Santa Fe, NM
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
September 20-23, 2018
Must raise $12,000 by July 31, 2018 to qualify. Raise $24,000+ by July 31 and bring a guest for free!
The annual Tour of Champions (TOC) is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations for the National MS Society's top fundraisers. The weekend honors those riders who have made a significant contribution to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Each year, millions are raised to fund vital programs and services to improve the quality of life for the MS community, as well as cutting-edge research for treatments and a cure.
This year, TOC participants will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 20-23, 2018. The TOC weekend celebration includes:
After receiving notification that you qualify to participate in the Tour of Champions, please complete the online TOC Registration Form and submit by the July 20, 2018 deadline. Please thoroughly review all TOC Policies before submitting your registration.
Included in the link above are forms requesting information if you'd like to ship your personal bike or rent one locally through the National MS Society and a TOC Biography Questionnaire to share a little information about yourself for our event book. Each TOC attendee must complete the Emergency Waiver section which is included in the Registration form above as well. If you plan to bring a guest, please complete their information in the registration form and have them complete a Guest Emergency Waiver & Biography Form.
If you have a guest fee ($1,200), bike shipping fee ($125), bike rental fees ($125/bike) or excursion fee ($35) associated with TOC, the payment deadline is July 31, 2018. If you would like to pay for those with a credit card online, please click the link below. To access the payment website you will need to have your rider login available.
Otherwise, please mail checks to: National MS Society, 8111 N. Stadium Drive Suite 100 Houston, TX 77054; please indicate "TOC" or "Tour of Champions" in the memo section of the check.
After landing at Albuquerque International Airport, you will be greeted by MS staff as you collect your bags. We will depart by charter bus to Santa Fe (90 mins). After checking in to your room at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, the group will gather for a welcome reception and dinner.
On Friday morning, cyclists will participate in a 46 mile fully-supported bike ride through Indian tribal land in North Western Santa Fe and into the Puye Cliffs. Lunch will be provided at mile 19. Guests that are not participating in the bike ride can take a shuttle to meet cyclists for lunch.
Friday’s dinner is on your own in Santa Fe. There are a couple restaurants in the resort, but most will require hotel shuttle service or alternate transportation or Uber into town.
On Saturday, enjoy a 23 mile morning ride or explore one of the many activities in Santa Fe or at the resort on your own. There are a number of amenities and activities at the resort including golf, a casino, fitness center, spa and multiple pools to enjoy during the day. Our designated shuttle can also take you into the Santa Fe Plaza which is surrounded by restaurants, shop and museums.
As an optional group excursion, you can join us for hiking at Bandelier National Monument on Saturday morning. The park protects over 33,000 acres of beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence going back over 11,000 years as evidenced by remaining petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls. From the visitor’s center, the main loop trail is 1.2 miles leading through excavated archeological sites with options to climb into a number of dwellings. A portion of this trail is handicapped accessible. Other trails in this area include the 3 mile round-trip Falls Trail to the beautiful Upper Falls and various trails of different lengths and difficulty leading up to the mesa tops. Afterwards a picnic lunch will be provided.
TOC weekend wraps up on Saturday evening with dinner at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Stay tuned for more details!
For more information on:
Please see below for round trip flight times from Houston IAH, Houston Hobby, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. If you are flying round trip from another city, you will be notified by email of these schedules.
We will do our best to accommodate all flight requests.
HOUSTON IAH GROUP FLIGHT
United Airlines #1
Thursday, Sept 20 UA Flt 3608 9:50am-11:05am Houston IAH – Albuquerque E7W
Sunday, Sept 23 UA Flt 6236 5:30pm-8:33pm Albuquerque – Houston
United Airlines #2
Thursday, Sept 20 UA Flt 2061 12:10pm-1:34pm Houston IAH – Albuquerque E7W
Sunday, Sept 23 UA Flt 212 2:05pm - 5:20pm Albuquerque – Houston IAH E7W
HOUSTON HOBBY GROUP FLIGHT
Thursday, Sept 20 SW Flt 4532 8:15am – 9:20am Houston Hobby – Albuquerque Boeing 737-800
Sunday, Sept 23 SW Flt 6913 12:20pm – 3:25pm Albuquerque – Houston Hobby Boeing 737-800
DALLAS GROUP FLIGHT
Thursday, Sept 20 AA Flt 2252 9:05am – 10:00am Dallas DFW – Albuquerque 738 Boeing 737
Sunday, Sept 23 AA Flt 2712 2:53pm– 5:44pm Albuquerque – Dallas DFW 738 Boeing 737
AUSTIN GROUP FLIGHT
Thursday, Sept 20 SW Flt 1363 6:25am – 7:15am Austin – Houston Hobby Boeing 737-800
SW Flt 4532 8:15am – 9:20am Houston Hobby – Albuquerque Boeing 737-700
Sunday, Sept 23 SW Flt 4039 3:30pm – 6:10pm Albuquerque– Austin Boeing 737-700
SAN ANTONIO GROUP FLIGHT
Thursday, Sept 20 SW Flt 1363 6:30am – 7:30am San Antonio – Houston Hobby Boeing 737-300
SW Flt 4532 8:15am – 9:20am Houston Hobby - Albuquerque
Sunday, Sept 23 SW Flt 3347 12:15pm – 2:55pm Albuquerque – Dallas Love Boeing 737-300
SW Flt 2833 3:50pm – 4:55pm Dallas Love – San Antonio
Friday's Bike Ride: coming soon!
Saturday's Bike Ride: coming soon!
*route maps subject to changes
Friday morning’s 46 mile bike ride will be fully supported, including lunch heading into Puye Cliffs (mile 19). Cyclists will ride west from the resort through Native American lands with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Guests that are not participating in the bike ride can take a shuttle to meet cyclists for lunch.
Saturday morning’s 22 mile ride heads north east of the resort through the Nambe Pueblo and through beautiful rust colored desert terrain. The ride will be supported with SAG vehicles and one breakpoint at the turnaround at mile 11.
If you plan to participate in one or more of these rides, please fill out the appropriate bike shipping or bike rental sections on the registration form. There is a fee of $125 for us to ship your own personal bike or $125 for us to rent you a bike locally.
Please note that rentals are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are a number of opportunities available for sponsorships during TOC. Show support of our bike ride, hospitality room, printing, dinners, and more! Opportunities for visibility in front of our group. For more information about how your company or organization can get involved in TOC sponsorship opportunities for 2018, please contact Clarissa Horner at 214-693-8322 or SC_TOC@nmss.org