Getting psyched up (and toughened up) for the 2014 BP MS150? Well, it’s time to start building up those butt calluses with some long rides. Here’s a list of upcoming rides that will help you, as well as give you experience riding in a group. That’s not to mention making new two-wheel friends, getting plenty of fresh air and seeing some parts of southeastern Texas maybe you’ve never seen before.
Many of those below are BP MS150 Recommended Training Rides (RTRs) to help you get in sync with fellow sufferers, err, riders come April 12, 2014. Registration and fee information is available from the linked pages.
Saturday, November 2, 2013: Wallis Independence Ride, start in Wallis, TX (About 60 miles west of downtown Houston between Sealy and Rosenberg). Rides of 12, 23, 42 and 65 miles. Benefits disabled veterans.
Sunday, November 3, 2013: Tour de Donut, start at Katy Mills Mall (30 miles west of downtown Houston via I-10). Rides of 28 and 57 miles; plentiful donuts on the shorter route.
Saturday, November 9, 2013: Coldspring Forest Venture, Coldspring, TX (on the south shore of Lake Livingston about 64 miles north of Houston via the Eastex Freeway, US 59/I-69, and FM 2025 or TX 150). Two 20-mile loops; benefits the business and science clubs of Coldspring High School. [This is the first year for the ride. It’s not a BP MS150 Recommended Training Ride]
Sunday, November 10, 2013: Bike for Little Heroes, start at Zube Park (about 36 miles from downtown via the Northwest Freeway, US 290). Rides of about 20, 36, 54 and 73 miles. Benefits Red White and Bike, a program that provides bicycles to the children of fallen servicemen and women.
Saturday, November 16, 2013: Weimaride, starts in Weimar, Texas (88 miles west of Houston via I-10, the Katy Freeway). Rides of 13.5, 34, 47, 63, and 100 miles. Sponsored by the Weimar Lions club. Pronounced WEE-mer…
Saturday, November 16, 2013: Spirit Ride, starts in Livingston, TX (75 miles northeast along the Eastex Freeway, US 59/I-69). Routes of 23, 33 and 42 miles plus a metric century (62 miles). Benefits “child-based organizations” of Polk County. [This is the first year for the ride. It’s not a BP MS150 Recommended Training Ride]
Sunday, November 24, 2013: Bike the Bend for Literacy, starts in Richmond, TX (about 35 miles west via the Southwest Freeway, US 59/I-69). Rides of 20, 35 and 63 miles. Benefits literacy programs for the Fort Bend County schools.
Saturday, December 14, 2013: Bikes 4 Kids, starts near Hockley, TX (about 40 miles northwest of downtown Houston via US 290, the Northwest Freeway). Routes of 5, 25 and 50 miles. Benefits… well, they don’t say. [Not a BP MS150 RTR]
Sunday, January 12, 2014: Frost Bike 50. Starts at Lone Star College CyFair, West Road and Barker-Cypress (northwest Houston). Distances of 17, 45 and 55 miles. Benefits the Jersey Village Gold Duster drill team.
Saturday, January 18, 2014: Texas Independence Bicycle Tour, starts in Deer Park, Texas (20 miles southeast of downtown Houston on the Pasadena Freeway, TX 225). The 2013 ride had distances of 30, 48 and 62 miles.
Saturday, January 25, 2014: Bike Through the Forest, starts in Coldspring, TX (on the south shore of Lake Livingston about 64 miles north of Houston via the Eastex Freeway, US 59/I-69, and FM 2025 or TX 150). Distances of 12, 25, 33 and 46 miles; benefits the Kingwood Fillies Dance Team.
Note that all BP MS150 RTRs are fully supported with course marshals (some of whom are at times pretty zealous…), SAG support, rest stops, and – in theory – well-marked routes. Likewise, all participants in RTRs must wear ANSI or Snell-approved helmets. Headphones and radios are prohibited. Obey all course markings and marshals. Have fun out there!