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Old 11-02-06, 01:29 PM   #1
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Houston to Austin MS150...

If you plan on riding it for 07, you better hurry up and register. The openings are filling up fast, already they are at 9,342 to the 13,000 cap off.
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Old 11-04-06, 09:10 PM   #2
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Thanks for pointing that out. Some friends registered a couple weeks ago and sent me an e-mail saying that I should take care of it. I took care of it...10,598 now.
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General registration is expected to close by this Friday, with the total available slots of 13,000 riders all filled. Tell your friends to get moving if they're planning to ride. Not bad for a ride that doesn't happen until late April 2007. See y'all in LaGrange ....

www.ms150.org/ms150/

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"General registration set a new record by closing in less than two months." WOW.
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This will our 1st MS150 ride and I cannot believe all the rooms and B&B are booked. I thought I was ahead of the game. Any recomendations on lodging? Is the camping area a good experience or should we find something out of town? Any information you can give will help us out.

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This will our 1st MS150 ride and I cannot believe all the rooms and B&B are booked. I thought I was ahead of the game. Any recomendations on lodging? Is the camping area a good experience or should we find something out of town? Any information you can give will help us out.

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This year's was my first time. The team I rode with shuttled us all the way to Brenham for Saturday night. Have you looked in Giddings yet?
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I wanted to do the DFW MS150 this year - starts the day of my graduation ceremony.

Thought I'd look at the Houston-Austin MS150 - the week before final exams of my final semester of Master's.

I may end up doing the SanAntonio to Corpus one in Oct of next year.
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Old 11-16-06, 05:42 AM   #8
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This guy rents out space at his ranch... you'll have to ship your own tents there in advance to have shelter to sleep under.

Damon NOLAN's Bluff Creek Ranch
537 Owl Creek Road
Box 110
Warda, Texas, 78960
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I didn't bother registering for MS150. I'm going up self-supported a day early, then going to help at my team's finish line tent.
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Old 11-26-06, 09:33 PM   #9
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I really wanted to do it this year... I did not realize they capped it until it was too late....

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Old 11-28-06, 03:16 PM   #10
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I really wanted to do it this year... I did not realize they capped it until it was too late....

This is going to be my first MS150. I signed up when it was near 12K riders.

From my understanding, last year they allowed 500 more registrations after registrations had closed (meaning they took 13,500 riders). So unless someone has more info, I would say keep checking the MS150 site and see if they open it back up. Maybe soon, maybe after the first of the year, I dunno. If I was in your shoes, I'd make the ms150 site my homepage to open every time my browser opened.

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Well, I am working my magic to try and get a spot in this years BP MS150 and I hope to see all of you out there.

Are there any veterans of the ride posting here? How is the weather, road conditions, traffic, food, support, and lodging?

At this time I believe that I will be bringing a tent for Saturday night, but I have no idea about Friday yet, and Sunday I will be flying home...
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Old 12-07-06, 10:16 PM   #12
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2007 will be my 6th MS150, it's an awesome ride that is one of the best organized and supported that you will ever come across. There is mechanical support at every rest stop ( +/- every 10 or so miles). The local communities along the way all get involved and usually volunteer at the rest stops. The weather is unpredictable, as is usually the case in Tx, but the good news is the prevailing wind is usually at your back. The tour has a huge tent for overnight accomodations in LaGrange, but there is plenty of room to pitch a tent if you prefer. Try to get on with one of the corporate teams, I know there are several that were looking for riders.

Go to www.ms150.org and pick the Houston to Austin ride for more info you can handle. Also get on their email list for all the up to the minute details.

Let me know if I can help.

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This will be my fifth Houston-Austin MS150. Weather has been pretty good each year that I've done it, though I've heard a few horror stories from past years. Bike traffic gets a little hairy around the rest stops, and I'm told the start at Tully can be pretty awful. (I'm on a team that starts at the Conoco facility north of I-10, so I've never actually started from Tully.)

Motor traffic around the fairgrounds outside LaGrange gets pretty bad, so I personally suggest you just stay at the fairgrounds. It's a fun communal experience, anyway, particularly if you're on a team that has a corporate tent.
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Bike traffic gets a little hairy around the rest stops, and I'm told the start at Tully can be pretty awful.
I can imagine it would be, with that many riders. I rode in the Moonlight Madness this year downtown Houston in OCT, my first organized ride in quite a few years. I think around 2,000 riders started there. I was somewhere in the middle. When we finally got going, then almost every intersection the first half mile or so we hit a red light. So it was like a mass start all over again, and again, and again...

When you start with the Conoco team, are you ahead of the pack at Tully? I am starting with ExxonMobil, which I think is across the street from Conoco.

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Old 12-19-06, 03:39 PM   #15
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I can imagine it would be, with that many riders. I rode in the Moonlight Madness this year downtown Houston in OCT, my first organized ride in quite a few years. I think around 2,000 riders started there. I was somewhere in the middle. When we finally got going, then almost every intersection the first half mile or so we hit a red light. So it was like a mass start all over again, and again, and again...

When you start with the Conoco team, are you ahead of the pack at Tully? I am starting with ExxonMobil, which I think is across the street from Conoco.
When people find out she did the Moonlight Ramble this year, the through downtown part is her only gripe.

The rest stops on the MS150 are not as bad as getting through downtown on the Moonlight Ramble. People that pass up the rest stops tend to keep left, to allow for those exiting and entering. Only thing that reminded me of the Ramble was when everyone came to a stop due to an accident.
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I can imagine it would be, with that many riders. I rode in the Moonlight Madness this year downtown Houston in OCT, my first organized ride in quite a few years. I think around 2,000 riders started there. I was somewhere in the middle. When we finally got going, then almost every intersection the first half mile or so we hit a red light. So it was like a mass start all over again, and again, and again...

When you start with the Conoco team, are you ahead of the pack at Tully? I am starting with ExxonMobil, which I think is across the street from Conoco.
We're usually on the road about five minutes or so before the official start time which gets you out and running before the great mass of folks from Tully. Generally, the folks starting first from Tully are the ones riding with the big teams, which means they've done at least some organized riding. They're not total noobs, so it isn't that bad.

I'd imagine your ExxonMobil folks will do something similar to what my team does and launch a few minutes early.
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I'll be riding with ConocoPhillips, first time MS150 rider though I worked as a team volunteer last year for the CoP team in Houston, LaGrange and Austin. Who wants to try to hook up in LaGrange and meet our BF brothers (and sisters)?

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This will be my second MS150 Houston to Austin. The first time I did not get to finish do to a twisted ankle but this time will be diffrent I will make it to the END.
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Just had an idea. Little late for this year though. For those that don't already ride on teams, what interest would there be in a Bikeforums team for next year?
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My magic worked!
I am going to be a VIP participant for the BPMS150!!!

I will warn everyone that I will be riding rather slow during the tour because I have a ball busting ride the weekend before this one...

I know that the hotels are sold out, so I am planning on camping Saturday. (Where, I don't know...)

Is there a spot that everyone wants to agree on so that we can meet up Saturday night?
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I'll be turning out for the 07 MS150.. it will be my 4th time in 6 years... I wish there was a way for us BF people to recognize each other on the ride..
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I'll be turning out for the 07 MS150.. it will be my 4th time in 6 years... I wish there was a way for us BF people to recognize each other on the ride..
I was planning on wearing the TX bike forum jersey. My original tie die bikeforum jersey is too small for me now.

If anybody wants to meet in La Grange, we need to plan this. Would picking a place and time be too much?

Edit: Who was planning on staying in Austin Sunday night?
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im probably staying with a friend in austin on sunday
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I was planning on wearing the TX bike forum jersey. My original tie die bikeforum jersey is too small for me now.
I'll be one of the guys in the Ride Marshal jerseys. I'm probably gonna spend half the day directing traffic or changing flats for newbies.
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