Safety & Training
The safety of our cyclists is our number one priority for Bike MS. Each year, thousands of participants join in approximately 100 rides across the nation. There will be a great mix of riders with different experience and skill levels on the road together. To help ensure that everyone has a great ride and arrives safely at the finish line we are working together to create a proactive approach to safety.
Safety isn’t just about wearing your cycling helmet and knowing the rules of the road. Those are very important measures, but cycling safety involves much more. Bike safety includes a wide variety of topics including hydration, bike maintenance, group riding, attire, cycling etiquette and much more.
The National MS Society strongly encourages you to review the compiled bike safety information resources in the box to the right. This information will help you prepare and practice safe cycling skills.
Ride safely and have fun because there’s nothing like crossing the finish line and celebrating with your team! Don’t just ride, Bike MS.
It’s more than a ride; it’s the anticipation and preparation for an incredible journey. Training is a journey in itself and is essential to a successful ride. Training will help you to prepare mentally and physically for Bike MS.
We are pleased to introduce you to TrainingPeaks, the official training software of the Bike MS! TrainingPeaks is an interactive, web-based training log and food diary designed to help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals. Subscription to the basic edition is FREE for Bike MS participants, and you have the opportunity to download custom-written cycling training plans, developed exclusively for us by renowned cycling expert Joe Friel, author of “The Cyclist’s Training Bible” and the new official coaching partner of the National MS Society.
We hope you’ll find TrainingPeaks to be a great benefit to you as you prepare for your Bike MS ride. Bike MS is unlike any other cycling series in the world. It’s a revolutionary ride that unites us all in our mission to end MS. And we’re here to support you from beginning to end!
Special Bike to the Bay Training and Group Ride Clinic:
The Toledo Area Bicyclists (TAB) in cooperation with the National MS Society will be conducting a Bike to the Bay Training and Group Ride Clinic.
The event will take place Saturday, May 10th, 9:00am – 11:00am at the Fort Meigs YMCA located at 13415 Eckel Junction Rd. in Perrysburg OH.
The event, conducted by experienced cyclists from TAB, will cover the following important topics to make your ride safe, fun and enjoyable:
- Training for your distance and goals leading up to the ride
- Nutrition and Hydration
- How to Dress
- What you should carry with you on your training rides and the big day
- Rules of the Road
- Group Ride Safety
- Pre Ride Bike Check
Following the clinic you will be taken on a short 10 – 15 mile ride to practice what you learned and receive some personal coaching.
Bike to the Bay Ride Week
The week following the clinic, Monday, May 12 – Thursday, May 15, participants of the Saturday clinic are invited to drop in and ride with TAB during any of our scheduled weekday evening rides. Experienced ride leaders will be available to take the new riders out on a practice ride at a conversational pace to build confidence and provide coaching opportunities. Please visit TAB’s website for a schedule of rides, important safety information and group riding tips and techniques.