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Rookie Riders - City to Shore First Year Cyclists

Rookie of the Year Award:

Rookie Rider of the Year Award

Awarded in December to the Top Rookie Rider Fundraiser in 2013.

Congratulations to the 2012 winner Mick O’Mahony of Team Sparkle!

Congratulations to previous winners who have earned this prestigious award as a first year City to Shore cyclist.

Joe Calabro - 2011

Nikki Kahn - 2010

Rookie Riders are already looking forward to next year. So are we!

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"I just wanted to say thank you for making this ride such a great experience! I was a rookie rider and everything was great! The volunteers were awesome at every rest stop, the DJ's were great, and the whole experience of riding was amazing!! I am so excited for next year and I am so thankful that so many people take their weekend to volunteer, ride and help out! It is amazing that you get so much support and encouragement for a bike ride!! This was an experience that I will never forget!!!"

- Walter Hummel

"This was my first year riding the MS 150 and I was extremely impressed; it was one of the best experiences of my life. To be a part of such an enormous event that ultimately helps so many with MS was exhilarating. Already looking forward to next year."

- Tom Maxwell

Please note: the cyclists pictured above are not the cyclists quoted.

Chris Scofield, 2012 rookie and captain of Team Tony’s Place shares why he is returning for his 2nd year in 'Second Time Is A Charm... I Ride....'

I Ride...
I ride this year because I gave my word...
I ride because I attended the Top 250 Awards Dinner a few months back...
I ride for those that can't...
I ride to be a positive influence in my 3 nephews lives...
I ride for new medicines...
I ride for new treatments...
I ride to influence others to ride...
I ride because my legs work...
I ride in my second year.... Because I told the MS Society I would double our team members and double our donation total...
I ride for people in my past...
I ride for people I have yet to meet...
I ride to show others that charity... is a personal choice...
I ride = Commitment...
I ride for the smiles and the tears... :-( :-)
I ride for the lady in the wheelchair that I met at the rest stop on Sunday... I promised her I would be back...
I ride because I have been emotionally touched...
I ride... Because... "My Word" is all I have...
I Ride....


Rookie Rider = a cyclist participating in City to Shore for the first time.

But I’ve been cycling for years, am I a Rookie Rider? Yes! 

Whether you’re a veteran cyclist or you’re new to the sport, you are new to the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride and we want to ensure your first experience is the best it can be. This page, and the Rookie Rider program, is dedicated to making this happen.

If you have any questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact Jena Visconto for more information. 


Thanks to all our Rookie Riders for participating in the weekend activities. Congratulations to the following raffle winners:

Rookie Rest Stop Raffle 

Register for 2014 Raffle

general tips for rookie riders

>Get a mandatory (free) bike inspection by September 25 at one of our sponsoring bike shops. (To receive free bike maintenance during ride weekend, you MUST have a Bike MS inspected sticker. Learn more)

>Get excited, talk to veteran City to Shore cyclists, ask questions and ensure you have all of the information you need to have a great ride weekend by:

>Don't wait to begin fundraising
Don't let the $300 minimum intimidate you - the average City to Shore cyclist raises more than $700 each. Raise $1,000 or more and become a member of the exclusive VIP Club. It's not hard to get there, and we're here to help you along the way.

>Start training now and ride regularly

>Train in a group (learn how to ride in a crowd)

>Stay hydrated by drinking before you become thirsty

  • Rest stops will be fully stocked - click here for route information
  • Click here for more information on proper hydration and nutrition

>Make your ride meaningful

>Wear padded shorts and gloves

>Enjoy your trip to Ocean City

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The Ocean City experience starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. Not only will you see an abundance of cheering spectators, there will be plenty of food, drinks and entertainment. Have your commemorative photo taken, collect your t-shirt, visit the Rookie Tent to win great prizes, and much more!

If you are staying over on Saturday night, make your reservations via Access Ocean City and plan to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.



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