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Rookie Riders

Cyclists participating in a Bike MS ride for the first time

Whether you’re a veteran cyclist or brand new to the sport, if you’re new to Bike MS, we want to ensure your first experience is the best it can be.

Check out the resources below to help you connect with fellow cyclists, learn more about Bike MS, and help you prepare for a great ride.

If you have any questions or needs, contact for more information:

Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride- Mandy Wellons
Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood- Derrick Huff
Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach- Elizabeth Hopwood

Why we ride

Learn about multiple sclerosis so you understand the importance of why we ride.

General tips for rookie riders

Here’s what you need to know to have fun and stay safe on your first Bike MS ride.


Don’t let the fundraising requirement intimidate you — the average cyclist raises more than $700. It’s not hard to get there, and we’re here to help you along the way. Once you start telling people why you are riding and where their money goes, you will be surprised at how generous they can be. Set a goal and let our fundraising resources help you get there. Remember to update your goal as you reach it. Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about your plans to ride and why this fundraising event is so important.

Join a team

Being part of a team for Bike MS is a great way to stick to a training schedule while building camaraderie with people who share your interest in cycling and a desire to create a world free of MS. Plus, it makes the weekend of the ride even more fun! Contact Bike MS staff to start your own team.


Click here for tips on stretching, exercise, nutrition, hydration and more. As a Bike MS cyclist, you’ll also receive a free subscription to TrainingPeaks, the official coaching software of Bike MS. Click here to set up your account.

The day of the ride


Our staff is here to answer any questions you may have.
Feel free to contact us:

Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride
Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood
Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach


  • Properly fitted safety approved helmet. It’s the law! (required)
  • Water bottles
  • Identification and emergency numbers
  • Cell phone
    (no talking while riding)
  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Cash/Credit Card
  • Cycling gloves

Please leave at home:

  • Fluffy and Fido
    (no pets on the route)
  • Your MP3 player and any other headphones
  • Your children under age 12

Thank you to our premier national sponsors

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Live Events

Please check back as events are added regularly!