Offsite parking for friends and family
Day 26:45am Fayette County Fairgrounds & Camp St. Mark’s• Club 300 and riders living w/ MS• Platinum safety Award winnerTwo Routes:• Bechtel Challenge Route- 77 miles(through the parks, more hills)Buescher/ Bastrop State Parks• Pfizer Lunch Express- 66 miles Things to remember: (down Hwy 71, long, slow inclines) Make your decision early! Be patient
ONCE YOU CROSS THE AUSTIN FINISH LINE…..• Load your bike or use bike compound• Pick up luggage• Shower trucks• Complimentary Food & beverages for riders• Meals & concessions for friends and family• Charter busses back to your start location, $35• Completion pins and certificates• VIP• First Aid• Official BP MS 150 Merchandise• Team Tents• Official State Capital Back drop photo• Parking Offsite for friends and family Things to remember: Load your bike first! Visit Bubble Bistro! Know where your Team tent is located!
Bubble BistroA place to cheerand keep cool forthose living withMS.