BP MS150 - Finding A Team

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Old 10-09-07, 03:24 PM
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BP MS150 - Finding A Team

Howdy folks,

I recently signed up for the MS-150 for the first time - spots were filling up fast, so I paid the 75 dollar registration fee before thinking about how to find a team. So now I'm at that stage of the game. How does one go about finding a team?

I just started riding this past May, have found a few friends that I ride with on occasion, but haven't heard anything yet about teams for the MS150. What's the best way to find a team that's looking for members, and is it pretty easy to sign on? I appreciate any and all help.

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Old 10-09-07, 06:59 PM
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Hey chinotex,

Probably the easiest team to get on is Sun & Ski Sports, I'm sure their website has info, if not now certainly after the first of the year. They traditionally have one of the largest teams. Ask around with the people you ride with chances are they might be on a team or know of one. Once the ride gets closer, you can contact one of the people that works in the development office and they can usually put you in contact with teams that are taking riders. It is advantagous for teams to have as many riders as possible beacause the money you raise goes into their total. Get on the email list, almost every year they will list teams that are looking for riders. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-11-07, 09:35 AM
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chinotex, Will and I are in a similar situation. Let me finish up my ethics test and I'll email you (oh yeah, PM me your email address) the few teams we are looking at.

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Old 10-11-07, 11:07 AM
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If you haven't already signed up...tooo late! Ride is 100% full and entries are closed. WOW!
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Old 10-11-07, 01:52 PM
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That's just ridonkulous.
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Old 10-11-07, 06:59 PM
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I'm thinking of starting a team with a coworker, would anyone be interested in joining us? We are based in Austin.

The couple of teams I've seen you have to pay $75 to go on group rides...with no jersey. PM me if interested and PM me with other team info if there are any particulary good teams.
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Old 10-12-07, 09:50 AM
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Yeah, it was pretty amazing that they were able to fill up in just under 11 days.

Chinotex, I sent you an email, so check it out.
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Check out Team St. Davids. I was signed up to ride with them last year. No fee, pay for a jersey if you want to, several good benefits like access to a local gym, organized training and all the goodies during the ride to support transportation, a meal at the overnight, cots, massage, etc...

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So the Omni hotel is full, what other hotels have a shuttle to the stadium?
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Old 10-13-07, 02:36 PM
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I got a reservation here: SpringHill Suites Houston Katy Mills 2501 Texmati Dr.
Katy, TX 77494

It doesn't look far. The official hotel was already booked and I was able to use my hotel points for a free room.
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Old 10-13-07, 04:47 PM
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I live 4 miles from one starting location and 8 from the other.

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Old 10-13-07, 05:12 PM
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We should camp on your lawn :-)
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Old 10-14-07, 10:29 AM
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Wow. I'm really disappointed. I didn't even know registration was open...

This really sucks.
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Originally Posted by woodinville guy View Post
We should camp on your lawn :-)
Your like 6.5 miles from one of the starts, consider it a warm up.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...0675&z=13&om=1
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Originally Posted by m4bandit View Post
Wow. I'm really disappointed. I didn't even know registration was open...

This really sucks.
Sorry you didn't make it. One thing about being on a team is that if your team captain is doing his job, you probably received an email notification about the registration (I did from my capt).

Two years ago the Houston-Austin MS150 registration filled up in 3 months.
Last year it filled up in 6 weeks.
This year it filled up in 11 days.

That is pretty amazing. What do you think will happen next year? Fill up in 3 days?

I believe registration opens Oct. 1, so mark your 2008 calendar now.
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Originally Posted by dr. nate View Post
Your like 6.5 miles from one of the starts, consider it a warm up.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...0675&z=13&om=1
Google shows it only 1.1 miles from one of the starts. Is there a difference from the two start locations?

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Old 10-14-07, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by woodinville guy View Post
Google shows it only 1.1 miles from one of the starts. Is there a difference from the two start locations?

-Dave
Ahh that makes sense now, I think the distance is how a crow flys from some random location. 6.5 miles should be a good warm up with all of my crap on my back.

Does anyone know how the transportation works? I pre-paid the $25 from Austin to Houston. Where does that drop off? Can I leave a bag from transportation from houston to La Grange with a sleeping back et al at the stadium, and ride my bike from the drop off to the hotel?
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Old 10-14-07, 07:43 PM
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My bad; better link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...&t=h&z=16&om=1
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Yes, there is a difference in start locations. The Tulley start is about 100 miles for day one, and the Rhodes start is about 80. The extra distance though is mostly flat, where the Rhodes route has a bit of undulation (though nothing overly stressful). There's a profile map on the site. It's from 2007, but the route doesn't change drastically from year to year.

http://www.ms150.org/ms150/maps/index.cfm

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Old 10-16-07, 10:10 PM
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So which is the main starting place? Tully stadium?
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Tully is the main start, yeah, but a lot of teams don't start there. Many have offsite starting locations primarily because Tully can be such a total cluster****, as crowded as it gets. For finding a team, it might also be worth contacting the MS Society. Given the cap on riders, if you're registered, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a team willing to take you.
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I ended up joining Team St. David's. Thanks for the reference.
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