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 (launching this year in 2018 - more to come!), 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!
How can I get in on the fun?
On June 9th and 10th, 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.
All members of The Big EL at ASCEND get a free team jersey, a team shirt, and food and drink at our team tent at the end of day 1.
To register AND be guaranteed a jersey/shirt in your size, use the following sign up link for the Bike MS by May 6th: LINK
Note: there are other Bike MS rides in the region throughout the year. Check out this LINK for more information. The Big EL @ ASCEND will still support riders who want to join the team but are planning to ride in a ride other than the Erie one.
Any additional questions, please email [email protected].