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Welcome to the ride of a lifetime, Rookie! If you’re looking for an opportunity to drive lasting, life-changing breakthroughs, you’ve come to the right place. 

What is a Rookie Rider? A Rookie is someone who is new to the Texas MS 150, not necessarily someone new to cycling. Whether you have 50 years or 5 under your tires, we couldn’t be happier to have you here. 

Click here to view the New Rider Orientation presentation.

Thank YOU for Riding!

Person on a pink bike riding by themselves“Riders everywhere should give Bike MS a chance. It was totally out of my comfort zone.  No one cares if you are a seasoned rider or a rookie.  They just love the fact they you are out there helping to make a difference; the best part is listening to the panel stories of people who are living with MS.  We are making a difference and they are the proof!”
-Sheryl, Cycle to the Shore

 

Things I Wish I Knew My First Year at Bike MS
(Tips from our Veteran Riders)

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  1. Attend the Pre-event Logistics Meeting — It sets you up for success your first season with everything you need to know leading up to ride weekend including fundraising tips and training tips. Check below for the next upcoming New Rider Orientations:
    • NEW! Houston - New Rider Q&A and Social
      • Thursday, February 15, 2024
      • 6-8 pm Location:
        Wakefield Crowbar
        954 Wakefield Dr., Houston, TX 77018
      • Join us to get your questions about the Texas MS 150 experience answered and socialize with other first year riders!
      • RSVP Here
      • Need more options? Stay tuned for future dates including both Austin and virtual options.

    • NEW! Houston - New Rider Q&A and Social
      • Thursday, February 27, 2024
      • 6-8 pm Location:
        Eureka Heights Brew Co
        941 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008
      • Join us to get your questions about the Texas MS 150 experience answered and socialize with other first year riders!
      • RSVP Here

  2. Bike MS is not just one event weekend! It’s a welcoming community with season-round opportunities to connect. Attend in-person events to meet AWESOME Bike MS staff and fellow riders and your ride weekend will feel like a family reunion — minus the drama! Visit the Ride Details page for upcoming pre-ride events.
     
  3. Fundraising doesn’t have to be overwhelming—there are so many resources like the Bike MS App and Facebook Fundraising to make our lives easy! We promise, the Fundraising Toolkit page of the website will be your new best friend.  
     
  4. Did we mention the swag?! The more you raise, the more lives you change and the more prizes you can earn! PLUS, if you’re one of our top fundraisers this season, you can flaunt the most coveted item of all: a local Top Fundraiser jersey! Check out the Clubs & Incentives page for the fundraising levels and prizes.
     
  5. Start training now. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or new to the sport, VeloPro, the official training partner of Bike MS will get you ready to tackle your ride like a champ.  VeloPro learns about you, your goals and schedule and then creates a training plan that continuously adapts to your performance. 
     
  6. Padded shorts are NOT overrated—your butt will thank you later! 
     
  7. Make sure you check out the Ride Details page where you’ll find info like the event schedule and routes and maps. Or better yet, bookmark that page and check back often! All key event day info lives there.
     
  8. Set your sights high!  Rookie team captains have a chance to win the Rookie Team Captain of the Year and first-year riders for the Rookie of the Year award at our annual Awards Party.
     

See you at the finish line!

Cyclist crosses the Texas MS 150 finish line on their bike

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