Bike MS Colorado Set to Roll June 25 – 26
DENVER – The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society’s Bike MS Colorado, locally powered by Anthem, locally presented by Point B, takes place June 25 – 26, 2016. The 3,000 cyclists will gather at Front Range Community College in Westminster and enjoy routes that follow the Front Range to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and back as they target raising $4 million to end MS.
This year there are four distance options available for the two-day ride, including a 65-mile express route; a 73-mile classic route that tackles the mountain climbs surrounding Horsetooth Reservoir; a 100-mile century course; and a 124-mile double metric century course. For people seeking a shorter ride, the Chapter also offers a one-day 30- or 50-mile ride on Saturday, June 25 that starts and finishes at CSU in Fort Collins.
Known as one of the best supported rides in Colorado, all courses feature fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a lunch stop and safety provided by medical personnel, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts.
“Bike MS Colorado is the National MS Society’s third largest ride in the nation,” said Chapter President Carrie Nolan. “The amazing efforts of Bike MS participants have contributed to significant progress. When we held our first ride more than 30 years ago, there were no treatments for MS. Today, thanks in part to every mile ridden, there are 13, FDA-approved treatments for the most common form of this disease, which affects the central nervous system, impacting mobility.
“The cause and cure remain unknown, so we remain dedicated to providing programs and services so people living with MS can lead the best lives possible. We are also committed to continuing to raise funds to support the promising research that will provide the solutions to stop the progression of MS, reverse damage caused by MS and end MS forever,” Nolan emphasized.
“Colorado is a very generous community and we are grateful for the continued strong commitment of every cyclist, sponsor, volunteer and supporter of our Bike MS ride,” Nolan added.
Participants must be age 12 year or older to participate and there is a minimum $400 fundraising commitment per cyclist. For Bike MS Colorado registration information, visit www.bikeMScolorado.org.
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 100,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS annually. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 380 National MS Society research projects worldwide –11 are located in Colorado. The Chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction in Colorado and an office in Cheyenne, Wyoming serving Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide