Over 5,500 cyclists will take off from Houston to ride more than 150 miles to College Station as part of the Bike MS: Texas MS 150 this weekend.
MS 150 – an effort to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and funds for the National MS Society – will begin on Saturday at 6:45 a.m.. Starting lines will be in both Houston and Austin. In Houston, the starting point will be at the Addicks Park ‘n Ride in the Energy Corridor. That route will be 100 miles long to the end point in College Station.
Starting points will also be in Brookshire and Bellville.
The ride is an effort to raise funds and awareness for those living with multiple sclerosis.
On Tuesday, Houston City Council honored the event with a proclamation during its meeting.
"I'm an avid cyclist," said At-Large Councilmember Letitia Plummer. "It's such an amazing team and amazing cause."
Plummer said she will not be riding this year, but supports those who are.
Councilmember Michael Kubosh told cyclists to "be careful out there."
"There are some really aggressive drivers, and some of them are just not real friendly," he said. "And you have to be watching out for them all the time, never assume that they will be paying attention. God bless y'all out there."
This is the National MS Society's 39th year hosting the MS 150. This year the organization expects cyclists from Texas, 30 other states and 10 countries to be a part of the ride. It will span over 150 miles from Houston and Austin, and all routes will finish in College Station.
Cyclists can choose from multiple routes, ranging from 50 to over 150 miles.