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Who We Are
“Oh no, they’ve gone rogue!” – A small group of rogue cyclists wanted to break the confines of being affiliated with a single company and branch into a community team where anyone can join, participate, and feel welcome. At the culmination of the 2016 TTT, the idea hit us like a sumo wrestler in biker shorts and the Big Nasty Cycling Team was born.
We’re going to do BIG things and we’re going to get NASTY in the fight against MS.
For 2017, we’re going to PEDAL REALLY FAR and ASK PEOPLE FOR MONEY, but, most of all, we’re going to have FUN and make GOOD THINGS HAPPEN! We’ll ride bikes together, drink some beer, and make BIG plans. We’ll challenge ourselves and challenge each other, but we will NOT be the biggest team or highest raising team. Instead, we’ll just be the BEST team.
Why We Do This
Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to meet many people whose life has been directly impacted by Multiple Sclerosis, either through a friend or loved one, or battling the disease personally. I was both moved and inspired by the resilience it takes to do the simplest task that you and I take for granted. I was overwhelmed by one cyclist who, despite the debilitating effects of MS, rides farther and faster than most healthy people can, myself included.
Bike MS is not simply about raising money, it’s about helping people. 2016 witnessed a team pivot its fundraising efforts to purchase a recumbent bicycle for an individual with MS to allow this person the ability to stay active and actively participate in this event. Thanks to this effort, the individual was able to ride in the Tour to Tanglewood as a member of the team. To hear the story of how the team captain and the individual met quite by accident at an NMSS event, the friendship that was born, and the team coming together to make this individual one of their own was both powerful and moving.
We'll go the distance for MS. It will take training, preparation, as well as ongoing support, and we will share in this event with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of cyclists from all over the country. What will really put power in my pedals is your support and commitment to those impacted by MS. Every mile we ride brings us closer to our goal--a world free of MS.
Join Or Support Us Today
If you ride, click the Join Our Team button to become part of the Big Nasty Cycling Team. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far, if you have a bike, you can be a Big Nasty. If you don’t have a bike or don’t want to pedal, there are other ways to support the team. Just ask how.
If you would rather donate than pedal, please donate today. We've set an ambitious goal because we know that with support from people like you we can get there. The money raised will help fund amazing progress in MS research, as well as programs and services that ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives. This cause is really important to us, so we hope you will help us end MS forever.
Want to join our team?
We'd love to have you. Come ride with us and experience a ride that will change lives—including your own.
When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.
Learn more at bikeMS.org.
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