As you are getting ready to ride, check out the options you have for your Bike MS challenge.
Cyclists may choose from one of three official start locations for the BP MS 150 in the Houston area. The ride ends at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, with an overnight stay at Camp St. Mark's/the Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange. The total mileage for each route varies between 140 and 170 miles (with breakpoints located every 8-to-15 miles), depending on your chosen start and day 2 route.
Day 1 Turn-by-Turn Directions
Day 2 Turn-by-Turn Directions
If you own a GPS device capable of using the open GPS Exchange Format (zipped GPX) standard, you can use the files below to assist with navigation on the BP MS 150 route.
For the safety of cyclists and volunteers, only BP MS 150 official event vehicles are allowed on the route. Personal and team support vehicles must use the vehicle route shown on the Vehicle Route map.
SAG vehicles and full route support are provided for cyclists.
Please be respectful of the communities that support and welcome Bike MS! Their hospitality makes this event possible. Every effort is made to keep you safe. Where possible, local law enforcement agencies have been recruited to help you travel through intersections and on shared roadways. Be courteous, as they help you travel safely through their communities.
Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on the route. Please understand our need to cut down on vehicular traffic for your safety. We provide SAG vehicles and full route support, which you can read about under Route Support.
There are three official start locations for the BP MS 150 in the Houston area. The total mileage on each route varies between 150 and 180 miles to Austin, with breakpoints located every 8 to 15 miles. The ride begins Saturday morning at three convenient starting points:
Cyclists can choose from three exciting routes from the La Grange overnight site to the new finish line at the Circuit of the Americas in Southeast Austin. †.
†All routes merge before lunch at the Bastrop Intermediate School.
After lunch, the route takes cyclists to the finish line at the Circuit of the Americas in Southeast Austin.
Your extraordinary Bike MS experience includes fantastic support. While you ride, you should only be concerned about two things: riding safely and having fun! We take care of all the rest.
Here are just a few of the volunteer groups you can count on during event weekend:
The safety of our cyclists is the number one priority of the BP MS 150. On the route, there is combination of riders with different experience and skill levels. To help ensure that everyone has a great ride and arrives safely at the finish line, we work hard to create a proactive approach to safety.
Below is a list of the volunteer groups you can count on during event weekend.
BP MS 150 Bike Police are law enforcement officers who volunteer their time for the safety of riders and volunteers. They have the responsibility to ensure riders obey traffic laws and rules governing the ride, as well as assisting in emergencies. Bike Police will take whatever action is necessary to maintain the safety of others, including motor vehicles on the route. Police will warn and, if necessary, remove any unsafe or uncooperative riders from the route, as well as issue tickets in accordance with the law.
Trained, professional medical personnel are available throughout the route to help all participants. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to ask. All breakpoints, lunch sites, overnight sites, and the Austin Finish Line will have first aid stations.
Ride Marshals are registered riders that provide extra safety and security on the route. This special team of cyclists offers assistance along the route and monitors cycling safety. Ride Marshals also assist novice cyclists with coaching to ride safely. Be courteous and follow the instructions of Ride Marshals.
Motorcycle Marshals patrol the route to assist with cycling traffic and respond to emergencies and traffic situations. This group of volunteers also monitors the wellbeing of riders.
Special Assistance Group (SAG) vehicles provide transportation to riders who need a lift to the next breakpoint. SAG vehicles do not stop to make bike repairs, but they will bring riders to the next breakpoint. SAG vehicles only move a rider forward along the route.
To signal a SAG vehicle driver, follow these steps:
It is difficult to distinguish a friendly wave from a call for assistance from a moving vehicle. Use the SAG signal when you need a lift. Be aware that SAG vehicles may be full at peak hours. Please have patience; another SAG vehicle will be along the route soon. At breakpoints, look for a SAG tent or signage.
The HAM Amateur Radio Communications Team links the BP MS 150 with radio and cellular communication support and operations. Team members are located at Central Radio Network Control and in event vehicles on the route to provide the ride's information backbone.
Certified medical professionals (EMTs, paramedics, and nurses). This group of volunteers provide medical support along the route, at breakpoints, lunch sites, overnight sites, and the Finish Line in Austin.
Be sure to get your bike inspected at an Official Bike Store prior to ride weekend to identify any potential issues. Official Bike Stores will provide minor repairs on the road and at breakpoints along the route. If you encounter a mechanical problem while riding and need assistance, move completely off to the side of the road and signal a SAG vehicle.
We make every effort to ensure you won't get lost on the route. Follow the directional signs along the route marked with arrows. You'll see the route signs at each turn and along the straightaways, so you'll know you didn't make a wrong turn.
National MS Society staff and key volunteers will be monitoring the route.
Please be respectful of the communities that support and welcome the BP MS 150! Their hospitality makes this event possible. Every effort is made to keep you safe during the event. Where possible, local law enforcement agencies have been recruited to help you travel through intersections and on shared roadways. Be courteous as they help you travel safely through their communities.
Personal SAG vehicles are NOT permitted on the route. Please understand our need to reduce vehicular traffic on the route for your safety. If you or your team must have a personal SAG vehicle, you are required to use the Vehicle Route Map.
Breakpoints are located every 8-15 miles along the route and feature snacks, sports drinks, and water to keep you going. In addition, first aid stations, mechanical support, and restroom facilities are provided to meet all your needs. Please use the restroom facilities at the breakpoints, lunches, and overnight locations.
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