New England Bike MS Events 2012

From the NMSS:

“The Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) is thrilled to be hosting our 2012 Bike MS in order to raise money to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

The Bike MS series provides a significant source of funding for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our organization is dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Our community events are the perfect forum for the activism we encourage. The fundraising our participants accomplish allows us to support research and educational programs that will lead to the discovery of a cure for MS. The Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports the 19,000 individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Below is our list of events with the dates, description and locations.

Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
The 2012 Bike MS season opens with Ride the Vineyard. Riders choose from 15, 30 and 60 mile scenic rides along the winding roads of Martha’s Vineyard. With the quaint charm and beautiful ocean views, there’s a route for everyone, regardless of your cycling experience.

Bike MS: Ride Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor, ME
Based in one of Maine’s great vacation spots, cyclists ride along Maine’s rocky coast, past stonewall-lined and tree-covered roads through the many villages that dot Bar Harbor’s rugged coast. This one-day ride, with routes from 15 miles to 60 miles, is an attractive adventure for a wide range of riders, including recreational and family riders, to the serious enthusiast.

June 23-24
Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway
Boston to Provincetown, MA
The Cape Cod Getaway is the largest MS ride in New England. Beginning on the morning of Saturday June 23, you will join more than 2,000 riders pedaling from Boston, Massachusetts, through the coastal towns of Massachusetts’ South Shore to the beginning of Cape Cod. The end of day one is at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne where you are welcomed with music, great food and maybe even a beer or two. Early Sunday morning, you will cross the Bourne Bridge and ride through picturesque Cape Cod making your way to Provincetown.

Bike MS: Minuteman Ride
Concord, MA
Join us as we ride the beautiful roads of historic Concord and surrounding metro-west towns. Revolutionary-era homes and beautiful New England scenery are just some of the sights you’ll enjoy on this ride, close to Boston. Riders choose between two routes, 25 or 60 miles.

Aug 4-5
Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway
Standish, ME
Join us for Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway and cycle to celebrate Maine and support MS. The start, finish and overnight for the ride is at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME, on the shore of Lake Sebago. Cyclists ride by farms, over hills and by the sea. An annual tradition is our Maine Lobster Bake. Join us for the weekend or ride Saturday only. Either way you will have a memorable ride and share the experience with fellow cyclists riding and fundraising to create a work free of multiple sclerosis.

Aug 11-12
Bike MS: Green Mountain Getaway
Burlington, VT
Our Vermont ride combines the great support Bike MS rides are known for with some of the most beautiful, and undiscovered, cycling roads in New England. While the hills of the Green Mountain state present cycling enthusiasts with an appreciated challenge, the variety of distances offered provide a route for any cyclist. Each of the two days starts and ends at the University of Vermont in Burlington. On Saturday cycle 20, 40, 75 or 100 miles and on Sunday select 40, 75 or 100 miles. Both days offer amazing scenery, great support and Bike MS camaraderie.

Bike MS: NH Seacoast Escape
Stratham, NH
This August ride features the beauty of New Hampshire’s scenic, less-traveled roads, and quaint villages from the comfort and quiet of your bicycle. Route options include 25 or 60 mile rides. This event has a family atmosphere and features a post-ride barbecue.

Bike MS: Bike & Hike the Berkshires
Hancock, MA
Explore the beauty of the Berkshires in the fall with 25- and 50-mile bike routes, the 100 mile Mt. Greylock Challenge, or two hiking routes on Mt. Greylock. So, whether you wear hiking boots or cycling shoes, Bike and Hike the Berkshires has something for everyone.

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