Bike MS is This Weekend

Cyclists get ready for Bike MS at last year's event at Sheridan College. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Cyclists get ready for Bike MS at last year's event at Sheridan College. (Photo by Pat Blair)

About 300 cyclists are expected at Sheridan College this weekend for the 2017 Bike MS Big Horn Country Classic ride.

Molly Palmer, who's the development manager for the event, said the two-day adventure ride, set for Saturday and Sunday, will start and finish outside the college's Thorne-Rider Campus Center.

She said Saturday's ride will start with breakfast at 5 a.m.

She said the post-ride party will probably start about 2 p.m. Live entertainment will start around 4 p.m., and there'll be a dinner and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Palmer said on Sunday, the ride will again start at 7 a.m., but the route will go north, around the reservoir, with lunch at Dayton. Bike riders Sunday will have the option of going up to Sand Turn in the Big Horns, or just turning around in Dayton and returning to the college.

She said cyclists can do as much or as little as they want, depending on their comfort level.

The goal of the ride is to raise funds for use in the battle against multiple sclerosis. Palmer said Wyoming has one of the highest instances of MS in the nation. She said nationally, MS affects one in 750 people, but in Wyoming, the rate is one in 350. She said no one knows what causes MS or why the number is so much higher in Wyoming than in other states.

The disease affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, impacting mobility.

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Molly Palmer. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Molly Palmer. (Photo by Pat Blair)

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