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2012 Bike MS Coast the Coast Is Here! Are You Ready!

THE 2012 COAST THE COAST IS HERE!

LOCATIONS:

Saturday, May 19th

Monmouth University

Boylan Gymnasium

400 Cedar Avenue

West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Sunday, May 20th

Pinelands Regional Junior High School

590 Nugentown Road

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

 

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE!

Call information hotline for event updates i.e. road closures, weather delays at 1-888-389-2711

SATURDAY SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED FOR 2012!

COMBINED STARTS FOR 50 & 25 MILERS!

Ride Length: Check-in: Start Time

170 & 85 miles: 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.

50 & 25 miles: 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

SUNDAY

Check-in: Morning Program: Start Time:

6:00 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 7:30 a.m.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Call 9-1-1 and then the MS emergency hotline at 732-616-7695 for any serious medical emergencies. For scrapes and bruises, our medics can help you out. The Mechanical Support Hotline will make sure our mobile bike repair gets to you. See the numbers on your route cards.

COME PREPARED!

One week before:

Get your bike road-ready and tested. Find your helmet and gear.

Enter checks you receive in your Participant Center. How? Go to the “Home” tab and click on “Enter New Gifts” so that sponsors who gave checks will get the recognition they deserve!

Prepare your pledge envelope, including matching gift forms for the day of drop off. Make sure all information on your pledge envelope is complete. Don’t forget to sign the waiver on the back.

Watch the weather and dress accordingly for the big day.

The morning of the ride:

Eat a healthy breakfast and hydrate!

Bring: your bike & helmet, rider number if it was mailed in advance, pledge envelope and I.D.

170 and 85 milers park in the lower lot and drop your luggage off at the luggage POD.

Bike shoes aren’t permitted in the gym. Wear shoes or sandals to check-in!

Visit vendors in the Expo area. The Vitamin Shoppe will offer a custom made goody bag with the help of their product specialists, a group stretch and a photo booth.

Super Cyclists, stop at your special check-in table, please!

• Team Tables will be prepared for top fundraising teams. Check with your team captain to find out if you qualify for this special privilege.

• Do you have the pledge minimum fulfilled? If not, please bring pledges, checks, cash and/or credit card and a valid I.D. to check-in.

Drop off your pledge envelope, remember to sign the waiver on back and you’ll receive your wrist band. Minors, please bring a notarized waiver or meet our Notary on-site.

Check the weather and prepare. Apply your sunscreen!

Make sure your rider bib is visible on your back, number is on your bike and your luggage is tagged and in the POD. The Super Cyclists will be sporting bright yellow numbers.

Enjoy free air!! Visit one of the bike shops or see a ride marshal to get your tires pumped up. Riding with the right air pressure makes for an easier ride and less flats!

Ride starts promptly as scheduled. Please be mindful of the time.

Have a great time and ride safely!

IMPORTANT ROUTE NOTES

Route markings will be orange arrows painted on right hand side of street. Some towns are not permitting permanent street markings, so in the event of rain, be alert for paper orange arrows in Bradley Beach, Spring Lake, Brielle and Day 2 locations of Washington Township, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest

25 and 50 Mile Cyclists -

Watch for signs that indicate your route is splitting off from the rest so that you don’t go too far! 25 milers turnaround after loop around Silver Lake between Belmar and Spring Lake. 50 milers split from the longer routes in Brielle at the River Road and Higgins Avenue cross streets. Do not go across the Hwy 35 bridge!

BE ADVISED – a major music festival will be occurring in Asbury Park at the same time as our event. Heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic may be expected on Saturday afternoon. To avoid this traffic, try to return through Asbury Park before 1:00 p.m. (Asbury Park is located 4 miles north of the Belmar rest stop on your return to the finish line.)

170 and 85 Miler Cyclists -

Remember to keep moving through the route. You must reach the Warren Grove Fire House (across from Lucille’s) on Day 1 and The American Legion in Wildwood on Day 2 by 4:00PM to finish on time.

Join us for dinner at The Tuckerton Seaport. Enjoy a catered dinner while listening to the sounds of Home Cookin’ amid maritime history. Enjoy walking trails and the visitor’s center after a long day in the saddle!

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE 2012 COAST THE COAST RIDE.

 

 

 

 

Rider Safety 101

Time to Kick the Tires

A MILD WINTER MEANS BIKING ALL YEAR – CHECK THE ABC’S OF YOUR BIKE BEFORE RIDING!

ABC Quick Check from the League of American Bicyclists

A is for Air.  Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure and check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged.

B is for Brakes. Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼” of pad left.  Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes and check brake level travel; at least 1″ between bar and lever when applied.

C is for Cranks, Chain and Cassette. Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else. Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches. If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment.

Quick is for Quick Releases. Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°. Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it. Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged

Check is for Check It Over. Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly; Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them and Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride

If you don’t know how to inspect your bike, take it to a bike shop. Our participating bike shops will give a free visual inspection and tell you whether or not you need repairs or service. Leave it up to the pro’s and make safety a priority! The Bike MS Coast the Coast has an exceptional safety record and we need YOU to continue that record and enjoy the ride!

Say Hello to Lisa Calitri, Your 2012 BIKE MS Ambassador

INTRODUCING THE 2012 BIKE MS AMBASSADOR, LISA CALITRI

When Lisa Caltri was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago, she was a top, worldranked professional racquetball player. She was literally caught off guard when during a tournament her body started to feel the effects of MS. Several years later, Lisa’s Team was born as a friend started the team in Lisa’s honor. Since then Lisa has gotten stronger and has been riding in the Bike MS Coast the Coast Ride for 11 years. She has been a top fundraiser annually and Lisa’s Team has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars since they began!

“DO IT BECAUSE YOU CAN” – LISA’S MESSAGE

The man looks at me and says “But you’re so healthy, so fit, how could that be?” I look at him, and say “Looks can be deceiving.”

I look at myself as the healthiest unhealthy person alive! I exercise and lift weights, I golf, I scuba dive, I spin, I cycle and most importantly, I have MS. I eat nutritiously (most of the time), I play with my husband and three dogs. I’m a fitness person by trade so my job can be exhausting, so I rest when necessary. That’s the most important thing, when my body says I need to rest, I do.

Sometimes I need to push myself a little further and I’m not sure if I’m going to pay a price for my excessive behavior. It took me over 15 years to manage the disease instead of the disease managing me!

I’m frightened at the prospect of the disease giving more challenges but until that day comes I’m going to push myself to jump higher, lift heavier, strike the ball further, cycle and spin longer.

Every year, my team (Lisa’s Team) has new faces. My team has grown from 4 to 35. Your team has the potential to grow as well. Tell them the story of why you are doing the ride and how MS has impacted your life. Make the ride personal, if not for you, for me. Tell them of the athlete who tripped and faltered but is now able to ride the 170 with her team. My motto is “I do because I can” and so could you. The Bike MS Coast the Coast is a ride along the Jersey coastline with people just like you, all trying to shut the door on MS.

Please join us!

Sincerely,

Lisa Calitri, 2012 Bike MS Ambassador

Something to Aim To for 2012 Bike MS Coast the Coast

The Bike MS Coast the Coast Jerseys Designs Are Unveiled!

 Which Jersey Will You Be Seen Wearing In May?

The Bike MS Coast the Coast raises over a million dollars, thanks to your fundraising efforts. One special group, The Miracle Milers, is comprised of self-selected top fundraisers who commit to making a big impact on our mission this year. You still have time to join!

For returning riders, commit to raising $750 over yourtotal or for new riders, $750 over your ride minimum. This increased commitment to Bike MS establishes you as a leader in our MS NOW: Stop, Restore and End MS Research Campaign!!

Those who successfully achieve their Miracle Miler goal will receive a special MIRACLE MILER Jersey and a $75 Gift Certificate to one of our Bike Shop Sponsors.

Super Cyclists are extraordinary top fundraisers who raise $1,000 or more for the Coast the Coast Ride. As Super Cyclists raise half of our event’s total funds each year, they are crucial to the success of our mission.

By raising $1,000 or more, you’ll automatically be part of this extraordinary group and can choose the Super Cyclists jersey as part of your prize package. If you qualify for Super Cyclist status by the time of the Coast Ride, you’ll be able to receive your jersey at the event.

                                             

Let’s Hear It For The Coast the Coast 2011

2011 Bike MS Coast the Coast Reaches All-Time Fundraising High!!

          Thank you cyclists for raising $1,014,000!

Congratulations to all of our cyclists and volunteers for participating in theCoast the Coast Ride. On May 21st and 22nd, over 1,600 cyclists took to the roads of the Jersey Shore to pedal in support of our mission. Your incredible dedication has led to outstanding results as over $1,014,000 will be raised this year!

Thank you for taking the challenge, bringing your enthusiasm and raising the highest funds ever for this event! Those living with MS thank you as well as these funds help to provide local programs and services for those living with MS and fund national research programs. The future of a world free of MS looks sunny and bright as you continue to make this the ride of a lifetime! We look forward to an even more successful 2012 Bike MS Coast the Coast ride!

ROUTES ARE LIVE ON MapMyRide!

ROUTE: 25 mile course

ROUTE: 50 mile course

ROUTE: Day 1 – 85 miles to Pinelands Middle School

ROUTE: Day 1 – Power loop

ROUTE:  Day 2 – 85 miles into Cape May

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