Cyclists all around are gearing up for the annual Houston-to-Austin trek aimed at raising money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, including a team in the heart of the Heights.
I Cycle Bike Shop owner Matt Wurth and the iCycle team will join thousands of riders across the region this Saturday and Sunday, uniting in a mission to end MS with the annual BP MS 150.
“It’s inspiring to see all these people all riding their bikes at once, especially knowing that it goes to a cause like curing MS,” Wurth said. “It’s so incredible to see all these people riding together with a common goal.”
The 2019 trek will be the iCycle team’s ninth year to ride the BP MS 150. With three beginning location points around the Houston area – Rhodes Stadium in Katy, Waller Stadium in Waller and the Energy Corridor Addicks Park and Ride – routes range from 140-165 miles according to the ride’s website.
Even though Wurth has no personal connection to multiple sclerosis, he said the people he sees and meets with each ride, along with news of medical breakthroughs, inspire him to continue the pedaling journey each year.
To date, the event’s cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised more than $1.3 billion, according to its website.
“It’s incredible to see the amount of dollars raised that they’ve been able to donate to research,” Wurth said. “They’ve come out with several breakthroughs that have helped a lot of people. The bike ride helps make that happen, and that’s really cool.”
What’s more, riders aren’t larger-than-life figures. They’re everyday people riding with a united front.
“Most riders out there aren’t exactly a picture of a super athlete, yet they are, because they’re riding their bikes all the way to Austin for this cause,” Wurth said.
The iCycle team will take off from the Energy Corridor Addicks Park and Ride at 6:45 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s a challenge to ride a bike from Houston to Austin, but being a bike shop owner and getting to ride bikes is natural for us,” Wurth said. “It can be a breeze or it can be a struggle depending on conditions.
“I’m hoping for a tailwind,” he added with a laugh.
Anyone interested in joining the iCycle team can call Wurth at (713) 862-8520 with questions or for the password to join, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the BP MS 150, visit https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=30201&pg=entry.