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Old 04-18-05, 08:23 AM   #1
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Any BP MS150 ride reports?

Any one have any accident reports from the BP MS150. I don't remember any years with so many accidents. I saw at least 5 people on back boards getting ready to go in the ambulance. I heard of one in the park that happened about 5 minutes after we passed where someones frame broke in two and he was laying face down on the ground. They limited it to 12 or 13000 riders this year but it appears they may have tocut down on that.
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Old 04-18-05, 09:41 AM   #2
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i was looking for some numbers too out of curiosity but i think that for PR purposes, they won't release any official numbers.
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Old 04-18-05, 05:34 PM   #3
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I was off at 6 a.m. last sat. and saw a lot of cars, vans and s.u.v.s heading towards Tully. Some of them seemed a little lost or maybe trying to avoid traffic getting off at Kirkwood instead of Dairy-Ashford. I guess some didn't have their heads screwed on straight either. Some instances of no respect for a poor working schmoe just trying to get home after work.

Yeah, I'm talking about you Mr. S.u.v. with two bikes on the back rack and turning left in front of the security guard on a well lit black road bike at Kirkwood and Old Katy.
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Does anyone else find humor in the fact that this race is sponsered by countless trucking and moving companies, an automotive manufacturer, and even an oil company?
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Old 04-19-05, 12:59 PM   #5
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First, it is not a race, it is a benefit ride to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

The ride generates more than $10,000,000 for the MS Society. It is the largest of the MS ride series. These corporations are not sponsoring a "Bike Race", but are supporting a benefit event, that happens to be a bike ride. This ride is a truly noble cause. Any and all corporate support is welcomed.

As far as the crashes go, there were a lot. Last year they has 15,000 riders and there were a lot of crashes. This year they limited the number of riders to 13,000. There were still a lot of crashes. It doesn't appear that reducing the number of riders helped. You have tremendous differences in skill and speed. Everyone from Fabio on his Uberbike to little Timmy on a trail-a-bike. This year they had more new riders than ever before. Maybe it's unavoidable, you put that many riders on the same road, there are going to be crashes.

PS: I heard that there was a death. A rider had a heart attack on the first day, just outside of La Grange.
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Heard about the heart attack from one of the individual's team members but at the time of our conversation she was not sure about his status. I'm still wondering what happened to the guy that was taken by life flight. i saw that accident and have been wanting to know about him since. It was a horrible thing to see. I found only the initial report in the houston chronicle about the accident but no follow up.
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From everything the MS Society told me...there were not 15k riders last year, there were 10k+.

The limit actually upped the number of riders.

Due to the crowds, I am not doing this one again...I think I will head to the Red River challenge with a meager 2k riders. <G> Still supports the cause and gets rid of some of the congestion.

Had a great ride this time. Went to LaGrange Friday to drop a support vehicle for my "gang" then rode home to Houston solo. (cross headwind all the way.. )

Rode Saturday for the 101 miles, then drove people to / from hotels and then took the vehicle to Austin / drove them home.

Great weekend with friends, the ride does have great excitement, but is just too crowded. The rest stops were poorly stocked this year. They lacked many of the normal goodies one would expect...especially given the $$ they raise. Yes, the ride is for the cause, but they also need to support the riders.

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This was forwarded from our club.



Message from the Lone Star Chapter President

It has come to our attention that a number of rumors are circulating after this weekend’s BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The nature of this misinformation is such that I want to personally address it.

First, there were no fatalities during the 2005 BP MS 150 Bike Tour.

The facts are these:

This year, 12,100 cyclists were on the route from Houston to Austin. Of that number, there were 39 medical transports. By comparison, in 2004, there were 11,500 cyclists and 34 medical transports. Of this weekend’s 39 transports, only one person remains in the hospital for conditions unrelated to the Bike Tour.

When it comes to the welfare of a participant or volunteer, the Lone Star Chapter will always err on the side of caution. Each incident is taken with the utmost seriousness. The Lone Star Chapter has and always will continue to take the highest precautionary measures when dealing with any emergency situations.

While the sight of a medical helicopter or ambulance can be dramatic, they are necessary measures that the chapter has implemented for the immediate treatment of everyone along the event route.

The safety of all BP MS 150 participants is a primary concern of the Lone Star Chapter. The chapter does everything that it can to ensure that riders are safe on the Texas roads, including taking the step this year to limit the number of participants. This weekend, hundreds of medical professionals – including doctors, nurses, paramedics and other trained personnel – assisted with the treatment and care of our riders along every leg of the route. In addition, a well-coordinated and extensively-planned network of Texas law enforcement officers, motorcycle escorts, Ride Marshals, chapter staff, HAM radio operators and other support personnel ensured that all incidents were handled quickly, efficiently and effectively.

The Lone Star Chapter also worked closely with the Safety Task Force Committee, comprised of Team Captains and cycling personnel, on safety training for participants. Safety clinics were held for teams and individuals to review safe riding techniques in the months and weeks leading up to the Tour. In addition, safety information was published on the BP MS 150 Web site, in the 2005 Tour Guide and regularly in the Tour e-newsletters.

Everyone at the Lone Star Chapter is committed to your safety on the Bike Tour, just as you are committed to our mission to fight multiple sclerosis. We greatly appreciate your continued support and trust you will help us as we take this extraordinary measure of addressing and stopping this unfounded wave of misinformation.

Sincerely,

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Just what I thought...the "rider cap" this year was a brilliant ploy to get more people to register!
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This was my first and I had a lot of fun. Yeah, I didn't like the immense crowds so if I do it again I'm not starting at either of the main starts and I'm staying in a hotel or something. I think I stood around waiting to start and waited in line for some gatorade and lunches more than I actually rode!

I think accidents are unavoidable. There are all levels of riders, all speeds, and a ton of people all in one place at the same time.
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This was my first and I had a lot of fun. Yeah, I didn't like the immense crowds so if I do it again I'm not starting at either of the main starts and I'm staying in a hotel or something.
I did a 40-miler that morning out in the Waller/Hockley area. I happened to meet about 10 riders at a gas station, so I talked with them for a few minutes. They were riding from the Woodlands and were to meet up with the BP group somewhere just up the road. They said they were involved in the "mass start" one year, and have stuck to their present route ever since. I signed up too late this year, but I think that's the route I'll go with next year too.
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I was working on a BP MS150 ambulance crew this year.

It was a really tough weekend. Three Life Flights transports. No one died, though.

I have decided that BP MS150 is an unsafe ride for myself and my family. Not sure I want to volunteer for it either next year. Too traumatic, psychologically.

I'm not a emergency medical professional, I don't have the nerves for it, I guess.
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Come do a shift with me in the ER and you'll come to realize living in Houston is unsafe ;D
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I'm sure I'd want to move to the North Pole after spending a night at Ben Taub !!!


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I did a 40-miler that morning out in the Waller/Hockley area. I happened to meet about 10 riders at a gas station, so I talked with them for a few minutes. They were riding from the Woodlands and were to meet up with the BP group somewhere just up the road. They said they were involved in the "mass start" one year, and have stuck to their present route ever since. I signed up too late this year, but I think that's the route I'll go with next year too.
Thats what we did this year. We left from my house in Cypress and met up with the crowd just before the third rest stop. It was definately the least stressful 25 miles of the ride. If we ride it next year I am sure we will do the same.
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I think the thing to do is have REALLY GOOD FRONT & REAR LIGHTS on your bike, reflective stuff, etc., and be on the road at 5 am

Luckily, I live in Cypress about a mile from the route, too.
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I think the thing to do is have REALLY GOOD FRONT & REAR LIGHTS on your bike, reflective stuff, etc., and be on the road at 5 am.
My only thought on that - If you have to go to that extreme to make it fun and safe...why not do an unsupported century somewhere else / another weekend....and just write a check to the MS society to support the cause. (I think that is what I am doing next year.)
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Very good point... well, it's fun to party with your team members at La Grange, right? Some people have big corporate tents, food, etc.


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My only thought on that - If you have to go to that extreme to make it fun and safe...why not do an unsupported century somewhere else / another weekend....and just write a check to the MS society to support the cause. (I think that is what I am doing next year.)
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FYI I have pictures up that I took while doing the MS-150 at my site if anyone's interested.

http://ramansinha.com/coppermine/thu...s.php?album=55
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