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2017 MS 150 Ride - 9 September - It's Never too Early to Donate!

On Saturday 2015 Sept 10 or Sunday Sept 11 I will ride my bike at least 120k (75mi) out of New Bern, NC, as part of the annual MS150 fundraising ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. After raising more than $2,000 last year, I'd like to raise at least $2,500 for the cause this year (actually, $3,000 would really be nice).

You can make a donation online - even now - using your credit card by visiting my personal donations page at the Society.

2016 MS 150 Report - 10 September

Failure and success.

I am far short (74%) of my $2,800 goal.

So far, I've raised $2,075 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society thanks to generous contributions from family, friends, and colleagues - thank you all so much!!  

It's not too late to contribute.   Through September, you can still make a donation in my name using your credit card by visiting my personal donations page at the Society.

Now for the success ... sort of ... I rode in honor of Ginny Grisez again and completed the ride uneventfully on a very hot day.   I was disappointed not to finish in under 4 hours, but the heat during the final 42k (26mi) really knocked me out.   For the first 80k (49.7mi), I was with groups and averaging 32.2kph (20mph).   But I lost them for the last 42k (26mi) as heat pushing past 32C (90F), unrelenting sun on unshaded blacktop, and a mild but persistent headwind took their toll on me.

Final stats for my ride, which I completed on my reguar, geared bicycle were 122.89 (76.3mi) at 29.0kph (18.0mph) in 4:15.

Note: Because of potential conflict of interest, I cannot knowingly accept support from any of my current students or advisees, or students who will be taking any of my classes in the future. (Past students are fair game!)

This is a personal effort, not sponsored, endorsed, or supported by NC State University.

Previous Rides

I rode for Ginny in 2015
In 2015 & 2016, I rode for Ginny Grisez, a friend's sister who has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for many years.

2015 starting line
This is just the front of the 2015 starting line - there were about 1,800 riders.

fyxation Eastside bicycle
The tool of choice again in 2015 - my fyxation Eastside fixed gear bicycle that I built up in 2013.

Hess riding
Here I am after at the 100k point during the 2013 ride.

Ride start photo 2008
At the ride start, 2008 - that's me under the yellow arrow, with my three riding mates in the same kit - Peter behind off my left shoulder, David in front to my left, and Trey front left of him.

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