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THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING FOR BIKE MS BIKE TO THE BAY RIDE 2014!
The National MS Society Ohio Buckeye Chapter
6155 Rockside Road, Ste. 202
Independence, OH 44131
» 216-503-4183
» Toll Free: 1-800-344-4867
This event helps raise funds that go a long way in the battle against multiple sclerosis,
as well as comprehensive programs and services for 14,000 Ohioans living with MS. As
a rider, you are making a significant and positive impact on the lives of men, women and
children living with MS. Thank you for accepting the challenge.
The National MS Society
Ohio Buckeye Chapter: Toledo Office
401 Tomahawk Drive
Maumee, OH 43537
ONLINE NEW THIS YEAR!
EMAIL
» MSohiobike.org » [email protected]
» Facebook.com/MSohiobike
» Twitter.com/NMSSohiobuckeye
We are starting Bike to the Bay off with some exciting changes, including a new Start/
Finish location at Perrysburg High School and new route options! For the first time, the
50 mile route riders will ride from the Start to the Finish on Saturday and Sunday - no
need to put your bike on a truck and board a bus (please see page 3 for details).
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bike MS Bike to the Bay Ride with a commemorative
jersey! The jersey is offered in both men’s and women's sizes and features Put-In-Bay's
own Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial.
*To purchase this jersey or to check out sizing information, please visit MSohiobike.org
and click on the Bike MS Bike to the Bay event page.
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Route Options
Our Mission
*ALL MILEAGE OPTIONS REQUIRED TO RAISE $300 MINIMUM
SATURDAY
• 35 Miles » From Perrysburg High School to Lunch Stop in Pemberville.
• 50 Miles » From Perrysburg High School to Port Clinton High School. *NEW THIS YEAR! The 50 mile route will now enable you to ride from Start to Finish on both days.
• 75 Miles » From Perrysburg High School to Port Clinton High School.
• 100 Miles » From Perrysburg High School to Port Clinton High School. *All one day only riders will have the option to board a bus back to Perrysburg High School.
SUNDAY
• 50 Miles » From Port Clinton High School to Perrysburg High School. *NEW THIS YEAR! The 50 mile route will now enable you to ride from Start to Finish on both days.
• 75 Miles » From Port Clinton High School to Perrysburg High School.
• 100 Miles » From Port Clinton High School to Perrysburg High School.
Riders who cycle 35 miles will ride with the rest of the cyclists until the Lunch Stop in
Pemberville. Riders who cycle 50, 75 or 100 miles on Saturday will travel to Port Clinton.
All one day only riders will have the option of boarding a bus to return to Perrysburg
High School. *If you choose to return to Perrysburg High School on Saturday, there will
not be a bus available to take you back to Port Clinton on Sunday.
WE MOBILIZE PEOPLE AND RESOURCES TO DRIVE RESEARCH FOR A CURE AND TO
ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF EVERYONE AFFECTED BY MS.
MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s own defense system attacks
myelin, the protective insulation surrounding the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal
cord (central nervous system). Myelin is destroyed and replaced by hardened patchy
scar tissue (sclerosis). This destruction is comparable to the loss of insulation around
an electrical wire, which interferes with the transmission of signals.
MS is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults and is
generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, though an estimated 8,000 - 10,000
children under the age of 18 are living with MS. There is still no known cause or cure.
For more information on MS, visit us online at MSohiobuckeye.org or call 800-344-4867.
*All riders needing a ride back to Perrysburg High School on Saturday must make a
reservation by Wednesday, June 18 for one of the time slots listed below. We will have a
limited number of seats on the busses so reservations are required. If you are unsure
of the time you reserved, you may call 216-503-4183 (select option 6) to confirm.
Busses will be available at 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. Bikes will be individually
packed with moving blankets and will also be transported back to Perrysburg High
School. There is no fee for cyclists being transported back Perrysburg High School by
the National MS Society.
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Registration information
Promise to Pay Guidelines
Online registration for Bike MS closes on Sunday, June 15 at 12:00 a.m. If someone has
not registered by this date they can register in person at Packet Pick-Up on Friday, June
20 at Perrysburg High School. This will be the last opportunity to register for Bike MS.
Registrations will not be accepted on Saturday, June 21, the day of the event.
All cyclists must fundraise a minimum of $300 prior to the event to be eligible to
participate. If you have not turned in the minimum prior to picking up your rider number,
you will be asked to sign a Promise to Pay Form giving us a credit card number to secure
the remainder of the amount owed. You will have until September 30, 2014 to continue
fundraising and meet that goal. If your $300 is not met by September 30, your card will
be charged for the remaining balance. To download a copy of the Promise to Pay Form,
visit the Bike MS Download Center at MSohiobike.org.
If one chooses to register at Packet Pick-Up on Friday, June 20 they will be required to
pay the full registration fee of $80. In addition, if they have not met the $300 fundraising
minimum, they will be required to sign a Promise to Pay Form.
To switch your registration from an individual to a team, or vice versa, please contact
us at 216-503-4183 or 1-800-344-4867 (select option 6).
Please note: We do not store any personal credit card information. Our database does
not record or store your credit card information if it was used during online registration
and we shred all Promise to Pay Forms after the $300 fundraising minimum has been
met. Therefore, when filling out your Promise to Pay Form for the 2014 Ride you must
provide all of your credit card information.
Please remember that Bike MS is a fundraising event for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter.
Without the funds raised through this event, we cannot continue to provide the programs
and services to the people who need it most—those living with MS, their families and
caregivers. People living with MS depend on us. This is why we depend on you.
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Packet Pick-Up
Packet Pick-Up Continued
There will be NO Saturday Check-In. Every rider must pick up their packet during the
following scheduled times. Absolutely no exceptions will be made. *If you cannot pick
up your packet during the scheduled times, you may have it mailed to you for a $10 fee.
Please contact us at 216-503-4183 for more information.
ATTN: TEAM CAPTAINS
Note: Bike Inspection form is NOT mandatory this year.
Thursday, June 12 - from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
at the National MS Society Office » 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH 43537
friday, June 13 - from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
at the National MS Society Office » 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH 43537
friday, June 20 - from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
at Perrysburg High School » 13385 Roachton Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Note: Riders will not be able to pick up their packets between June 14 and June 19.
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If you typically check in your entire team, each member of your team must have turned
in the $300 minimum or have signed a Promise to Pay Form for you to bring. Otherwise
we will not be able to issue you their rider number. If they’ve registered online, they’re
all set with a waiver. If not, a completed waiver will be required for those registering
over the phone or by paper registration.
ATTN: ALL RIDERS
To be able to receive your rider number you must have turned in the minimum of $300. If
you have not met the minimum you must sign a Promise to Pay Form. If you’ve registered
online, you’re all set with a waiver. If not, a completed waiver will be required for those
registering over the phone or by paper registration.
EVENT SHIRTS
When you pick up your packet you will be handed a colored slip of paper that indicates
what size shirt you will receive. The shirt size is determined by what you selected upon
registration. If you would like to find a rider to exchange sizes with you may do so,
however no size changes will be made at Packet Pick-Up.
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Parking Information
Luggage Information
There is no assigned parking at Perrysburg High School. We ask that you please carpool
if possible.
LUGGAGE DROP-OFF, SATURDAY AT PERRYSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
Please follow the parking directions given by the National MS Society staff and parking
attendants on Saturday morning and be respectful of their directions. Parking along the
street or in the grass is not permitted and we are not responsible for any parking fines
acquired by doing so. Once you park, please proceed to the luggage trucks if necessary
and the Start Line.
DROP-OFF LOCATION
If you are being dropped off please alert the parking attendant and they will direct you
to the drop-off location.
To stay up-to-date on all parking information, please regularly check MSohiobike.org
and Facebook.com/MSohiobike.
Each rider is limited to two pieces of luggage including your tent. Luggage will be loaded
into The Anderson’s semi-trailer. You will receive your numbered luggage tags at Packet
Pick-Up. Please ensure that your luggage tags are attached securely.
No luggage will be accepted after 8:30 a.m. the morning of the ride. Please plan
accordingly and arrive to the event with enough time to drop off your luggage.
LUGGAGE PICK-UP, SATURDAY AT PORT CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL
Luggage will be stored inside Port Clinton High School by rider number.
LUGGAGE DROP-OFF, SUNDAY AT PORT CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL
Luggage will be loaded into The Anderson’s semi-trailer. Please ensure that your luggage
tags are attached securely.
No luggage will be accepted after 8:30 a.m. Please allow yourself ample time to drop off
your luggage.
Bike Retrieval
SUNDAY MORNING
Bicycles will be secured overnight at Port Clinton High School. Bike retrieval on Sunday
morning will begin at 6:00 a.m. No riders will be permitted access to their bike prior to
6:00 a.m.
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Important Information
Simple Steps to Online Success
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
SET UP YOUR TEAM PAGE
• We provide all riders with a variety of food options from fruit, pasta, energy bars,
sandwiches and snacks to Gatorade, water and much more. *If you have special
dietary needs or allergies please pack any additional food that you may need for the
weekend as we cannot accommodate for dietary restrictions.
Your team page is your invitation to the world to become involved in the MS movement.
We’re here to help you reach your goals. Please let us know how we can help! By setting
up a team page, you are setting up your team for success. Here are a few hints to help
you make your page one to remember:
• Please do not drop off your vehicle at Port Clinton High School prior to the event.
This is private school grounds and vehicles could interfere with event set-up.
• Make it personal » Put in a picture of you or your team. Write the story of your team
and how you are moving together toward a world free of MS. While there is sample
text available, nothing is more compelling than your own words.
• While a cold beer might be just the thing to top off a great day of riding, please
understand that alcohol is not permitted on Perrysburg High School and Port Clinton
High School property—this includes the gym, the camping area, and parking lots.
You are welcome to enjoy adult beverages at Put-In-Bay. (Please see page 19 for
more details about overnight activities).
• Change it often » Keep your page current to generate interest. Provide updates on
how your training is going or how close you are to your goal.
• Create your team page URL shortcut » By doing this you will be able to easily direct
people to your team page. Put a link to your fundraising page in the signature of
your email.
RECRUIT MEMBERS ONLINE
No need to collect paper or spend hours on the phone. Your team members can quickly
and easily register themselves online. Have people join your team from your team page,
or use the Participant Center tools to send a team registration link via email. You can
also download your Outlook contact list. (This tool can also help you to track when emails
have been opened by a recipient.)
Dont forget - New riders can register for FREE until Sunday, June 15, by using the code
NEWRIDER2014.
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What to Bring
Where to Stay
Each rider is limited to two pieces of luggage including your tent. Please help us conserve
space by limiting your bags to no more than 25lbs each. Thank you!
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
For those riders wishing to stay overnight on Friday, the following hotels are located
near Perrysburg High School. Please call ahead for reservations.
ON THE RIDE
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Helmet (required)
Water bottle
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Personal ID and medical insurance cards
Money
Tool-kit (not required)
FOR OVERNIGHT IF STAYING IN PORT CLINTON
• Toiletries, towel and washcloth
• Pillow and sleeping bag and/or tent for those camping outside at Port Clinton High
School
Holiday Inn Express » 419-874-3101
10621 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Holiday Inn French Quarter » 419-874-3111
10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, OH 43551
La Quinta Inn » 419-872-0000
1154 Professional Drive, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Hilton Garden Inn » 419-873-0700
6165 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Comfort Suites » 419-874-4585
27450 Helen Drive, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Candlewood Suites » 419-872-6161
27350 Lakevue Drive, Perrysburg, OH 43551
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Where to Stay
see the Sights
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Riders who choose not to stay overnight at Port Clinton High School can stay at an area
hotel at their own expense. *We will be providing a shuttle service to and from hotels
located on Perry Street only. A shuttle will still be available from the school to the Jet
Express Dock and back to the school. If you choose to stay at a hotel that is not located
on Perry Street, please check with your hotel to see if they provide shuttle service to
and from the hotel.
OUT-OF-TOWNER?
If you plan to arrive a day or two before the event or want to wind down after your ride,
Toldeo offers a variety of activities and sights to explore while you’re in town.
Because of the summer peak season availability may be limited and restrictions may
apply. This list of hotels is only a suggestion. The National MS Society does not have any
control over room rates or availability.
TONY PACKO’S CAFE
1902 Front Street, Toledo, OH 43605 » Tony Packo’s has been serving authentic Hungarian
food since 1932, but it’s known for its world-famous hot dog. It was also featured several
times on the hit TV show M*A*S*H. Sit back, relax and enjoy your lunch while browsing
the celebrity signed hot dog buns displayed on the walls.
THE TOLEDO ZOO
Travelodge » 419-734-0769
1811 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609 » The Toledo Zoo is one of America’s most complete zoos!
Home to thousands of animals and known as one of the top attractions in Northwest Ohio
for more than 100 years, the zoo is located just south of Toledo on 62 acres.
Best Western Hotel » 419-734-2274
1734 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
THE GLASS PAVILION
Quality Inn » 419-732-2929
1723 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Our Guest Inn & Suites » 419-734-7111
220 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Lakeland Motel » 419-734-2101
121 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Super 8 Motel » 419-734-4446
1704 E Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
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2444 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43620 » The Glass Pavilion is home to the Toledo Museum
of Art’s world-renowned glass collection and features more than 5,000 works of art
from ancient to contemporary times. All exterior and nearly all interior walls consist of
large curved glass panels creating a transparent structure that blurs the boundaries
between interior and exterior spaces.
PERRY’S VICTORY AND INTERNATIONAL PEACE MEMORIAL
Village of Put-In-Bay (Accessible by ferry, plane or private boat). » Perry’s Victory and
International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle
of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between
Britain, Canada, and the U.S. The memorial is a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake
Erie and is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world.
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Weekend Ride Schedule
Weekend Ride Schedule
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
6:00 a.m.
Express Breakfast
Team Photos
5:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Shuttle bus pick-ups at Perry Street hotels
6:00 a.m.
Pancake breakfast inside cafeteria
6:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Bike retrieval area opens (Riders must show wristband or bib number to retrieve bike from lock-up)
7:00 a.m.
Route officially opens
7:00 a.m.
Route officially opens
NO RIDERS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE ROUTE PRIOR TO 7:00 A.M. RIDERS WHO START EARLY
WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED BY SAG VEHICLES, MEDICAL STAFF OR REST STOPS.
8:30 a.m.
Lunch Stop opens
All riders must be on route - riders who do not begin by 8:30
a.m. will be transported to the first rest stop by SAG vehicle
NO RIDERS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE ROUTE PRIOR TO 7:00 A.M. RIDERS WHO START EARLY
WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED BY SAG VEHICLES, MEDICAL STAFF OR REST STOPS.
12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pasta dinner at Port Clinton High School
1:00 p.m.
Shuttles from Port Clinton High School to Perry Street hotels
begins
8:15 a.m.
Lunch Stop opens
8:30 a.m.
All riders must be on route - riders who do not begin by 8:30
a.m. will be transported to the first rest stop by SAG vehicle
5:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Chicken dinner at Perrysburg High School
5:00 p.m.
Route closes - SAG vehicles will transport remaining riders
to Perrysburg High School
Route closes - SAG vehicles will transport remaining riders
to Port Clinton High School
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SUPPORT ON THE ROUTE AFTER 5:00 P.M.
WHICH IS WHY RIDERS MUST BE TRANSPORTED TO PORT CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL AT THIS TIME.
12:15 a.m.
Final shuttle bus between Jet Express Dock, Perry Street hotels and Port Clinton High School. *We encourage you to
leave Put-In-Bay prior to the midnight boat departure.
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PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SUPPORT ON THE ROUTE AFTER 5:00 P.M.
WHICH IS WHY RIDERS MUST BE TRANSPORTED TO PERRYSBURG HIGH SCHOOL AT THIS TIME.
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OTher information
Put-in-bay things to do
START & FINISH ADDRESS If you choose to partake in the festivities at Put-In-Bay, listed below are a few local
favorites that you are sure to enjoy!
Perrysburg High School
13385 Roachton Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
LUNCH ADDRESS Pemberville American Legion
405 E Front Street Pemberville, OH 43450
OVERNIGHT ADDRESS
Port Clinton High School
821 S Jefferson Street
Port Clinton, OH 43452
OVERNIGHT ACTIVITIES
All Bike to the Bay participants will receive a Jet Express ticket voucher upon check-in
at Port Clinton High School. Exchange this voucher at the Jet Express Dock for a free
ticket to Put-In-Bay. *We encourage you to leave Put-In-Bay prior to the final midnight
boat departure.
ADVENTURE BAY AMUSEMENT CENTER - 380 MAIN STREET, PUT-IN-BAY
Fun for all ages! Unwind with your family at the Adventure Bay Amusement Center. Try
the arcade games, go carts or miniature golf!
PUT-IN-BAY PIZZA COMPANY - 439 LORAINE AVENUE, PUT-IN-BAY
A P-I-B favorite! Located within the Put-In-Bay Resort complex, the Put-In-Bay Pizza Co.
caters to the entire island and features thin and thick crust pizza, strombolis, grinders,
and larger-than-life salads. Open late every night and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
HOOLIGAN’S TAVERN - 421 CATAWBA AVENUE, PUT-IN-BAY
Hooligan’s Tavern is Put-In-Bay’s original ‘Irish Pub and a Snug, with Music and Grub.’
Featuring Reuben and Corned Beef sandwiches, Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and other
delicious Irish delicacies. They also boast a wide variety of Irish whiskeys and popular
spirits.
BOATHOUSE BAR & GRILL - 218 HARTFORD AVENUE, PUT-IN-BAY
Serving up fresh Lake Erie perch sandwiches and baskets all day long. The Boathouse
is a great place for the whole family to dine. Eat outside on the patio for a view of
downtown Put-In-Bay and Diriviera Park. Live music on the patio by the afternoon and
on the stage inside by night.
PUT-IN-BAY BREWING CO. - 441 CATAWBA AVENUE, PUT-IN-BAY
Known as a late-night island hotspot, the Put-In-Bay Brewing Co. is South Bass Island’s
only brewery! Enjoy the famous pizza and sandwiches and sample the several different
types of beer that have been brewed right on the island. There is also live entertainment
in the loft upstairs.
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Route Signs
Route Support
ROAD MARKINGS
In case of an emergency during the Ride dial 1-888-MS150ER (this number can also be
found on the route map given to you on June 21-22). Dialing this number will notify both
event officials and medical staff.
Before each turn, there will be three separate groupings of arrows. First, there will be
three arrows, then two, then one arrow immediately before the turn. After the turn,
another single arrow will be painted on the road to ensure that you are on the right
path.
ROUTE SIGNS
NEW FOR 2014! Bike to the Bay routes are all new this year. We have signs along the route
helping to encourage you along and provide guidance with turns and rest stops. They
are there for your safety and assistance. Please note: These signs are placed out the
Friday before the event.
REST STOPS
Throughout the route there will be rest stops every 10 - 15 miles that will offer water,
energy drinks, fruit and snacks. Sandwiches, chips, and soda will be available at the
Lunch Stop.
BIKE MECHANICS
Our official bike shops will be on hand throughout the event for those in need of
assistance. Repairs will be free of charge, but you will need to cover the cost of parts.
We will have brightly colored 8.5 x 11 signs hung on telephone poles along the route and
at every turn to help guide you in the right direction. Each route will have a different
color. If you go more than a couple of miles without seeing a road sign, you may be off
the route. Please note: These signs are placed out the Saturday before the event.
MEDICAL STAFF
We will have route maps available at the start at Perrysburg High School for day one
and at Port Clinton High School for day two to help you along the way. *Electronic maps
will be available in advance [please check back on MSohiobike.org or look for email
notifications in the near future].
SAG VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES
Trained medical personnel will be available all weekend in mobile units for any medical
needs. Staffed medical units are also stationed at Perrysburg High School, the Lunch
Stop in Pemberville and Port Clinton High School.
Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles and motorcycle riders will be continually driving the
route to check on the cyclists. These volunteers are in direct communication with
medical volunteers and the rest stops. SAGs are available to transport riders and their
bikes to the next rest stop should a rider need medical or mechanical assistance.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR ON
TELEPHONE POLES
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Join the Club
Mission First Club
Bike MS Top Fundraisers are an exclusive group of cyclists who go the extra mile to
create a world free of MS. Any outstanding contributions and/or matching gifts must
be received by October 31, 2014 in order to qualify. Those riders qualifying as a Top
Fundraiser in 2014 will be awarded their perks for the 2015 Ride. Top Fundraisers are
broken down into two distinct groups:
All riders who are eligible for prizes have the option to donate their prize back to the
Society and join the Mission First Club.
THE $1,000 CLUB » $1,000 - $1,999
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Exclusive Club shirt
Commemorative Top Fundraiser patch (Dec/Jan)
Exclusive rider bib number for 2015 Ride
Invitation to Top Fundraiser receptions throughout 2015
ELITE VIP CLUB » $2,000+
$2,000 - $4,999
• All $1,000 Club benefits
• Complimentary registration for 2015 Ride
• Commemorative jersey mailed in Spring 2015
• VIP Parking Pass for 2015 Ride
• Three pieces of luggage for 2015 Ride
$5,000 - $9,999
• All perks listed above and qualify for Bike MS Passport Program
$10,000 - $13,999
• All perks listed above and section of 2015 route named in your honor
• Elite VIP Commemorative item
$14,000+
• All perks listed above and Mission Possible Award given at Annual Meeting
• Free hotel stay at Bike MS Overnight (Saturday) of the 2015 ride
• Biographical article in MS Connection newsletter
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The Mission First Club provides an opportunity for you to direct funds that would be
spent on prizes back to our important mission of bettering the lives of those living with
MS. By generously donating your Bike MS prize back to the Society your gift will help us
continue to deliver quality programs and services to Ohioans affected by MS.
Club members are also given the option to purchase a Mission First jersey for $40 to
honor and show their dedication to the cause. Additional information regarding the
jersey and joining the Mission First Club will be sent along with your prize information.
National Passport Program
The Bike MS Passport Program is a unique and exciting opportunity
for our top Bike MS participants to ride in other Bike MS events
throughout the country. Any Bike MS participant that raises over
$5,000 for Bike MS Bike to the Bay automatically qualifies for this
program. With over 100 extraordinary rides across the country,
which one will you choose?
Passport Program
If you are a $5,000+ fundraiser and you would like to participate in the Passport Program,
please visit MSohiobike.org for more information.
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Prizes
Prizes Continued
You qualify for a fundraising prize based on the amount of money you raise by October
31, 2014. You can select your choice of Bike MS prizes or you can donate your prize
back to the Society and join the Mission First Club. You can only select items from the
fundraising level you qualify for. For the complete list of Bike MS prizes, please visit the
Bike MS prize page at http://bikems.summitmg.com/nmssbike14/link.asp?chapter=OB.
$2,500 - $4,999.99
$500 - $799.99
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• 15 oz. Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
• Tri-Pocket Sport Duffel Bag
• $25 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
$800 - $1,299.99
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• Apple iPod Shuffle - 2GB
• iTwist HD Digital Video Camera
• $50 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
$1,300 - $2,499.99
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• Waterproof Binoculars
• 2-Piece Luggage Set
• $75 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
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Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• Apple iPod Nano - 16GB
• Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Wristband
• $150 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
$5,000 - $7,499.99
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
• Topeak Dual-Touch Bike Stand
• $200 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
$7,500 - $9,999.99
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• 17-Piece Cookware Set
• Cocktail Table Fire Pit
• $300 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
$10,000+
Choose from a variety of Bike MS prizes that include but are not limited to:
• Apple iPad Mini - 16GB Wi-Fi
• Samsung 29” LED HDTV
• $400 gift certificate to our Bike Shop Sponsors (or)
• Donate your prize back to the National MS Society and join the Mission First Club
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Bike ms mobile app
Bicycle Laws
HAVE A SMARTPHONE OR TABLET?
All states consider cyclists vehicle operators and give them the same rights and duties
as other drivers.
Manage and share your Bike MS experience on the go with our new Bike MS mobile
application. Fundraise and connect with others through social media and email, update
your web pages, check your progress, and much more - all from the palm of your hand!
Please note: The Bike MS mobile application is only available to 2014 Bike MS registrants.
STAY RIGHT
Ride in the right portion of the right most lane in the direction you are traveling and
leave at least four feet between your handlebars and parked cars or other hazards
such as other cyclists. You may move left when passing slower vehicles or preparing
for a left turn.
OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS & SIGNALS
Avoid “following the leader” through traffic signs and signals; you are required to obey
all traffic signs and signals, including stopping at red lights and stop signs.
LOOK & SIGNAL BEFORE YOU MOVE
Always scan behind you before changing lanes or making turns. A continuous arm signal
is required prior to a turn or lane change (unless arm is needed to control the bike) and
while stopped waiting to turn.
TWO AT A TIME
Ride no more than two abreast and do not impede traffic. If a part of the road has been
closed and dedicated to “bicycle travel only” you may ride more than two abreast.
The Bike MS mobile application is available for FREE on iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod
touch and on Google Play for Android. Please note: requires iOS 4.3 or later and 2.2 and
up for Android.
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Simple Cycling stretcheS
cycling fun facts
1. CALVES
DID YOU KNOW?
Standing with your feet pointed straight ahead, step forward with your right leg and
bend your knee, keeping your foot firmly planted on the ground behind you. Keep your
upper-body erect and drop your hips forward until you feel the stretch in your calf (don’t
bend over at the waist - use your hips to move). Hold for 15-30 seconds, then rotate.
» In 1817, Karl von Drais, a German baron, invented a horseless carriage that would help
him get around faster. The two-wheeled, pedal-less device was propelled by pushing
your feet against the ground. The machine became known as the “draisine,” and led to
the creation of the modern-day bicycle.
2. QUADRICEPS
» The term “bicycle” was not introduced until the late 1860s, when it was coined in
France to describe a new kind of two-wheeler with a mechanical drive.
Standing, reach back with your right hand and grab your right foot at the top of the
ankle, and pull up towards your rear. The quads are the biggest cycling muscle, and
deserve a very slow stretch, careful not to pull too hard or too fast. Hold for 15-30
seconds, then rotate legs.
3. IT BAND
The IT Band runs down the side of your leg and helps in balance and control; the section
of this band that affects cyclists is between the hip and knee. Stretch from a sitting
position: cross the left leg across the right knee and gently push down on the left knee.
You should feel the stretch on the outside of your leg. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then rotate.
4. HAMSTRINGS
The pedaling motion develops short and powerful hamstrings, and cyclists are prone to
tightness in these muscles. This makes it very important to stretch hamstrings slowly
and carefully. Standing, bend over at the waist and let your arms dangle toward the
ground, letting the knees bend slightly outward. This stretch benefits greatly from deep,
steady breathing.
5. NECK AND SHOULDERS
Checking for traffic and other riders behind you is where the neck muscles come into
play. Standing, gently roll your head in a circle several times, then rotate directions.
Shrug your shoulders upwards and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat several times.
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» Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who built the first flying airplane, operated a
small bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. They used their workshop to build the 1903 Wright
Flyer.
» In 1935, Fred A. Birchmore (at 25 years old) circled the globe by bicycle. The entire trip,
through Europe, Asia, and the United States, covered forty thousand miles. He pedaled
about 25,000 miles. The rest was traveled by boat.
» There are over a half billion bicycles in China. Bikes were first brought to China in the
late 1800s.
» About 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year!
» Americans use their bicycles for less than one percent of all urban trips. Europeans
bike in cities a lot more often - in Italy, 5% of all trips are on bicycle, 30% in the
Netherlands, and 7 out of 8 Dutch people over age 15 have a bike.
» The Tour de France is one of the most famous bicycle races in the world. Established in
1903, it is considered to be the biggest test of endurance out of all sports.
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