Saturday - May 1, 2021
The total mileage for each route varies between 70 and 100 miles.
Multiple start locations - Houston and La Grange, TX to Texas A&M - Kyle Field
Fundraising Minimum: $400
Age Minimum: 12
See Routes & Maps page
Bike MS: Texas MS 150
Bike MS: Texas MS 150 is more than a ride. It's an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you'll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
After much discussion and planning, Bike MS: Texas MS 150 will be hosted as a one-day, in-person experience in order for us provide the safest experience possible. Read more about our start locations and routes on our Routes & Maps page.
We look forward to planning a fun and safe-socially distanced ride. Together, we will cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives. We are so excited to see you in 2021!
Let's get you ready for the ride of your life!
Here is the information you'll need to have an amazing Bike MS experience.
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Ride Info & Requirements
Thank you for your interest in Bike MS. For the best experience, here are some things you need to know:
- The minimum age to ride is 12. See additional requirements below for cyclists under the age of 18.
- The fundraising minimum is $400.
- There will be no on-site registration, so make sure to register online ahead of time! We recommend registering early so you can fundraise and make an even greater impact.
- We ride rain or shine. In the event of lightning or other dangerous conditions, we will delay the event until conditions improve. Please watch for weather-related updates via email and the event website.
- Helmets are required. No exceptions.
- Family and friends are always welcome at our start and finish locations, but not on the route. Please encourage your friends and family to meet you at the finish line, or to volunteer for the event.
- Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles are provided to transport any cyclists in need so personal vehicles are prohibited on the route and at rest stops.
- Pets are not allowed at the ride; however, service animals are welcome.
We love having families participate in Bike MS! Here are some special requirements for cyclists under the age of 18 wishing to ride in Bike MS: Texas MS 150:
- All riders must be at least 12 years of age on or before the day of the event – NO EXCEPTIONS.
- All riders ages 12 through 17 must review the Safety in Group Cycling brochure with a parent or legal guardian.
- Youth riders must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult (at least 21 years of age) at all times.
- One parent/adult may be responsible for no more than three youth riders.
- Even if the child is on a tandem bicycle, all of the requirements above still apply.
- No trailers, tagalongs, or child carriers are allowed on the route.
Get ready for the ride of your life!
Whether you're a veteran cyclist or you're new to the sport, if you're new to Bike MS we want to ensure your first experience is the best it can be.
Tips for a Great Experience
1. Make sure you are in the know!
- bikeMS.org is your go-to source for ride information, especially the Event Updates section of the Bike MS: Texas MS 150 website.
- If you have any questions or needs, please contact us.
2. Connect with other Bike MS cyclists
- Attend Rider kick-off events, Bike MS Happy Hour, and/or a sponsoring bike shop training ride. Be sure to check the Event Updates page for all of the local events happening for your ride.
- Recruit others to join you! It's more fun when you ride with a friend. Use your Fundraising Center to email invitations to join you, or download photos and share videos, or request free promotional materials by contacting us at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org to tell others about Bike MS.
Connect with us and other Bike MS cyclists on social media using #bikeMS:
3. Don't wait to begin fundraising
- Don't let the $400 minimum intimidate you – the average Bike MS cyclist raises on average $800! Raise $1,000 or more and become a member of Club K. It's not hard to get there, and we're here to help you along the way.
- Tell your donors why you are riding and how their dollars make a difference.
- Log into your Fundraising Center to send emails and increase your goal as you reach it.
- Check out these fundraising Tips & Tools for additional ideas and resources.
4. Start training now and learn how to ride in a crowd
- Set realistic goals and keep track of your mileage.
- Take a Group Riding Skills Course at a local bike shop. With so many cyclists on the road, it's important that everyone is a responsible cyclist. Learn the rules of the road and safe cycling practices.
- Check out sponsoring bike shop training rides.
- Take advantage of your free subscription to TrainingPeaks.
5. Make your ride meaningful
- Wear your "I Ride for..." bib, included in your Bike MS packet.
- Find out why others ride and get inspired.
- If you are living with MS, participate in the "I Ride with MS" program.
6. At the ride
- Check out What to Wear for more advice on what to wear for ride day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking before you become thirsty. Rest stops along the route will be fully stocked. Learn more about proper hydration and nutrition.
7. Experience the finish line
- After crossing the finish line to an abundance of cheering spectators, have your commemorative photo taken, collect your t-shirt, and enjoy all the finish line has to offer.
I Ride with MS
Thank you to our I Ride with MS Sponsor:
No one should face MS alone, and at Bike MS, we shine a light on what it means to live with this disease. Our I Ride with MS program celebrates and recognizes the resilience of our cyclists who live with MS. I Ride with MS participants not only commit to cycling to create a world free of MS, but also to raise awareness. Riders enjoy special day-of-event benefits and receive a complimentary "I Ride with MS" jersey from the program’s proud supporter, Primal.
You can sign up for the program – available at all our rides nationwide – when you register or contact the Fundraising Support Center at 855-372-1331
- A complimentary I Ride with MS jersey
- Special day-of-event benefits, including extra love and cheers from supporters
2021 Bike MS Jersey
Primal is the proud supporter of I Ride with MS, a nationwide Bike MS program.
How to Join
- Register as a Cyclist
- Under the Profile section, select "I have MS"
- Select “Yes” to be part of the I Ride with MS program
- Select jersey size
Please note: If you’ve already registered but didn’t select IRWMS at time of registration, you can still join by contacting Fundraising Support.
Questions? Contact Us for More Information:
I started with Walk MS then I started volunteering for Bike MS and now I have participated in Bike MS. It’s just grown for me over the years. Without the Society, I don’t think I’d be here today, so I am really grateful and that gratitude drives me to keep volunteering and remain an MS activist.–Trisha Pilgrim
I ride with MS...it’s not only made me feel stronger, but it’s also become my motivation to keep on moving and to never give up. The miles I am able to ride today, would have never been a thought in my brain when I was first diagnosed back in 2008 because I was numb from the waist down. I am proud of myself for never stepping back and letting this disease take over my life. If anything, it’s given me a life worth living and fighting for! 💪🏻 Keep at it. Keep fighting. Keep being resilient!–Lyndsay Wright
To me the ‘I Ride With MS’ program is a sign of respect and recognition. I receive so much support from riders when wearing this jersey. It is my badge of honor!–Joey Bouchard
Packet Pick-Up Information
PACKET PICK UP IN HOUSTON HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION
Mandatory COVID Health Screen Available Now
Updated | April 30, 2021
All riders and volunteers must present the results of the COVID health screen to receive a wristband to ride. Wristbands are available at the 4/30/2021 packet pick-up or at the start line prior to the event.
Remaining Packet Pickup Schedule
April 30, 2021
517 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
NEW LOCATION – April 30, 2021
National MS Society – NEW ADDRESS
1050 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste 240
Houston, TX 77055
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Your Bike MS packet contains many important items including your bib number, event details and sponsor giveaways. You must meet the fundraising minimum of $400 and have a completed waiver on file in order to pick up your packet. NOTE: You must attend one of the packet pickup events listed above to pick up your rider packet.
- To receive a Rider Packet, each registered rider MUST meet the $400 Minimum Fundraising Requirement.
- Packet Pick-up areas will be outdoors with enforced social distancing, crowd control and mask requirements.
The Rider packet contains your rider bib, bike frame numbers, helmet number, luggage tags and wristband for meals. How to use your rider numbers
Pick up your Texas MS 150 rider t-shirt, goodie bag and Bike MS Champions bandana.
All riders must be at least 12 years of age on or before the day of the event – NO EXCEPTIONS. A completed and signed Release and Waiver of Liability must be submitted at packet pickup to receive a Youth Rider. The form will also be available at packet pick up for completion.
Bike MS Texas MS 150 Mobile App Guide
- It's easier than ever to enter donations.
- Click the “Fundraise” button at the bottom of the app.
- Choose “Enter Donations” on the top navigation bar.
- Choose either “Credit Card” or “Check Deposit” depending on the type of donation you are entering.
Raise $1,000 by packet pick up a Club K rider packet.
- Special packet pick up
- Club K rider t-shirt
- Discounted registration for next year’s event
- Choice of $20 bike store gift certificate, Bike MS mesh hat or zip shirt
Top Fundraiser Jersey
Raise $3,500+ by packet pick up to receive the Top Fundraiser jersey!
Receive this limited-edition jersey for the 2021 Texas MS 150 when you raise $3,500 or more by July 31, 2021.
What to Wear
We are delighted to welcome Primal Wear as the official apparel of Bike MS and invite you to check out our Primal Wear page to see their specials for Bike MS participants.
So what should you wear for Bike MS?
- Helmet – of course! You should wear one every time you ride, and you must when you ride in Bike MS. Modern helmets are lightweight, airy, and stylish as well.
- Jersey – a cycling jersey with rear pockets is handy for carrying snacks, your wallet and other items. Summer jerseys are usually made from a material that wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you drier and more comfortable. Plenty of casual riders simply pull on a T-shirt, but realize that sweat (or a rain shower) makes cotton heavy and clammy.
- Shorts – cycling shorts are no joke. They are key to minimizing chafing and other discomforts when sitting on a saddle for any length of time. Good shorts have a large, smooth, lightly padded liner ("chamois"). If you don't care for the skintight look of Lycra, opt for the "baggie" mountain bike style that look like casual shorts but still has a liner. Being a loose fit, though, means they could bunch uncomfortably during long rides.
- Gloves – short-finger cycling gloves absorb perspiration for a safer grip, protect against raw spots and blisters, and pad your palms to reduce road shock. Most have a terry back that gives you a way to wipe sweat from your eyes or energy drink from your chin.
- Shoes and socks – dedicated cycling shoes, either for road riding or mountain biking, are the best choice. The reason? Very firm soles that let you press as hard as you want without feeling uncomfortable pedal pressure. You can use mountain bike style shoes with or without toe clips and straps, or with clipless pedal systems. Plenty of casual riders simply wear running shoes, but their softness makes them less suitable for longer distances. Socks are important for comfort and sweat absorption. Choose the low-cut style if you're worried about a funny tan line.
- Sunglasses – it's best to use a sports model with unbreakable lenses that have 100% UV protection. The wraparound style will reduce bothersome wind, important if you wear contacts.
Bike MS Champions
The Bike MS Champions program aims to communicate "why we ride" by highlighting the many different faces of MS and the different ways our organization meets the needs of individuals living with MS.
The Bike MS Champions program:
- brings the National MS Society’s mission to life for cyclists across the region through a wide representation of people affected by MS, powerful storytelling, and authentic engagement.
- connects participants to our mission through the power of storytelling, highlighting the many faces of MS and the distinct ways in which the MS Society works to help those with MS live their best lives.
Cyclists will have the opportunity to connect with Featured Bike MS Champions through their personal stories, social media postings, local engagement opportunities and the symbolic orange Bike MS Champions bandanas.
Bike MS Champions bandanas will be available at packet pick-up events.
Learn more about each Bike MS Champions story by selecting one of the images.