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.
The minimum age to participate is 12 years old at the time of the ride
Equipment and accessories attached to a bicycle for transporting children and/or pets are NOT allowed. This includes, but is not limited to bicycle trailers, Tag-Along or Trail-a-Bike products and child carrier seats
All riders must submit a signed waiver form at a Packet Pickup to recei ve a rider packet. Riders between the ages of 12-18 must have the waiver form notarized
A parent or adult guardian must accompany eligible riders between the ages of 12-18 at all times
All riders must obe all state and local traffic laws and all law enforcement personnell, ride officials and volunteers
Every rider must wear a bicycle helmet that complies with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Safety Standard
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!