MS150 Day one cancelled!!!!!

Old 04-18-09, 06:51 AM
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[QUOTE=H-Bear;8753836]Believe me, I'm just as disappointed. Bought a bike and trained for 4+ months because of this ride. However, we have to keep in mind that this is for the MS Society and their fundraising. Sure, they could have handled this better but under the circumstances and logistics, easier said than done. We have no idea of the political red tape it takes to get this thing organized and what's required to move it to another weekend. Unfortunately, we just have to accept their decision and it is what it is.

At the end of the day, they cancelled because of the La Grange fairgrounds. Some parts had 3+ feet of water and numerous tents were blown away. Here are some pictures my team captain sent last night:



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Originally Posted by H-Bear View Post
Believe me, I'm just as disappointed. Bought a bike and trained for 4+ months because of this ride.
The MS150 ride did that for me 2 years ago. I'd encourage you and anyone else in a similar position to keep up your cycling year round. I've been riding the past 2 years and now regularly do unsupported centuries. On this forum I am participating in the century a month challenge for 2009. Glad I already got my April century in, because besides today's planned century, I wouldn't have time to get a century in before month end.

According to weather.com radar, La Grange to Austin (day 2 route) is getting hammered with rain right now.
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I'd have preferred to just transfer my donations and fee to another MS ride rather than do half.
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Old 04-18-09, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by yeamac View Post
The MS150 ride did that for me 2 years ago. I'd encourage you and anyone else in a similar position to keep up your cycling year round. I've been riding the past 2 years and now regularly do unsupported centuries. On this forum I am participating in the century a month challenge for 2009. Glad I already got my April century in, because besides today's planned century, I wouldn't have time to get a century in before month end.

According to weather.com radar, La Grange to Austin (day 2 route) is getting hammered with rain right now.
While it wasn't my original intention, I've totally embraced cycling since registering for the MS150... I'm signed up for the Shiner Bash in two weeks and the Austin Livestrong Challenge in October. Guess you can say I found my "zen" and haven't looked back since.



As for the weather, it appears that the area will continue to get pounded until this afternoon. Afterwards, it's suppose to clear up and then sunny skies for Sunday.
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Old 04-18-09, 08:03 AM
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As a side note, I'm going to make the best of it and ride Day 2 from La Grange. Sure, traffic is going to be a nightmare and probably head out around 4:30 or 5.

To be perfectly honest, I feel bad for my supporters and those who traveled from out of state and in some cases, from other countries. A couple of our teammates came in from Mexico City and Great Britain... I cannot even imagine the frustration they're going through.

All things considered, rather than continuing a self pity party, look at the big picture and what we are riding for. Putting personal goals aside, our fundraising is going to a great cause. We've raised more than $12MM for MS... Think about that for a minute before complaining about losing one leg of a charity ride.
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Some charity riders only have one leg to begin with.

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Some charity riders only have one leg to begin with.
I remember riding behind that guy for a little bit and thought 'wow, I have no leg to stand on when it comes to crabbing about pain'
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Anyone else bored right now? My family left for Austin this morning as planned to visit family and will meet me at the finish tomorrow. I'm just waiting for logistics for tomorrow's ride so I can figure out how I'm going to get there.

Checking weather radar on the route and hearing the thunder here in Houston makes me glad I'm not riding right now.
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Yea I am pretty bored. Its a double whammy, no MS150 and stuck inside with an "energetic" toddler. I like the idea of transferring my rider membership and pledge to another MS ride.
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Completely bored, I was all psyched up to be riding in the rain, but it does look like there is unreasonable amounts of rain, and those pics of La Grange would have nowhere for us to go.

I will be driving up there in the morning to do the second half of the ride. Maybe my team will setup a bus but I am not betting on it so I will plan to take myself and brother up there.
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I wonder what would happen if we rode to Austin, then turned around and headed back to La Grange unsupported for 75 miles? I may look into what routes or effort that might would take, then you still get 150, just all in one day!
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There are a group of guys that ride the whole ms in one day. Setup hotels in Austin and party.

Edit: the way the update reads they are a "go" for Sunday, but it has the tone of possible cancellation of things do not look good by 6pm.
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In case you haven't seen it on the MS site, looks like they will have both the Lunch Express route AND the Bechtel Challenge Park Routes going for day 2.

http://www.ms150.org/ms150/2009BPima...ewstart_v2.pdf

I am going to do the ride and am planning on driving in tonight with a friend on the Exxon team who has a hotel room in the La Grange area and will meet with the Exxon team for the start Sunday morning.

Safe travels and riding to y'all who are still doing the ride.
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Saturday 5:10p - Confirmed: Day 2 of BP MS 150 Rolls from La Grange to Austin
Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 19

The 2009 BP MS 150 will roll from La Grange to Austin on Day 2. The annual fundraising ride begins with a rolling start for cyclists from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Fayette County Courthouse in the town square of La Grange.

It's on like Donkey Kong!

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BP MS 150 UPDATE

Confirmed: Day 2 of BP MS 150 Rolls from La Grange to Austin
Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 19

The 2009 BP MS 150 will roll from La Grange to Austin on Day 2. The annual fundraising ride begins with a rolling start for cyclists from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Fayette County Courthouse in the town square of La Grange.

* Houston-area riders are urged to carpool to La Grange. Tully Stadium will be open at 4:30 a.m. Sunday so participants can park and carpool together; it will remain open until 11 p.m. Sunday.

* Expect delays into La Grange with traffic and parking. Add extra time accordingly into your travel plans.

* Transportation will be available for cyclists and their bikes from Austin back to La Grange and Tully Stadium.

* Each rider is strongly encouraged to exercise his or her best judgment in assessing cycling skills and comfort level in riding Sunday. The safety of all participants -- including riders, volunteers, their supporters and all personnel -- is the priority this weekend; we will continue to act in the best and safest interests of everyone involved.

* Registered BP MS 150 participants who choose not to ride Sunday have the option of riding in two weeks in the Lone Star Chapter's second fundraising ride of 2009, the Bike MS: SAM'S CLUB from Frisco to downtown Fort Worth on May 2-3 (more details on this May 2-3 ride). For riders who choose this option, there will be no additional registration fee and their donations will still apply toward their BP MS 150 fundraising accounts. If you would like to take advantage of this ride option, please contact us.

The BP MS 150 Web site is your primary resource for links/maps to Day 2 Start Line information and other details. Visit the BP MS 150 Web site now.

While Texas weather -- like MS -- is unpredictable, the reason for this ride remains the same as it has for 25 years: to raise funds to support MS research and services for 20,000 Texans dealing with the daily challenges of MS. We sincerely thank and appreciate all our participants this weekend for their patience, understanding and dedication in moving forward to help Texas families living with multiple sclerosis.
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I'm still riding, as it most of my team. Apparently my company has 4wd school buses (which I didn't even know existed) that they use to shuttle land crews out to work sites, so they've brought a few to our offices to shuttle us to La Grange.

Even then, a few of my teammates rode today anyway (I didn't find out until this video was posted, or I would have gone with them!)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...95576447921334

I'm gonna turn in, so I can be up in time to catch the bus in the morning. I hope the rest of you guys manage to group up at tulley and make the trip.

Then again, less traffic in the park is a good thing.

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Dear Brightroom, your number plates are dumb.

Anyone got any pics of their rider numbers in place?
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So, here I am, all bummed out that I can't ride... when my team captain sends me a link to a video of members of our team called 'the goats' that rode to LaGrange in the rain

The Goats

Now I'm upset that I'm not one of the cool kids. My wife is happy that I wasn't riding in the rain, since on the way to drop off my bike at the company, I was almost T-boned by a van running a red at ramming speed right behind our building.
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I decided not to ride Day 2 also. As a previous poster said, it wasn't right to make my wife get up at o'dark thirty and fight traffic driving to La Grange then on to Austin to wait around for me. The 8AM start time would have pushed back arrival even later.
Oh well, I may try next year, but clearly I was a jinx since the first year I sign up they have to cancel part of it for the first time in 25 year.
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I decided not to ride Day 2 also. As a previous poster said, it wasn't right to make my wife get up at o'dark thirty and fight traffic driving to La Grange then on to Austin to wait around for me. The 8AM start time would have pushed back arrival even later.
Oh well, I may try next year, but clearly I was a jinx since the first year I sign up they have to cancel part of it for the first time in 25 year.

+1... As I was looking at the updated forecast about 3 am I was thinking I could still get my stuff loaded and make it to La Grange in time for the start. Then I thought about having to wake up my wife and her getting ready, her driving from La Grange to Austin and waiting around and then driving back home; I decided to let her sleep. I will try again next year also and I have the same jinx as this was my first year to sign up. Oh well, there is still the MS 150 Ride to the River in October.
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Originally Posted by Teeleton View Post
I'm still riding, as it most of my team. Apparently my company has 4wd school buses (which I didn't even know existed) that they use to shuttle land crews out to work sites, so they've brought a few to our offices to shuttle us to La Grange.
We have four of them, they are being converted into mobile intensive care units so we can manage patients that are to critical that can't be flown until after the hurricane is done. They will also be used to evacuate hospitals. They've bought trailers that are being built out as well. One will be a kitchen, another sleeping quarters with showers, a third will be a small shop to repair and store parts, and a fourth will be dispatch. This is in addition to the two RV's for command.

On another note, I'm kind of wondering why the MS Society didn't think to have buses shuttle people from Houston to La Grange to reduce the amount of traffic and make it easier on people. Get on a bus at 4:30, sleep up there, ride, and continue on with your plans. They have buses from Austin to La Grange.

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I was hoping that's what they were doing, which was reported on KHOU on Friday afternoon. I never heard anything else about it until I read on the MS site that there were buses for the Austin people.
Well, maybe the silver lining is that it'll cause the organizers to come up with a contingency plan just in case this happens again.
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What sucks for me was that I took a bus to houston. then it was cancelled 3 hours after I was there. Was trapped, no access to bike even though I wanted it. I had to pay for a second night of the hotel then ride half the ride. I raised $2k for the MS society, they should allow me to credit this fundraising to another ride.
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What sucks for me was that I took a bus to houston. then it was cancelled 3 hours after I was there. Was trapped, no access to bike even though I wanted it. I had to pay for a second night of the hotel then ride half the ride. I raised $2k for the MS society, they should allow me to credit this fundraising to another ride.
Sorry to hear about this bad experience. In case you didn't see it, they did publish that you can ride the Dallas MS150 for free and that your donations will count.
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