When I first moved to Houston, as an avid cyclist, I completed the MS 150 for the first 7 years I lived here. What an awesome event! It is always well managed and supported. It is also an event that invites cyclists of all levels with a common purpose of supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society!
MS 150 Overview And Routes For This Year’s Ride
Ranging from 140 to 170 miles, the MS 150 cycling event starts on April 27th and lasts for 2 full days. It’s open to riders of all ages, and includes a total of 6 different routes for participants to choose from, beginning in Houston and ultimately ending in Austin’s Circuit of the Americas:
Day 1 routes (from Houston to Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange):
- Addicks Park & Ride in Houston to La Grange (appx 100 miles)
- Rhodes Stadium in Katy to La Grange (appx 84 miles)
- Waller Stadium in Waller to La Grange (appx 76 miles)
Day 2 routes (from La Grange to Circuit of the Americas in Austin):
- Bechtel Challenge Route through Buescher and Bastrop State Parks (appx 66 miles)
- By-pass route (excludes state parks—appx appx 66 miles)
- Lunch Express Route (appx 60 miles)
Before the event concludes, each cyclist is required to raise a minimum of $400—so make sure you register as soon as possible if you’d like to participate!
History Of MS 150 Race
The route has generally stayed the same over the course of the past 30 years, with many scenic stops between Houston and Austin. From the flatlands west of Houston to the gentle rolling hills of the La Grange area and the steep climbs of Buecher and Bastrop State Parks on the way to Austin. I would highly recommend getting in shape and giving the challenging ride a try. You raise money for a great cause as well.
In fact, to date, the National MS Society’s Bike MS series is the largest fundraising cycling event on the planet, having raised over $1.3B so far to help fight multiple sclerosis.
How To Prepare And Where To Register
Riders can easily register online for a $130 fee, or you can join as a virtual cyclist for free to support the cause and help raise awareness. Alternatively, if you aren’t a cyclist and would still like to participate, you can register as a volunteer or make a contribution online.
So let’s join together and help cure MS!
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