Dover: If you’re looking for a way to give back, then the MS Bike to the Bay is it. Bike to the Bay is more than an experience, and you don’t have to ride a Century to give back. Passion, inspiration, determination, and enjoyment is all of the reasons you’ll need to join the Bike to the Bay event. In addition to this rewarding experience, when you join the MS Society Bike to the Bay event, you’re helping the MS Society reach it’s goal of a “World free of MS” by raising 1 million dollars during the Bike to the Bay campaign.
So what is MS? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
See what Steve Parker from Alexandria, VA., has to say about MS Society Bike to the Bay after hitting his 7th year as a MS Society Bike to the Bay cyclist. Steve’s family and co workers have been impacted by MS and it was all the reason he needed to join the MS Bike to the Bay to make a difference.
Don’t want to bike to the Bay? no problem, Bike to the Bay isn’t just for cyclists, It’s also for volunteers, sponsors, and vendors. MS Society needs your help in other areas, so give back by becoming a volunteer, a team or individual sponsor, or perhaps even a vendor at a MS Society event in your area.
With that said, volunteering does have rewarding benefits. When you become a volunteer you become a part of the MS commitment, and a part of a team of people committed to achieving one goal – to create a world free of MS. By working together, you can help make a difference in the lives of so many affected by MS.
Courtesy of National Ms Society, here’s a short video of what Bike to the Bay is all about:
For the MS Society Delaware, they hold the Bike to the Bay event every year during the summer months for two days. They have options for all cycling abilities from 20 to 175 mile rides. Each ride takes you through the flat farmlands and rural towns of Delaware, to the beautiful beaches along the Delaware coast. With rest stops every 12 miles, you can rest assured that you’ll finish on the Bay to awaiting crowds to cheer you in with great food and drinks, and of course music to keep the finish line party going.
This year, MS Society of Delaware held it’s annual Bike to the Bay event on September 10 & 11, 2016. The start line was at the Deltech community College’Terry Campus in Dover, De. The atmosphere was phenomenal, with friendly people all over. The set up and coordination to roll out the event was well planned and orchestrated, all by volunteers and vendors such as Bike Line, who was providing all the necessary bike tune up’s as needed.
We had the opportunity to meet one team, the Mt. Vernon Trailblazers. An awesome team of people from all over. The Mt. Vernon Trailblazers raised $37,679.37, placing them first on the list of top teams. Steve Parker is the captain of his team, raising 80% of his $10,000.00 goal. Learn more about Steve and his team here
Christiana and Delaware City Volunteer Fire Companies dedicated their time and an ambulance to patrol all the rest stops including the start and finish lines. They also patrolled the routes to tend to any injured cyclists. According to EMS R. Schmuck, of Christiana Fire company, there were no injuries to cyclists however, a few cyclists experienced a mild case of heat exhaustion and had to be treated the last few miles of the ride on day one.
Don’t know what MS is? Here’s a great introduction:
According to the Trail Blazers, the rest stops are necessary for the ride to be successful. The need to refuel at rest stops to keep on going is required. Bike to the Bay cyclists often refer to the ride as “Buffet to the Bay” for this reason alone. With twelve rest stops along the way, cyclists could hardly wait to get to the next rest stop to refuel.
One rest stop, a private home that caters to this event providing a variety of free food including fruit, drinks and a vendor food truck offering some of the best home made scrapple sandwiches you can find in Delaware. the scrapple and sausage was provided by Milton Sausage & Scrapple Co. Welcome to Uncle Ted’s Place, Named for Ted Stuclick, member of the Oddfellows Golden Rule Lodge and currently owned by Polly Stucklic, a member of the Oddfellows’ female chapter, Rebeka’s. Uncle Ted’s was organized for a small group of cyclists who needed a rest stop on their way to the bay before it became an annual ride for Bike MS.
So what are you waiting for? If you’ve never gotten on a bike before, now’s the time to start training for next year’s Bike to the Bay event in your area. Visit the National MS Society Bike to the Bay event to learn how. Besides the environmental benefits, riding a bike also has health benefits.
“To see the power of love, respect, inspiration, drive, and altruism at its best.” – Team Rehab United
Why ride a bike? “Cycling can be easily integrated into daily life, unlike gym workouts,” says Nick Cavill, a public health consultant and director of Cycling England, a project promoting cycling’s benefits in the UK. But the perks of getting around on two wheels go beyond avoiding traffic and living more healthfully. Commuting by car has been linked to weight gain and obesity, even in drivers who make time for exercise. Women who commute by walking or biking at least 30 minutes each day also were found to have a decreased risk of breast cancer.
Thank you to the riders, donors & volunteers that take part in #BikeMS! #DontJustRide https://t.co/5XtQuYlKqk pic.twitter.com/NjBRhfRS0R
— National MS Society (@mssociety) September 9, 2016