Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bike MS Official Bike Stores offer tune ups and advice before the ride

The Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride is just weeks away. As you prepare for the ride, our official bike stores can make sure your bike is tuned up and ready to go.

Additionally, official bike stores are available to help you in several ways:
  • As of August 1, there is an official bike inspection which guarantees free labor on the ride.

  • Recommendations and literature on training to make sure you have the right bike.

  • Each of the Bike MS Official Bike Stores host regular training rides from their store locations. Easy, moderate, and fast paced rides are available.

Thank you for riding in year's Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride. We look forward to seeing you and your bike at Callaway Gardens!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The ride is only a month away! How's your training coming?

Of course you all know that the ride is only a month away and we're sure you've been training hard. Here are a few tips to help you out in your last push before the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride on Sept. 13th and 14th at Callaway Gardens.

1. Eat, Drink and Ride
On all rides, you should drink 4-8 ounces of water or carbohydrate drink every 15-30 minutes. Drink more if it’s hot, humid or you are really riding hard. On rides more than two hours in duration, carbohydrate replacement drinks empty more slowly from the stomach, so the total fluid amount should be reduced to 2-4 ounces every 15-30 minutes.

2. Check in with one of the Official Bike Stores
The best source for bicycling information is one of the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride's Official Bike
. Your Official Bike Store is also the best source for your mechanical questions.

3. Keep track of your mileage
Another key aspect of training is assessing your improvement. Keeping track of start and stop times will help you judge overall speed.

4. Sometimes double-up on miles
After working up to a moderate day, attempt an endurance day by doubling the mileage once a week. The purpose is to gain confidence and improve cardiovascular fitness.

5. Ride hills
After warming up with a moderate day ride, find a hill that you can climb without totally exhausting yourself. The power and stamina developed with hill work will assist you in taking the larger hills along the route.

6. Work on speed intervals
Interval training works the same way. Start with one sprint on each ride and then add more, longer sprints each time that you ride. Interval training will improve overall speed, endurance and your ability to recover.

7. Check out the event website for more information
The Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride website has all the info you need; map routes for day one and day two , rider services, calendar of events and more.

Let us know how it's going. Comment on your training and any tips you have.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bike MS Jr. opens this year's ride to cyclists of all ages

This year's Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride is offering an opportunity for the whole family to get involved...

The Bike MS Jr. Ride is a brand new and exciting program open to all cyclists from ages 5 to 11. This one-day ride, held in conjunction with the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride, offers a specialized ride and fundraising experience for our youngest participants. The junior cyclists will enjoy secure routes throughout Callaway Gardens with frequent break points at various attractions throughout the park.

This is sure to be an experience the whole family can enjoy and be proud of!

Get started! Sign-up your junior cyclist today at, the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride.

Bike MS Jr. Promotes
  • Lifelong fitness and health
  • Community responsibility through fundraising for a good cause
  • Basic cycling skills to enhance ability, safety & confidence
  • Teamwork and respect
  • Cycling ettiqute for responsible, informed cyclists
  • Vital communication skills as parents teach and assist in fundraising
  • Appreciation of nature through breakpoints at Callaway Gardens nature centers