Team Captains Corner: National Bike Month
nearly 80% of cyclists riding on a team annually, you are the driving force in
the continued success of the Ride. You are recruiting and encouraging year
advantage of National Bike Month as an opportunity to do what you do best: grow
your team and spread the word about Bike MS: City to Shore!
- Ensure all 2016 team
members are registered – contact Rosie for your 2016 (or further back) team roster.
that registration increases to $65 on May 26
- Download the Bike MS Mobile app to
communicate with your teammates and donors on the go! (see more on the
Mobile app below)
- Utilize the team captain tools
available in your Participant Center to send
recruitment emails, update your team page and more.
- Is your team
celebrating an anniversary year or a fundraising milestone? Be sure to
communicate that out to your team members this month to get them excited
to share in your team’s success!
And find more ways to engage your team in the articles
Take Action During National Bike Month
May is National
Bike Month, and a great time to and share
your City to Shore experience and reason for riding.
1. Wear your vintage gear while riding to work
during Bike to Work Week (May 15-19) as a way to promote City to Shore, recruit others to share the City to
Shore experience with you, solicit donations and share your reason for riding.
- Ensure you have
2017 Trading Cards on hand, to hand out along your ride.
- Reminder: the registration fee increases from $50 to $65 on May
26 – encourage friends, family and co-workers to register today!
2. Don’t wait until
September - start thinking about safe and courteous cycling behavior now – see article below for more details
3. Share your experience from anywhere, with
Fundraising mobile app - iPhone | Android.
Did you know? Cyclists who update their
personal page or share their personal stories on social media raise twice as
much as those who don’t!
The Boundless Fundraising app allows you to
share reason for riding in just a few clicks:
- Personalize your fundraising page with your story
- Send an email or text message about your fundraising
efforts to anyone in your phone contacts
- Plus, track and thank your donors
To learn more about the Bike MS
mobile app, see page 13 of the Participant Center Guide.
forget to tag Bike MS: City to Shore in your posts for the chance to be
featured on our Facebook page! We will be sharing YOUR stories all month long!
Be Courteous. Be Responsible. Be Safe.
celebrates the 10th year of City to Shore’s Responsible Cycling
Program. Over the past years, hundreds of cyclists
have taken the pledge to ensure City to Shore is as safe and enjoyable as possible
for everyone involved.
this milestone with us this September 23 & 24, by continuing your
commitment and/or joining the ranks of safe and courteous City to Shore
cyclists, by taking the pledge to be a Responsible Cyclist in 2017.
Whether your last Group
Riding Skills Course was in 2008 or in 2014,
it is important that we
all continue to make a good impression on all the communities we ride
Take the pledge today.
Come and Get It! Cyclist Resources
Handbook = Hitting Mailboxes later this month!
this is your first year participating in City to Shore or your 30th,
be sure to reference this mailing for important Ride information and changes,
dates and deadlines, route and safety information, fundraising tips &
resources and more.
Bag = 2017 will be available online soon
Access to your virtual goodie bag online for bike shop
and sponsor coupons/promotions, including:
- Free Bike Inspection
- Bike MS 10% Off valid at all sponsoring shops + shop-specific coupons
- And more! Your virtual goodie bag will be updated with more coupons and
offers from local partners and sponsors all season long, so be sure to keep
How Your Fundraising Helps
Michael – one of our 2017 Bike MS Champions
In the midst of getting licensed to be
an architect, Michael Black-Smith’s speech started to slur and his right side
went numb. The onset of MS was sudden and severe, and in June 2009 he was
He was able to get his license, but
due to his symptoms he had to stop working. That first year, he went through a
state of denial. He tested out multiple different treatment options, all while
dealing with the many unknowns of what his future would look like. That’s when
he reached out to the MS Society and attended a support group. It was helpful,
but five years ago, he and his wife decided to start their own group for
couples dealing with the challenges of MS.
“We were dealing with issues like what
happens to my career, and do we start a family. The biggest thing the MS
Society has done for me is to facilitate that support group and publicize it to
Dates & Deadlines
Make sure you are in the know about housing, money
turn-in deadlines, Bike MS event and more. Click here for a full list
of 2017 important dates and deadlines.
- Request FREE promotional
- Take the pledge to be a responsible
- May 15-19: Bike to Work Week
- May 31: World MS Day
- June 1: Ocean City
- June 10 & July 22: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pick up FREE Bike MS promotional materials and connect with other cyclists
at the Conshohocken Brewing Company (along the Schuylkill River Trail)
- August 1: Early Money
Turn-In/ Long Sleeve T-Shirt Deadline *** Note: the amount
to receive a Long-Sleeve has increased to $500 this year. Contact us to
update your goal today!
18-September 20: Bike Inspections
- August 21: Rider Expo,
presented by XFINITY Live! & Rider Number Pick Up
- August 31: Rider Number Mailing
September 23 & 24: Bike MS: City to Shore 2017!
1. SCREENS N SPOKES, $32,900
2. Lou's Loonies, $8,164
3. UPHS/PENN, $7,648
4. Jersey's Team, $7,250
5. Friends Of Jack, $6,640
1. Ian Harris, $30,000
2. Joseph Grabowski, $11,000
3. Jack Beiter, $6,540
4. Bernard Plantz, $5,145
5. Roger Dennis, $5,000
1. UPHS/PENN, 182
2. Team Ox, 78
3. Team Comcast, 61
4. Jersey's Team 49
5. Peddler's Shop Cycling Club - PSCC, 41
Click here to see the 2016 Top Teams & Top 250 VIP Club members.