The MS Bike Tour, supported by RONA, is an annual 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 23 one- and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September.
This year the 17th annual MS Bike Tour, Thompson River Ride will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9 starting at the Riverside Park Bandshell in Kamloops. Young and old, fit and beginner cyclists ride for people with MS, who can’t always ride for themselves.
A new addition to the tour this year is a 100km Century Ride. The Century Ride will take advanced riders all way to the McLure Ferry terminal and back to Riverside Park. It’s 100km of easy, beautiful riding along the North Thompson River that will take riders past rural farms and incredible Thompson region scenery. Four other route options will be available (12, 28, 40 or 57 kilometers long) which makes the tour of interest for any level of cyclist.
The ride is supported with light snacks before the ride begins and at each distance there are rest stops with more snacks from local farms. The whole event wraps up with lunch. For those cyclists completing the shorter distances, and not the Century, there will be fun mini-adventure challenges. Every rider who completes a challenge will get his or her name into great draws for local prizes. This ride is guaranteed to be a September highlight.
The money raised at this event is used locally to assist people living with MS and their families through programs and events in and around the Kamloops area. As well, the MS Society of Canada strives to provide hope for tomorrow by working collectively with chapters across Canada to donate to research.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada.
For more information visit www.msbiketours.ca or call 250-314-0773.