What is Bike MS?
Bike MS is a program of the National MS Society that was created to help raise funds and awareness in support of the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and by the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
The money that is donated from this ride goes to making life easier for people who have MS, through support groups, scooters, service dogs, cooling vests, and other assistance. It also supports crucial research for new treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease. One day, we hope this research will lead to a cure and a world free of MS.
Who is the The Big EL at Ascend?
We are a team of family, friends, and friends of friends who ride to fight MS. The Big EL got its start nearly 30 years ago, when Bob started riding in the MS 150 (then, just 150 kilometers) in support of his wife, Ellie (aka Big EL and the mom of ASCEND Founder, Alex), who has had MS for more than 40 years. In 1999, his children, Katie and Alex, rode with him and the team was officially born. Eighteen years later, Katie and Alex are in charge of the team, the team has merged with the ASCEND Cycling Club (launched in 2018), and we ride in honor of the many people we know who have MS. We are a mix of frequent bikers and once-a-year riders, and we are always open to new members!
What's happening this year?
On June 8th and 9th, The Big EL at ASCEND will ride from Zelienople to Lake Erie. It's 150 miles of beautiful scenery, good conversaiton, a little bit of exercise, and a ton of fun.
What are the perks of joining The Big EL at ASCEND?
All members of The Big EL at ASCEND get a free team jersey, a team shirt, team socks, and food and drink at our team tent at the end of day 1 at Allegheny College.
How much does it cost? What else do I need to know?
Registration costs will vary depending on when you actually register. If you are doing both days of the ride, you'll need to reserve accomodations (this is done during signing up - see below). We stay at Allegheny College, and they have dorm rooms available for you. It's pretty cushy for a quick overnight!
Meals during the ride are provided by the MS Society, and the ride itself is VERY well curated. Rest stops are every 10-15 miles. All turns are marked. Before you know it, you've riden 150 miles!
To register AND be guaranteed a jersey/shirt/socks in your size, use the following sign up link for the Bike MS by May 5th: LINK - just click "Register" and follow the prompts.
Any additional questions, please email [email protected].
Looking forward to riding with you!