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Southwest Ohio provides a beautiful landscape for cycling with flat countryside and a few rolling hills. Routes are designed to accommodate all levels of ability. Whether you're a novice or veteran rider, you'll find a route that fits your cycling preference (25, 50, or 75 miles per day). A figure eight route allows riders to participate one or both days.
See route maps for Bike MS: Venture the Valley 2012 (subject to change).
Bike MS takes numerous steps to provide riders and volunteers with the highest level of safety possible. SAG vehicles, Goldwings, HAM Radio Operators and a First Aid team provide support along the route for riders. It is imperative that all riders follow the rules of the road. A safe ride is a success ride.
First Time Riders
In 2011, we had more than 300 new riders join the movement. Whatever your reason for riding, we're sure you'll have the ride of your life. Rookie riders are provided with plenty of fundraising tips and training support to help you reach your fundraising minimum and make sure you're ready for ride weekend. And, if you've never participated in Bike MS: Venture the Valley then we have a free registration for you through our Ticket to Ride program.
Rider Resources and Discounts
The Bike MS staff and planning committee does everything we can to help riders feel supported and excited for bike weekend. From training programs and rules of the road to jersey vendors and discounts, we hope you'll utilize the resources we give you. Take advantage of everything Bike MS has to offer.
Training is an integral part of preparing for Bike MS. Many of our partnering Bike Shops, along with some of our leading teams, have joined us to provide many training opportunities. Training rides vary in length and always have experienced cyclists present to lead the way.
The minimum age to ride in Bike MS is 12 years old. All children under 18 years old are required to have notarized waiver and must be accompanied by a legal guardian. No trailers or carriers are permitted. Anyone under 12 years old who wishes to participate in Bike MS is always welcomed to volunteer with a legal guardian.
Camp Kern Accommodations and Hotel Information
Hundreds of riders and volunteers join us each year for the overnight at Camp Kern. Whether you decide to camp in a tent, reserve a bed in an air-conditioned cabin, or stay at nearby hotel, you'll find more info here
Recognition Clubs, Incentives and Prizes
Your participation enables the National MS Society to continue moving lives forward by relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and a cure. While the fundraising minimum to participate in Bike MS is $300, the average rider raises more than $700. If you raise $500 or $5,000, you'll be rewarded and thanked. In addition to end of the year fundraising prizes and recognition clubs, various incentives are offered throughout the year to motivate riders to get moving.
Bike MS would not be possible without our loyal sponsors. Please support these fine businesses and products. Perhaps, your company might join the movmement in 2012.
Bike MS is fortunate to have strong partnerships with many neighborhood bike shops. Shops are a great resource for new riders for bike maintanece and equipment. Many shops offer training rides to get riders comfortable with road riding. Bike MS weekend bike shops provide bike maintanence.
2011 Top 50
Here's the list of 2011's top Bike MS: Venture the Valley fundraisers.
Don't just ride, Bike MS.