First-Time Riders

BP MS 150 First-Time Riders

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Welcome, First-Time BP MS 150 Participants! We are so excited you have decided to embark on the journey from Houston to Austin to ride, fundraise, and support a world free of MS.

Whether you're a veteran cyclist or you're new to the sport of cycling, we want to ensure your first BP MS 150 experience is the best.

Table of Contents

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› Important Tips
› Prepare for the Ride
› Choose Your Start Location
› Pack Your Bag
› Route Support
› Overnight
› Transportation
› Austin Finish Line

Important Tips

BP MS 150 Start

Prepare for the Ride

Choose Your Start Location

  • Choose from one of three convenient start locations and arrive early:
    • 102-mile route Houston at the Energy Corridor Park Row starts at 6:45 am (weather permitting)
    • 85-mile route in Katy at Rhodes Stadium starts at 6:45am (weather permitting)
    • 76-mile route in Waller at Waller Stadium features a rolling start from 8:00am to 10:00am

Pack Your Bag

  • Find out what to pack and bring your bags to an official National MS Society luggage truck at one of the start locations on Saturday, April 28 for transport to La Grange. In La Grange on Sunday morning, April 29, bring your bags to an official National MS Society luggage truck to be transported to the Austin Finish Line.
  • Be sure to load your luggage on an official National MS Society luggage truck and not a team-specific truck; National MS Society trucks will have identifying signage.

Route Support

  • Route Support is available (Ride Marshals, Bike Medics, Support & Gear (SAG) vehicles, medical support, and more).
  • Replenish and hydrate at the official Breakpoints located every 8 to 15 miles along the route. Light snacks will be provided along with fruit, water, and sports drink. If you have specific dietary requirements, we suggest you bring supplemental food items with you to ensure you are properly fueled for the entire weekend.
  • Complimentary lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is provided at the Overnight in La Grange and the Finish Line in Austin. Be sure to wear the wristband included in your Rider Packet.

Overnight

  • Overnight location at Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange, TX:
    • Tent Village designated areas (Team Tent reservations required)
    • Individual camping areas (no reservations required); walk-in camping is available on first-come basis
    • La Grange-area motels/hotels
    BP MS 150 Finish

    Transportation

    • Friday, April 27
      • Charter buses and bike transportation from Austin to Houston on Friday, April 27 will be available for $35 advance online purchase through April 1st or $50 online purchase starting April 2nd or on-site (on-site ticket purchase is subject to availability). Transportation fee is payable by credit card or check.
      • Charter buses and trucks transporting bikes will leave from the BP MS 150 finish line at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) traveling to the Katy Mills Mall and then to the Omni Westside Hotel in Houston. Bikes will be delivered directly to each starting location bike compound (Energy Park Corridor Park Row, Rhodes Stadium and Waller Stadium).
      • Complimentary parking will be available for your vehicle over the weekend at COTA.
    • Saturday, April 28
      • Charter bus and bike transportation from Austin to Houston on the morning of Saturday, April 28 will be available for $35 advance online purchase through April 1st or $50 online purchase starting April 2nd or on-site (on-site ticket purchase is subject to availability). Transportation fee is payable by credit card or check.
      • Charter bus and trucks transporting bikes will leave from the Circuit of the Americas and travel to Waller Stadium Only.
    • Sunday, April 29
      • Charter buses and bike transportation from Austin to Houston on Sunday, April 29 will be available for $35 advance online purchase through April 1st or $50 online purchase starting April 2nd or on-site (on-site ticket purchase is subject to availability). Transportation fee is payable by credit card or check.
      • The charter buses will leave from the Circuit of the Americas traveling to the three start locations (Energy Corridor Park Row, Rhodes Stadium and Waller Stadium). Bikes will be delivered directly to each start location.
      • Please allow 4 to 5 hours from bike loading at the finish line to the truck arrival at the start location.
      • At the end of the finish line chute, be sure to load your bike on the truck traveling to the start location where you started on Saturday morning.
    • Check out the Lodging & Transportation page for more information.
    Circuit of the Americas

    The Finish Line

    New Fantastic Finish Line for 2018 – Finish your 2018 BP MS 150 bike ride at Circuit of the Americas (COTA)!

    Revel in your accomplishments at the festive Finish Line celebration at Circuit of the Americas! After crossing the Finish Line to the cheers of hundreds of spectators, all cyclists are invited for food and fun. Invite your family and friends to join in the fun!

    Circuit of the Americas

    Located outside of downtown Austin, Circuit of the Americas has hosted some of the largest names and events in racing, action sports, and music since 2012. This change in venue is due to development of the Texas Capitol Complex in downtown Austin.

    Where we end the BP MS 150 is only one stop along our way to the ultimate finish line: a world free of MS. We are committed to giving cyclists, volunteers, and supporters the incredible experience they’ve come to know and love, and look forward to continuing the great Houston-to-Austin tradition!

New Rider Orientation New Rider Orientation New Rider Orientation

Join us for New Rider Orientation!

The New Rider Orientation is recommended for all riders that are participating in the BP MS 150 for the first time. The orientation will cover topics including training and safety information, nutrition and hydration, what to expect event weekend, and much more.

New Rider Orientation Schedule – Houston Area

Space is limited, so please register to attend!

  • January 17, 2018 – Register Now
    Karbach Brewing Company
    2032 Karbach St. Houston, TX 77092
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Register Now
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Handlebar Cyclery
    26440 FM 1093
    Richmond, TX 77406
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Register Now
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Bay Area Cycling
    2049 South Richey
    Pasadena, TX 77502
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Register Now
    Bike Barn
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    5339 Weslayan
    Houston, TX 77005
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Register Now
    Sun & Ski Sports
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    25415 I-45 South
    Spring, TX 77380
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Register Now
    Sun & Ski Sports
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    6100 Westeimer
    Houston, TX 77005
    (View map ›)
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Register Now
    Urban Bicycle Gallery
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    4814 Nett Street
    Houston, TX 77007
    (View map ›)

New Rider Orientation Materials

Check out these New Rider Orientation materials, containing useful information for both new and experienced riders, including:

  • Training and Safety Information
  • Group Riding Skills Information
  • Bike Maintenance
  • Cycling Gear and Accessories
  • What to Expect on the Route

› New Rider Orientation Presentation
› New Rider Orientation Handout

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