This weekend we had the pleasure of volunteering with the MS Society for their 2011 MS Bike Tour in Niagara Falls. We drove one of the support vehicles and assisted riders who fatigued or had mechanical issues. Being a cyclist who spent a few my years working at a bike shop my repair skills came in handy.
The weather looked threatening at times but for the most part the race and riders remained dry!
Overall it was a very inspirational day to see riders and volunteers who have participated in this and other rides for several years for this worthwhile cause. It was extremely well organized and very well supported. I hope to participate in some capacity next year.
Here is some more information about the ride and a couple links to the MS web site for more details or to donate.
The RONA MS Bike Tour is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country. Over 10,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 21 one- and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September.
The Bike Tour began in 1989 and is now one of our most important events. In 2010, it raised over $9 million, the proceeds of which have gone to fund research in the search for a cure and vital services for people currently living with MS.
Whether you’re a dedicated cyclist or looking for a personal challenge of another nature, pedalling in the RONA MS Bike Tours means you will be a part of an extraordinary group of Canadians who are getting outside to raise money in the fight against MS. All you need is a bike and the passion to help find a cure for MS.