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Team Resources

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Teams are an amazing part of Bike MS! Each year nearly 80% of Bike MS cyclists make a bigger impact by riding as part of a team. Use these ideas and checklists to build a successful team.

Testimonial
Our team of was formed because I was diagnosed with MS in March 2012. Since then, our team has grown to over 100 participants and over 27 living with MS. It's not about the distance; it's about the fundraising, and the ride is a celebration of your fundraising success." –Chris Potter, Team Wingman, Co-Captain

1. Register

Register first in order to create a team.

If you registered as an individual, but would like to join or start a team, please contact the Fundraising Support Center (Fundraising Support Center or 855-372-1331) with the name of the team you'd like to join or start (in addition to the team fundraising goal, if starting a team) and we'll make it happen.

2. Read the Team Captain & Participant Guide .

Use this detailed guide to help you be a successful Team Captain for Bike MS.

3. Set your team fundraising goal

Setting a team goal is an easy way to motivate your team and establish a benchmark for success. Use this Bike MS Goal Setting Sheet to set a team goal that will motivate everyone to do their best.

4. Customize your team page

Did you know that participants who personalize and actively update their personal fundraising page can raise on average two to three times more? Activate your team by setting up your team page in the online Participant Center. Use the Participant Center Guide for step by step instructions on utilizing the team captain resources available in your Participant Center, such as:

  • Updating your team goal
  • Updating your team page
  • Sending recruitment and team emails
  • Tracking your progress
  • Managing your roster, and much more!

5. Recruit

Enlist your colleagues, friends, family members, and neighbors to join your team by sending them an email with a direct link to register through your participant center. You can also have them join by selecting "Join a Team" during the registration process & searching for your team name.

Leading a national or corporate team? Use this Sample Team Article to announce your team in a company newsletter or intranet. Be sure to also read the Corporate Team section of the Bike MS Team Captain Guide for more information.

6. Organize Team Fundraising

Increase team fundraising by asking all members to make a self-donation to their personal fundraising. Also, planning team fundraisers is a great way to get all members involved and contributing to the overall team goal. See the Team Success section for fundraising ideas for teams.

7. Communicate

Whether it's a phone call, email or team get together, engage and keep your team informed by sharing information that you receive from the National MS Society regarding team/fundraising contests, event details, and your team ranking.

8. Be a Cheerleader

Once team members have begun registering, send out emails to the team, and welcome new members. Don't forget to create fundraising challenges for your team members and to congratulate those who reach fundraising milestones.

9. Make a Team Jersey

Our national Bike MS apparel sponsor, Primal Wear, has great solutions for team apparel. Not only that, they will donate 15% of your Bike MS order towards you teams fundraising. Create a team jersey all team members can wear when training to promote your team and Bike MS!

10. Plan and Share Day-of-Event Details

Are you meeting somewhere special? Are you wearing team jerseys or coordinated outfits? Are you hosting a tent in the Team Village? Send the details to your team members so they feel included and can have as much fun as possible on event weekend!

Team Captain Resources
Team Captain News

Team Captain Resources

In addition to the Bike MS Staff assigned to work with you and help your team year-round, see the various tools below that will help your team achieve success this year!

Team Captain & Participant Guide
All you need to know about getting your team started, recruiting team members, and fundraising.

Team Captain Goal Setting Sheet
Use this document to establish key benchmarks to ensure you hit your team's goal for the year. Share with your team.

Team Goal Poster
Track your team's fundraising and recruitment progress for everyone to see.

How-To Videos
Become a fundraising powerhouse with our how-to videos. Check out the easy-to-understand videos that show you the many ways our online tools will help you be a powerful part of creating a world free of MS!

Participant Center Guide
Utilize this guide for step-by-step instructions detailing the team captain resources available in your Participant Center, such as updating your team goal and your team page, sending recruitment and team emails, tracking your progress, managing your roster, and much more! Log in and get started today!

2018 information is coming soon! In the meantime, please visit our 2017 page.

Know Your Networks
Use this document to uncover all of your networks that could help you recruit more team members and raise money!

Digital Downloads
Download current year Bike MS logos, Bike MS Facebook cover photos, customizable email signatures, and more.

Support for Teams

We love our teams and offer a variety of support to ensure your team will be successful. If you have questions regarding fundraising, your Participant Center or event information please contact our Fundraising Support Center for assistance: By phone at 855-372-1331 or by email at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org

View our Contact Us page to reach out to us for team support.

Videos

Share these National MS Society videos on social media or via email to recruit additional members to your team. Show them what Bike MS is all about!

Bike MS – Land Title Peleton Pretenders

Bike MS – The Experience

Jerseys

Primal Wear is the official apparel sponsor of Bike MS. As part of their ongoing commitment to the National MS Society, Primal will donate 15% of your team's custom apparel order back to your team's fundraising account. Learn More about Custom Jerseys ›

Primal also donates 15% of all Bike MS-branded cycling apparel and accessory purchases back to Bike MS! Bike MS-branded apparel is sold online exclusively at primalwear.com.

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Team Captain News

Stay tuned to this section for important team news and incentives for Bike MS!

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Team Recruitment

Team members can be anybody - family members, friends, co-workers, or even neighbors. Whether you're a corporate team or a friends-and-family team, just be sure to recruit everyone you know.

Be bold! The first step is to ask. Enthusiasm and spirit are contagious—your friends and family will want to join the movement when they see how committed and excited you are. Here are some tips for growing your team:

  • Use this experience as a meaningful reason to reunite friends and family who live around the nation. They can fundraise and train at their homes, and then join you on the day of the event. Keep each other motivated by email or phone or surprise each other by sending care packages. A reunion on the day of the event can create a special memory!
  • Set up an informational meeting at your company: Invite your co-workers to be a part of your corporate team by donating, volunteering or participating. Don't forget to invite the CEO of your company to get involved with the team. When the boss gets involved, everyone else will want to join you. A representative from the National MS Society would be happy to speak at your meeting to discuss the event and share the mission of the MS Society.

Team Fundraising

Fundraising comes more naturally when you make it personal. If your team is participating for someone living with MS, ask them to share their story when making donation requests. Always follow these stories with statements about the powerful progress we have made in helping people with MS live their best lives.

Some other ideas that work well for teams:

  • Throw a team fundraising party. You can each take on a task, such as food or decorations, sending the invites or hosting. Have each guest make a donation to the National MS Society. Be sure to invite a representative from the National MS Society to the party to answer any questions your team may have.
  • Host a garage sale. Do you really need all that extra stuff taking up space in your garage, attic and/or basement? Gather it up and ask your team to do the same and pick a weekend to sell.
  • Another easy way to fundraise is through matching gifts, so be sure to ask anyone who donates to you if their company has a matching gifts program.

Team Incentives and Prizes

The benefits of forming a team include eligibility to win prizes throughout the year as well as earning team awards at the end of the season. We highly encourage you to recruit as many people as possible to join you.

Training

One of the biggest perks to forming a team is that you already have training partners. It's much harder to bypass training, hit the snooze button, or go for doughnuts when someone is counting on you to help them train. Training as a team keeps the momentum going and helps you support each other every step of the way. Check out our Training Resources for more tips.

Be Safe

Make sure everyone on your team has reviewed our Rider Safety page to ensure a safe ride for your team.

Have fun!

Our events are about a community coming together to create a world free of MS and the accomplishment of a unique personal challenge! As a leader, you get the opportunity to remind your teammates of why they are participating. These are more than fundraising events - they are celebrations of how far we've come together.

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