BP MS-150 2017 Ride & Training Series
Join a BCO Team
Interested in riding the BP MS150 2017 and need a team to train with here in Houston? Even if you are not riding the MS150, this is an incredible opportunity to do several (about 14) fully supported rides!
Want to learn more? Join us at our kick-off dinner on Tuesday, October 18th at Spaggetti Western. Details HERE
Early bird registration is September 26 to 30th. Register HERE
The top reasons to ride with Team BCO
1. You'll always have friends to ride with-- no matter what your speed or ability
2. Our training series gets you seriously ready for the MS 150
3. It's the nicest group of people you'll ever ride with
4. And most importantly-- we have non-stop FUN!
Bayou City Outdoors makes the Houston to Austin BP MS150 easy!
We'll help you train, find riding buddies, ride safely, raise funds and we'll support your ride on the day of the event. There's so many benefits along the way, too. You'll get in shape, meet new friends, and have the ride of your life!
All rides are fully supported with map, distance options, water &reststops, ride marshals & safety introduction, and SAG support
-Pace Groups: Pick the appropriate pace group for your ride:
Beginner: 10-13 mph
Intermediate: 14- 16 mph
Sport: 17-19 mph
Advanced: 20+ mph
So, you want to ride the MS150 from Houston to Austin to benefit multiple sclerosis but you have no idea when, where, what, why and most importantly -- how to start preparing. Have no fear! MS150 Team Bayou City Outdoors is here to help you with everything single little thing you need to know. If you are riding in the MS150 you will still need to sign up online with the MS150 for your ride registration
NEED TO KNOW:
-Joining a team takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process. Training rides, a jersey, tips and friends are the foundation of making the MS150 a successful and fun ride. BCO Training Rides RSVP.
- It’s very important to get practice riding with others, not just for abilty but also to feel comfortable in a group. Feeling comfortable and riding with a group can make all the difference in having a terrific or a terrible MS150. Practicing and learning the etiquette is important (space between riders, hand gestures, using your voice, etc.) Moving through the pace line, keeping a steady pace while at the front, and learning how to safely draft in the middle of pack may sound pretty intense, but once you do it a couple times, it'll be a piece of cake.
-There is no expected speed a rider is supposed to maintain. Remember, this is for fun! Some groups might average 25 MPH while others bop along with friends and family at 10 MPH. Slow and steady finishes the ride. You will be set up to take off at your desired pace.
-Riders line up according to the speeds they expect to ride with the fastest group at the front. Some folks ride to see how fast they can finish while others just try to finish or improve from last year. Remember to start at a pace that is comfortable for you, starting the ride too fast will result in regret.
-A safety helmet is required, no headphones or cellphones are allowed when riding. Riders must obey all traffic signs and rules.
- Eat carefully at rest stops. Power bars and fruit are a popular MS150 snacks that keep riders going. 2 water bottles are essential to have on the road, too.
-Make sure you have good biking shorts and a comfortable saddle. Wear and try them out while training, it helps get your hind parts ready for being on a bike for an extended period of time.
-Bring spares of everything if you can. Shoes, socks, helmets, tires, gloves, etc.
-SAG- Support And Gear- is a vehicle that provides support for riders. Not only will they carry supplies, gear, food and water for you, but they'll even rescue you if you really need or want it. If you bonk and lie in the grass in a fetal position yelling for “mommy,” SAG will scoop you and your bike up off of the ground and take you somewhere safe. And by safe we mean hopefully a Dairy Queen :).
Congratulations to Bayou City Outdoors for getting the GREEN TEAM AWARD from the MS Society!!
Our Captains will be leading training rides, providing the team with information, and ensuring the overall safety of our team. You can contact them with questions regarding training rides and the actual MS-150. They are available to help Bayou City Outdoors' MS-150 team members successfully and safely complete the MS-150 ride.
Joe Khalaf - Team Captain
Margaret Sasaki - Social Captain
Kelly Howard - Support
contact email@example.com for more info
You want to ride the MS150 Houston to Austin to benefit multiple sclerosis but you have no idea when, where, what, why and most importantly, how to start preparing. Have no fear! MS150 Team Bayou City Outdoors is here to help.
The BP MS150 is a two-day fund raising bike ride organized by the National MS Society to raise funds and awareness. Although the MS150 is a ride that takes place all over North America, we have the largest event of its kind right here in Houston with over 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and hundreds of spectators all along the route and at the finish line in Austin. In 2014 the MS150 hit a new milestone by raising $20 million dollars for those living with multiple sclerosis.
Not only does the 160 mile trip from Houston to Austin get you in shape, but it’s for a tremendous cause. General early Rider Registration is $75 and then each rider is required to raise at least $400 in pledges.
BPMS 150 2017 Recommended Rides:
Recommended Rides are rides that are recommended by the BP MS150. Fees are generally required for these rides, and BCO may or may not participate in them. Check the calendar for the list of rides that we will be participating in.
Saturday, October 1-2, 7:30am -Bike MS: Valero San Antonio to New Braunfels
Sunday, October 2, 8:00am - Cy Fair Lions Club Biking for Sight
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 am - Heroes Ride
Saturday, October 22, 8:00am - Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic
Sunday, October 23, 8:00am -CANCELLED - Gryphon's Flight Bike Ride for Gateway Academy
Sunday, October 23, 8:00am- Tejas Park/Camp Liberty Hill Pedal - Austin Area
Saturday, October 29, 7:30am - Armadillo Classic - Austin Area
Saturday, October 29, 8:00am - Pedal Palacios
Saturday, November 5, 8:00am - Independence Ride
Saturday, November 5, 8:00am - OSP to Salado Century - Austin Area
Saturday, November 12, 8:00am - Liberty Hill Loops - Austin Area
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 8:00 am - Bike the Bend for Literacy
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8:00 am -Bike Through the Forest and Hills
Sunday, January 22, 2017, - Frost Bike 50
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Clay Walker's Band Against MS Ride
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 am - Pedaling the Prairie
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Humble Lions Bike Ride
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - The Bulldog Bike Ride
Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 7:30 am - Texas Independence Bike Tour
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - Tri-County Hill Hopper
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Gator Ride
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - The Raven Ride - Huntsville
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Kate's Ride
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - Pedal Thru the Pines - Bastrop
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - B-GeO Magnolia Miles
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Just Ride for a Just Cause
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Riverside Ride - Victoria
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Tour de Houston Presented by Apache
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - SpringFest Metric Century
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Bike for Little Heroes
Saturday, April 01, 2017, 7:30 am - Schlumberger Education Expedition
Sunday, April 02, 2017 - Bluebonnet Express
Saturday, April 08, 2017 - Katy Ram Challenge
Saturday, April 08, 2017 - Petal for A Purpose
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - Grand Fondo: Texas TMCO
Sat. & Sun., April 15-16, 2017 - EASTER Weekend
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Tour de RACHA
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Tour de Braz
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30 BP MS 150
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Bike for Mike
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - Fayetteville Good Old Summertime Classic www.northwestcyclery.com
note: we will add more rides as soon as they willl appear at the BP MS150 Official Web