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First Time Riders

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Whether you're a veteran cyclist or you're new to the sport, if you're new to Bike MS we want to ensure your first experience is the best it can be.

new riders

I just wanted to say thank you for making this ride such a great experience! I was a rookie rider and everything was great! The volunteers were awesome at every rest stop, the DJ's were great, and the whole experience of riding was amazing!! I am so excited for next year and I am so thankful that so many people take their weekend to volunteer, ride and help out! It is amazing that you get so much support and encouragement for a bike ride!! This was an experience that I will never forget!!!" –Walter Hummel
This was my first year riding in Bike MS and I was extremely impressed; it was one of the best experiences of my life. To be a part of such an enormous event that ultimately helps so many with MS was exhilarating. Already looking forward to next year." –Tom Maxwell

Tips for a great experience

1. Make sure you are in the know!

  • Read the monthly New Rider Updates and all other emails you receive from your local Bike MS team, for important ride information and updates.
  • Read and reference the Cyclist Handbook sent to each cyclist.
  • Use as your go-to source for ride information, especially the FAQs.
  • If you have any questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2. Connect with other Bike MS cyclists

3. Don't wait to begin fundraising

  • Don't let the $300 minimum intimidate you - the average Bike MS cyclist raises on average $750! Raise $1,000 or more and become a member of the exclusive VIP Club. It's not hard to get there, and we're here to help you along the way.
  • Tell your donors why you are riding and how their dollars make a difference.
  • Log into your Participant Center to update your goal as you reach it.
  • Check out these Fundraising Tips and Tools for additional ideas and resources.

4. Start training now and learn how to ride in a crowd

  • Set realistic goals and keep track of your mileage.
  • Take a Group Riding Skills Course at a local bike shop. With so many cyclists on the road, it's important that everyone is a responsible cyclist. Learn the rules of the road and safe cycling practices.
  • Check out sponsoring bike shop training rides.
  • Take advantage of your free subscription to TrainingPeaks.

5. Make your ride meaningful

  • Wear your “I Ride For…” bib, included in your rider number packet, ride weekend.
  • Find out why others ride and get inspired.
  • If you are living with MS, participate in the 'I Ride With MS' program.

6. At the ride

  • Visit the New Rider Tents at the start line to ask questions, meet other first-time Bike MS cyclists, get your bike checked, and receive FREE giveaways.
  • Wear padded shorts and gloves. Check out Ride Day Info for more advice on what to wear for ride day.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking before you become thirsty. Rest stops along the route will be fully stocked. Learn more about proper hydration and nutrition.

7. Experience the finish line

  • After crossing the finish line to an abundance of cheering spectators, have your commemorative photo taken, collect your t-shirt, visit the New Rider Tent to win great prizes, and enjoy all the finish line has to offer.

Thank you to our premier national sponsors

Thank you to our local sponsors

If you are interested in partnering with the Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach, please contact us.

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