What a ride! Thousands of people raised millions of dollars towards curing Multiple Scleroris at the 2010 Zimmerman MS Bike Ride. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of, even just as a volunteer. Next year, however, I’m in for the ride.
The MS Ride gives people who bicycle the opportunity to ride 35, 50 and 75 miles courses for two days, with an overnight stay in Key Largo that features a giant, sponsored bicycle fun fest in John Pennecamp State Park. Every person who registers raises at least $300 for the MS Society. Most people participate in teams – and there are all kinds of teams – but a number of people rode solo or came with a friend. The ride is not exclusive to road racers, either. I saw people cross the finish line on mountain bikes, fixed gears, hybrids, recumbents, handcycles, tandems and even a tallbike. More photos on our facebook page here.
For someone who just loves bicycles, I have to say that the MS Ride brought together some of the most beautiful bicycles I’ve ever seen. Still, it was the sight of people riding through on their ‘regular’ bikes after as many as 75 miles of mostly headwinds that really inspired me.
Why ever and wherever you ride, consider riding for charity. It’s empowering, fun and positive all-around. Our friends at zMotion are an ever-growing group of riders for good causes. Here are some of them gearing up at 6:30am yesterday morning:Today’s portion of the ride was cancelled due to rain. An unfortunate turn of the weather- but still a hugely successful event for many, many reasons.
My thanks to everyone who came by and said hello to me as I volunteered with the Florida Bicycle Association. Many people signed up to learn more about what we are doing and it was a pleasure to meet some of you I’ve only met through facebook. I hope to see you all this Sunday for Bike Miami Days in the Grove!