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Challengers gearing up for 6th annual MS Bike

During the August 19-20 weekend, participants will enjoy 222 km of riding, rest stops, food, entertainment, and beautiful views and hill climbs that won't disappoint. Submitted photo

The MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge returns for its sixth annual event this August, accompanied by three Cinnamon Bun Run training rides this summer, helping participants get back in the saddle.  
 
The first Cinnamon Bun Run training ride will be held on Saturday June 10, at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Nelson. Members of the MS Bike's organizing committee will lead the approximately 70km training ride to Procter, where all attendees will be treated to a complimentary cinnamon bun from The Village Bakery.

All cycling levels are welcome, and there is no charge to participate.  
 
"The Cinnamon Bun Run training rides are a great way to connect with other cyclists, introduce friends and family to the MS Bike event, share fundraising ideas and successes, and most importantly, prepare for the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge," said Jillian Earl, MS Bike coordinator.  
 
"It’s the perfect opportunity to train, while satisfying your sweet tooth," she said.  
 
The MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge is a fully supported two-day bike ride around the Kokanee Glacier, from New Denver to Nelson on Day 1, and from Nelson to New Denver via Kaslo on Day 2.

During the August 19-20 weekend, participants will enjoy 222 km of riding, rest stops, food, entertainment, and beautiful views and hill climbs that won't disappoint.   
 
The ride is a fundraiser supporting the MS Society of Canada. Last year, 99 participants raised an amazing $135,000. In addition to helping fund critical MS research, those funds helped the Society to host 37 education sessions, distribute over $335,000 of medical equipment, and provide 299 individuals with volunteer legal assistance to people living with multiple sclerosis across B.C. These funds also contributed to the launch of the MS Knowledge Network.  
 
All those interested in joining the ride, or learning more are welcome to attend the training rides. Dates of the remaining two training rides will be released in the summer. To register for the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge, visit www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca.  
 
About multiple sclerosis and MS Bike
 
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord that affects 100,000 Canadians – the highest rate of MS in the world. It is one of the most common neurological diseases of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. MS Bike is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country. Over 12,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 20 one- and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September.

For more information about MS Bike visit msbike.ca.