2018 BP MS 150

Baker Hughes Express Team Photo - LaGrange
Baker Hughes Express Team Photo - LaGrange

Baker Hughes GE Fullstream

 WELCOME TO THE BAKER HUGHES GE FULLSTREAM - 2018 BP MS-150 TEAM

Thank you for signing up for our 2018 Baker Hughes GE Fullstream MS-150 team. We welcome back all legacy Baker Hughes Express and Team GE riders and all new riders from both legacy companies. We are looking forward to finding the best of both teams and making the new team better than ever.

We are still working out all the details, but at this point it appears that the new team will provide the following:

*No charge to participate is anticipated at this time for employees and family.

*Free team jersey for people meeting MS Society fundraising minimum and safety requirements

*A combined team tent in LaGrange with cots and air mattresses

*Dinner and Breakfast in LaGrange

*Transportation of your baggage from Houston to LaGrange and probably to Austin

*Team Tent and Lunch in Austin

*A choice of training with either Ready2Roll Cycling (at your expense $165 if you register before the first ride) or Energy Riders (possibly a slight fee, but likely no charge.) This is a good, but much more bare bones experience than R2R Cycling.

*Separate Day 1 Team start point (about 95 miles) or start at any official start point. There will be a second team start at Rhodes Stadium.

At this point it appears that we have secured normal funding for the team for 2018; however, given the state of the oil & gas economy, there is no telling whether that might change. If so, we may need to require a fee to participate, though we do not think that is likely.

 

 SOCIAL MEDIA

 

We have two ways we communicate with the team through social media, the legacy BH Express Facebook page (we are working on updating the name) https://www.facebook.com/BHXpress/ 

and

through the BHGE Houston Cycling Yammer Page at https://www.yammer.com/ge.com/#/threads/inGroup?type=in_group&feedId=10089811&view=all

CONGRATULATIONS BHX AND TEAM GE 2017 TEAMS

I would like to congratulate everyone who participated on last year's legacy Baker Hughes team, which, for the 2nd year in a row, had its best ever per rider fund raising.  Team BHX finished the 21st highest fundraising team overall and received its third consecutive Mission Possible Award. The 83 Team BHX riders raised about $1700 per rider with total fundraising of over $145,000. Three BHX riders qualfied for Club 300, the top 300 fundraisers out of all 12,000 total riders and one was in the top 25.  BHX also received the "Complete Package Team" award in recognition of all it has done for riders and MS over the years.

Team GE had a good year as well, highlighed by a Silver level safety award.  Great job by everyone on the team to get that award.  The 81 Team GE riders raised a total of just under $69,000 for an average of $851 per rider.  GE's top rider raised close to $6,000. Combined, the two teams would have finished 9th overall with about 215,000.00 in fundraising.

We are sure that the new Baker Hughes GE Fulllstream team will be bigger and better than ever, drawing on the great traditions of both legacy teams and companies. We will also continue to be inspired by the challenges that people afflicted with MS suffer every day and are riding to make a difference in the fight against MS by doing everything we can to help find a cure. This is a cause we truly believe in. Can we count on your support?

Here are some team rules and possible changes we want you to know about:

1. FUNDRAISING - Starting with the 2015 BP MS 150, the National MS Society required that riders reach the $400 minimum fundraising level before the ride or they will not be permitted to participate. Please remember that the reason we ride is to end MS. Joining Team Baker Hughes Express is a pledge to meet AT LEAST the minimum $400 per rider fundraising requirement. We hope that you will set your goal at $1000 or more. Last year nearly one-third of our riders raised at least $1000!

2. JERSEY - We believe that the team will once again provide free jerseys; however, that has not yet been confirmed. If we are forced to charge for jerseys (i) they will be optional and (ii) we expect the cost to be around $50.

If the team does provide jerseys, you will be required to reach the $400 minimum fundraising goal in order to receive your jersey. You must meet the minimum before the ride, we will NOT give out jerseys to anyone who has not met the minimum. As always, you must complete the safe cycling challenge to receive your jersey. This should take experienced riders about 10 minutes. We are considering whether the Group Riding Skills Course will be required this year.

3. SAFETY - We have held group riding skills classes at Baker Hughes GE locations for a number of years and strongly encourage everyone who has not taken a group riding safety course since May 2015 take the course this year. We're trying to schedule one or two courses at Baker Hughes GE locations (Rankin Road and/or a legayc GEO&G locatino), plus the MS Society offers a number of courses.

4. QUALIFICATION - The team is limited to Baker Hughes employees and their friends and family riding with them. If you register and do not have a Baker Hughes e-mail address we will ask for confirmation that you are an employee or are being sponsored by one. We reserve the right to cap registration if necessary due to budget constraints and limitations on logistics. We have had to turn away some riders in the past.

5. TRAINING PROGRAMS

READY2ROLL CYCLING - Legacy BHX has trained with the premier MS-150 training program, Ready2Roll Cycling. There is a fee of around $160.00 fee to participate. R2R is NOT mandatory, but it's a great program and the cost is well below what it would take to participate in so many (12-14) organized training rides. The first two training rides for beginning riders are in early January. The main program should start in late January 28. I cannot recommend the program highly enough. Getting out of town to ride in the hills for a number of weeks in a row makes completing the long, hilly ride to Austin so much easier. Rides tend to be west and northwest of town, with many in the hills. You will be required to participate as a volunteer either at a rest stop or driving a SAG vehicle for one ride or transporting water jugs for 2-3 rides.

ENERGY RIDERS - Legacy GE O&G has trained with Energy Riders, another premier training program. Energy Riders relies on team participation and provides a more bare bones experience, but will be available at little or no cost to individual riders. We encourage you to check out both of these two great programs and determine which is best for you. Rides tend to be more spread out with some rides in pretty much every part of town including Alvin and Richmond. There tend to be fewer rides in the hills than R2R. There will be similar volunteer requirements to R2R.

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