Last year, Houston BCycle's Operations Manager, Doogie Roux accepted the challenge of riding in the MS150 on a 50 pound bike share bike. When the first day was rained out, he was disappointed to only get to complete the 70 mile ride from La Grange to Austin. This year, he's not backing down from the challenge, and he has convinced two new co-workers to join him.
Christin Dietze, Marketing and Communications Manager for Houston BCycle, and Matt Kocian, who has worked as a BCycle mechanic to keep bikes available in the Houston network, will be joining Roux for the 2017 BP MS150. They're goal is to raise at least $2,500 for the fight against MS while also bringing awareness to the values of bike share, which brings health, environmental and community benefits to any city with a program. In preparation for the ride, this team of three rode 60 miles in the Tour de Houston in March and learned a little more about the pros and cons of a long distance ride on a bike share bike.
"The large front basket is heavy, but ideal for bringing along beverages and snacks to keep up your energy on a long ride. It even works as an aerobar if you want to lean forward and take some pressure off of your back." according to Roux.
This will be Dietze's first MS150. "Aside from doing our part in fundraising for MS research, we're also hoping to inspire more people to consider riding in the MS150 regardless of their cycling experience or what type of bike they own. The only modification we'll make to these 3-speed BCycles is swapping out the regular pedals for clips-ins, to add more power to our pedal." she says.
Kocian is excited to take on his fourth MS150 with a new challenge. "After the Tour de Houston, I was surprised when my arms were more tired than my legs. These big red bikes aren’t built for speed, but I think we'll have a lot of fun completing the ride together."
All three riders have friends who have battled or been personally affected by multiple sclerosis. Inspired by how these friends have overcome the challenges of MS, these three are taking on what they consider the ultimate MS150 challenge.
If you'd like to make a donation to these riders' MS150 fundraising pages, please follow the below links: