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Ride Day Info

Let's get you ready for the ride of your life!

Here is the information you'll need to have an amazing Bike MS experience. We've provided information on packet pick up, what to wear and important phone numbers and information for you.

Tour to Tanglewood Event Start

To ensure a safe and fun experience for all riders, the Tour to Tanglewood is offering an optional pace group start. The optional staging will include 20+ mph riders, 18-20 mph riders, 16-18 mph riders, and 14-16 mph riders. All other riders, including those that would like to stay with their team, will be staged behind these pace groups. Signage will be present to help with this process.

Additionally, a 7:30 a.m. start for century riders on Saturday and Sunday of the tour will be optional.

Team Photo Schedule

If your team is scheduled for a team photo schedule, please head to the bleacher in front of the stage a few minutes before your photo time. Find the full schedule linked below. If your team is interested in having their photo taken, please head to the bleachers during one of the open times. View Team Photo Schedule

Packet Pick Up Information

Mark your calendars for a Packet Pick Up!

Your Bike MS packet contains many important items including your bib number, event details and sponsor giveaways. You must have your minimum fundraising commitment of $300 for cyclists 18 and older, $150 for minor cyclists ages 12-17 turned in and a completed waiver on file in order to pick up your packet.

What to wear

We are delighted to welcome Primal Wear as the official apparel of Bike MS and invite you to check out Sponsors & Offers to see their specials for Bike MS participants.

So what should you wear for Bike MS?

  • Helmet - of course! You should wear one every time you ride, and you must when you ride in Bike MS. Modern helmets are lightweight, airy, and stylish as well.
  • Jersey - a cycling jersey with rear pockets is handy for carrying snacks, your wallet and other items. Summer jerseys are usually made from a material that wicks moisture way from the skin, keeping you drier and more comfortable. Plenty of casual riders simply pull on a T-shirt, but realize that sweat (or a rain shower) makes cotton heavy and clammy.
  • Shorts - cycling shorts are no joke. They are key to minimizing chafing and other discomforts when sitting on a saddle for any length of time. Good shorts have a large, smooth, lightly padded liner ("chamois”). If you don't care for the skintight look of Lycra, opt for the "baggie” mountain bike style that look like casual shorts but still has a liner. Being a loose fit, though, means they could bunch uncomfortably during long rides.
  • Gloves - short-finger cycling gloves absorb perspiration for a safer grip, protect against raw spots and blisters, and pad your palms to reduce road shock. Most have a terry back that gives you a way to wipe sweat from your eyes or energy drink from your chin.
  • Shoes and socks - dedicated cycling shoes, either for road riding or mountain biking, are the best choice. The reason? Very firm soles that let you press as hard as you want without feeling uncomfortable pedal pressure. You can use mountain bike style shoes with or without toe clips and straps, or with clipless pedal systems. Plenty of casual riders simply wear running shoes, but their softness makes them less suitable for longer distances. Socks are important for comfort and sweat absorption. Choose the low-cut style if you're worried about a funny tan line.
  • Sunglasses - it's best to use a sports model with unbreakable lenses that have 100% UV protection. The wraparound style will reduce bothersome wind, important if you wear contacts.

If you need some help training for Bike MS, make sure to read about Training Resources and remember to also read about Rider Safety.

Pre-Ride Newsletter

View our pre-ride newsletter below to see all important event weekend information and updates including weekend packing list, packet pick-up parties, schedule of events, etc. If you are registered to ride in Bike MS Tour to Tanglewood you will be receivingthis via mail.
View the Newsletter

Team Village Map

Check out the map of Team Village (Tanglewood Park), your guide to the Epicenter of event weekend.
View the Map

New to this year’s event:

The National MS Society is thrilled to be partnering with The Cycle Loft and Jerry Long YMCA to provide new, event weekend experiences for families and nonriders. These events will take place on the stage and park of Tanglewood on Saturday of the Tour.

Events include:

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Kati Donahue, The Cycle Loft
Class: SPIN, with Bikes provided by The Cycle Loft

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class: HIIT 101
A 30-minute small group training that includes functional workouts and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout. Parking and the class is free, but does not cover event tee-shirt, food or beverages. However, food tickets will be available on site for $10 per person.

1:30pm – 1:45pm
Class: Zumba
A Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop. Parking and the class is free, but does not cover event tee-shirt, food or beverages. However, food tickets will be available on site for $10 per person.

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