As the morning of April 12 inches ever closer, Bayou City cyclists who've ridden the BP MS150 before start to feel a familiar ache in their thighs: they're remembering those things called "hills." Consequently, those in the know begin to seek out "challenging hills" in their weekend rides for preparation. That may be why the tagline for the 2014 edition of The Plane Great Ride is… wait for it…. "Got Hills?"
Well, if you don't, they do: riders who sign up for this year's event, starting at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, get to pick from course of 25, 47 and 67 miles that feature beautiful scenery and challenging hills. That's better than beautiful hills and challenging scenery, if you know what I mean. Anyway, the start line for this BP MS150 Recommended Training Ride is at the Montgomery High School Sports Complex just west of Montgomery on TX 105. That puts it about 56 miles north and west of downtown Houston or 17 miles west of Conroe.
Proceeds of The Plane Great Ride benefit charities supported by United's Cycling Team, including We Care.
Registration is $30 per person until February 23, after which the fees rise to $35. incl. On-line registration is available at Active.com until 11:59 p.m. on the 28th, or you can download a copy of the registration form and flyer on the ride website and and mail it in. All pre-registered riders are guaranteed a t-shirt. Additional details including packet pickup locations can be found on the sponsor site.
Details to remember: The Plane Great Ride is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. As with all MS150 recommended rides, safety rules will be enforced: helmets are required, headphones and earbuds are prohibited. SAG and medical support will be provided as well as staffed rest stops and course marshals. No refunds, event takes place rain or shine. Riders on the 67-mile course who don't make it to the 19-mile mark by 10:30 a.m. will be diverted to the 47-mile course.
Getting there: The starting point is at the sports complex, 22485 State Highway 105, Montgomery. Go north on I-45 and west on 105 from Conroe, by way of Loop 336. Complete directions can be found on the website. .