Bike MS Gets Under Way

The first cyclists come through the gate at Sheridan College as the Bike MS ride starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The first cyclists come through the gate at Sheridan College as the Bike MS ride starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The day was beautiful and energy high, according to Molly Palmer, as the two-day Bike MS Big Horn Country Classic ride started at Sheridan College.

The ride kicked off at 7 a.m. Saturday on a southern route that took cyclists 80 miles through Ucross and to Buffalo, where they stopped for lunch before heading back to Sheridan.

The event continues at 7 a.m. Sunday with cyclists heading north to Dayton, where they'll stop for lunch. Palmer, who's the development manager for the event, said cyclists have the option Sunday of continuing on to Sand Turn in the Big Horn Mountains or of turning around at Dayton and heading back to Sheridan.

Palmer said about 300 cyclists signed up for this year's event, with a goal of raising $250,000 for the ongoing battle against multiple sclerosis.

Carrie Nolan, who's president of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National MS Society, said this is the second year for the ride in Sheridan, and the event is growing.

She said the MS organization is thrilled to be in Sheridan and thrilled with the community support they've received with volunteers, sponsors and donations.

Palmer said Wyoming has one of the highest incidences of MS in the nation, and no one knows why.

Saturday's ride ended at 5 p.m. and was followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday's ride is expected to end around 4 p.m.

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The scene a few seconds after the bike ride starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The scene a few seconds after the bike ride starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The last cyclists head for the starting gate. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The last cyclists head for the starting gate. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Cyclists waiting for the ride to start Saturday morning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Cyclists waiting for the ride to start Saturday morning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The area around the Thorne Rider Campus Center after the last riders have left the area. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The area around the Thorne Rider Campus Center after the last riders have left the area. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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