CA – London MS Society Bike Ride

On July 23, 2016, as riders began another bike ride from Grand Bend to London, ON the Rapid Relief Team assisted the MS Team in London with setting up the finish line for later that day. The keen RRT volunteers started by assembling tents, tables, cutting fruit, preparing sandwich wraps, filling coolers of water & drinks, and many other tasks.  When the riders crossed the finish line, the RRT Volunteers were stationed to be the first to meet each rider with cold water bottles and refreshments.

 

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario setting up the food tables

The RRT team setting up the food tables

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario Helping set up the MS tent area

Helping set up the MS tent area

Since 1989, cyclists have come together to support The MS Bike Ride Event which has quickly grown to be the largest cycling series in North America. This unique event series provides Canadians with the opportunity to choose from a variety of spectacular routes such as a ride along urban streets and serene bike trails, a glide across flat and tranquil countryside, pedal through valleys and mountains or a path through beautiful wine country on a rural terrain. Regardless of the course you take, you’re guaranteed to have a great experience!

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario Providing water for the cyclists

Providing water for the cyclists

The event started early on Saturday Morning with participates checking in at the registration desk and gathering for the opening ceremony. Participants then start their journey to London and the event is officially under way.  The riders were frequently reminded that this was not a race and are encouraged not to rush through, but instead to enjoy all the checkpoints and enjoy the opportunity to talk to people. Lunch was provided for the riders at the Ilderton Arena which is an ice rink in Ilderton Ontario. Once arriving in London, the bikers enjoyed a fun evening dinner, awards, inspiring ceremonies and a restful sleep at the Western University. The following day they finished their ride at the Motorplex with a massage and BBQ.

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario A busy RRT Tent

A busy RRT Tent

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario One individual with MS, sat in the finish lane giving high fives and saying thank you to the cyclists

One individual with MS sat in the finish lane giving high fives and saying thank you to the cyclists

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease which attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. If there is only slight damage to the myelin, the nerves suffer only minor interruptions, however if there is heavy damage to the myelin where scar tissue actually replaces the myelin, then nerve impulses can be completely disrupted. “MS can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes.”

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario RRT volunteers waiting for the riders to come across

RRT volunteers waiting for the riders to come across

The MS Society of Canada has made it their mission to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enhancing the quality of life for those affected by MS. The MS Society not only funds The Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation to find the cause and cure for the disease, but they also provide services to the victims such as experienced healthcare professionals, financial assistance, social & emotional support and much more.

A participant with Downs Syndrome completes his 9th MS bike ride – Congratulations! 

A participant with Downs Syndrome completes his 9th MS bike ride – Congratulations!

The MS Bike Ride Event was a huge success this year, with more than 1,500 cyclists supporting in either the one or two day rides. With such a high level of support and passion the event raised over $1.3 million in donations for the fight against the MS Disease.

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario Part of the RRT volunteer team!

Part of the RRT volunteer team

As the MS Bike Day 1 ended, the RRT volunteers helped with the cleanup including the gate dismantling, tents packed up, food disposal etc.

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario RRT at the finish line cheering on the last few cyclists.

RRT at the finish line cheering on the final cyclists.

Many cyclists and other volunteers came by the RRT tent and expressed great appreciation for all the hard work and efforts of the RRT volunteers. One cyclist said “I got to the 2nd stop (last stop) and thought I wasn’t going to finish, but then I thought about the RRT team and knew I couldn’t miss the team”, “Thanks so much for coming out again”.

London MS Ride Ontario 20160723 RRT Ontario Packing up at the end of the day

Packing up at the end of the day

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