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As you are getting ready to ride, check out the options you have for your Bike MS challenge.
> Reference the packet mailed to all cyclists for all important Ride weekend details & information.
- Start Location Info, Times and Specifics (also reference the Routes tab)
- Finish Line Information (also reference the Routes tab)
- Route Details (see below)
- Suggested Packing List
- Safe and Courteous Cycling Reminders
- Money Turn In Envelope
> Stay connected: Check MSCycling.org and your inbox regularly for weather and other Ride weekend updates. Follow us on Facebook. Post your photos and don't forget to check in and tag us #biketothebayde!
> Participation, Ride Weekend Requirements and Rider Number Pick Up: You must meet all requirements to participate.If you did not receive a rider number prior to the ride, you may pick one up at your start location Saturday morning. No cyclists will be permitted on the route without a rider number. Click here for details.
Reference the packet of information that was mailed to all registered cyclists (that also included a money turn-in envelope).
> Weather: We ride rain or shine. Be prepared for rain, cold weather or very sunny conditions. Weather can change overnight so prepare for every scenario. Please check MSCycling.org and your inbox for any last minute weather-related changes. Click here to view current weather conditions at each start location.
> Bring meaning to your ride: Don't forget to wear the orange ribbon included in your rider number packet during ride weekend. Even if you don't have a personal connection to MS currently, you are riding for someone by participating in Bike to the Bay.
Click below to view the 2017 DRAFT Cue Sheets. Final cue sheets will be available for pick up at all start locations.
(all files below are .pdf and will open in a new window)
Note: Bike MS and the Dewey Goes Pink 5k coincide on Saturday. Please be aware of the new traffic pattern and runners as you travel through Dewey Beach. Follow the WHITE road markings if you plan to ride the Century Route (100 miles) and reference the cue sheets for specific details
Please be respectful of the communities that support and welcome Bike MS! Their hospitality makes this event possible. Every effort is made to keep you safe. Where possible, local law enforcement agencies have been recruited to help you travel through intersections and on shared roadways. Be courteous, as they help you travel safely through their communities.
Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on the route. Please understand our need to cut down on vehicular traffic for your safety. We provide SAG vehicles and full route support, which you can read about Route Support.
> 20-mile - Start is located at Uncle Ted's /Aunt Polly's Rest Stop - 26077 Cave Neck Rd, Milton, DE 19968. Route includes fully-stocked rest stop.
> 50-mile- Start is located at Lake Forest Central Elementary School Rest Stop - 5424 Killens Pond Road Felton, DE 19943. Route includes four rest stops, including lunch.
> Traditional Route (75-mile) & Century (100) Miles - Start for both options is located at DelTech Terry Campus - 100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904. Participants traveling southbound on Route 1 (from Wilmington/Newark area) are advised to take exit 114 - South Smyrna and continue traveling south on Rt. 13 in the right lane.
All cyclists will be released in waves. All cyclists must be on the road by 8 a.m. Cyclists arriving late will be bused to the first rest stop after checking in. No exceptions.
VIP Parking: VIP Parking area is available to all cyclists who have raised $1,000. Stay to the right when arriving at DelTech and show your orange VIP wristband to parking volunteers.
- Traditional Route (75 miles) route includes six rest stops, including lunch.
- Century (100 miles) route includes seven rest stops, including lunch.
Follow the WHITE road markings if you plan to ride the Century Route (100 miles) and reference the cue sheets for specific details.
Note: Bike MS and the Dewey Goes Pink 5k/10k coincide on Saturday. Please be aware of the new traffic pattern and runners as you travel through Dewey Beach.
We provide transportation back to your start site. Click here for more information.
> Traditional (75 mile) each day with six rest stops, including lunch.
> Two-day Century option: 100 miles on Saturday with seven rest stops and 75 miles on Sunday with six rest stops. Lunch is included both days.
Start for both options is located at Seashore State Park South Inlet (SIDA) lot.
> Route opens at 7:00 a.m.
> All cyclists must be on the road by 8 a.m. Cyclists arriving late will be bused to the first rest stop, no exceptions.
> A continental style breakfast will be available from 6:00 a.m-7:30 a.m. If you wish to depart from your hotel Sunday morning, these items will also be available at the first rest stop.
> Century Closing: The century route loop is located at mile 63.9 and will close promptly at 2:30 p.m. No cyclists will be permitted onto the century route after this time. Please plan your ride accordingly.
> Route Closing: 5 p.m.
The Bike MS route will close at 5 p.m. each day. We will make every effort to work with you to complete the ride. All cyclists on the road after 5 p.m. must take the bus in to the finish line.
If you encounter a mechanical problem while riding and need assistance, move completely off to the side of the road and turn your bike upside down.
> Reference the packet mailed to all cyclists for all important finish line information and maps
Finish Line Party: After crossing the finish line to the cheers of spectators, you and your loved ones are invited to join our celebration featuring a live band and the renowned Team Village festivities. Plus collect your commemorative T-shirt and pin, receive a massage and much more!
Finish Line Food & Refreshments: A variety of snacks and drinks will be available to CYCLISTS throughout the day. Big Chill Beach Club will be on site providing food. SPECTATORS can purchase food at the Taco Reho food-truck on site.
Team Village: Located at the hub of the finish line, the Team Village is an opportunity for team members to gather together, share stories from the day, and celebrate successes. Ask your team captain if they reserved a space this year. Reference the Team Village Guide, in the Captain Resources tab on the Teams page, for details and requirements.
Team Captains are responsible for the activities in and around their respective team sites. Delaware Seashore State Park allows alcohol on premises during the Bike to the Bay event. All Delaware state laws regarding sale, distribution and consumption of alcohol are to be strictly adhered to during this event. This includes, but not limited to the sale of any alcoholic beverage, distribution of alcohol in return for a cash donation or consumption by minors. Delaware Seashore State Park Officers will be on the premises and will take any enforcement action they deem necessary
Bike Parking: Temporary bike parking is available throughout the day, thanks to presenting sponsor Discover Bank. Secure overnight bike parking is available at the finish line at 6 p.m. Saturday for those taking the hotel shuttle. All bikes must be removed by 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Bikes left after this time will be transported to the DelTech finish line for pick up. All will be handled and stored with care.
Transportation & Lodging: visit the Lodging & Transportation page for details regarding:
Spectator Parking: Parking will be available free of charge to spectators on a first come, first serve bases in three lots: South Inlet (SIDA)Lot - at the finish line, North Inlet Lot and Towers Ocean Lot. Follow Bike MS signs and volunteer directions for available parking. Shuttles will run frequently to and from the finish line (SIDA lot) and alternate parking lots. We appreciate your patience. Please thank our volunteers who are driving you!
Accessible parking is available in the South Inlet (SIDA) Lot at the finish line.
Your extraordinary Bike MS experience includes fantastic support. While you ride, you should only be concerned about two things: riding safely and having fun! We take care of all the rest.
Here are just a few of the volunteer groups you can count on during event weekend:
These are on turns and straightaways, so you will know you're riding in the right direction.
Follow the ORANGE road markings for the 75, 50, and 20 mile route options.
Reminder: Bike MS and the Dewey Goes Pink 5k/10k coincide on Saturday. Although very minimal runner and cyclist crossover is anticipated, cyclists are advised to be alert and aware of the traffic pattern, and encouraged to follow appropriate directional signs. Crossover of routes will occur at miles 67-70 on the 75 mile route, miles 93-96 on the 10 mile route, miles 43-46 on the 50 mile route and miles 13-16 on the 20 mile route.
Follow the WHITE road markings if you plan to ride the Century Route (100 miles)
Reference the cue sheets for specific details
Directional & Informational Signs: serve as friendly reminders, indicate warning or FYIs, and provide additional direction where needed.
Mileage Signs: located North and South along the route. These help ensure you know where you are along the route, and Bike MS staff can locate you.
Rest stops approximately every 10 miles featuring:
> Fun festivities and smiling faces
> FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! Including drinks, snacks and lunch at the fourth rest stop
> First aid stations
> Mechanical support from local bike shops.
**Only authorized Bike MS vehicles and cyclists are permitted access to the rest stops ride weekend. All other vehicular traffic is prohibited.
Thank you to our rest stop sponsors.
Just can’t push another pedal, or just need a ride to the next stop? These vehicles rove the route and rest stops. Flip your bike upside down and look for the first SAG wagon to come your way. Give the thumbs-down signal if you want to be picked up. You and your bike will be transported.
NOTE: The trip into the finish line is not always direct. Be patient as we pick up other cyclists in need. If you only want a ride to the next rest stop, let the driver know. Always remember to thank your driver, who is volunteering his or her time for the weekend to support you.
Personal SAG vehicles are not permitted on the route. Please understand our need to cut down on vehicular traffic for YOUR SAFETY.
Bicycle tagalongs, trailers and carriers will not be permitted per the Society’s minor policy.
Sponsoring bike shops Bike Line and Wooden Wheels will provide minor repairs on the road and at rest stops on Ride weekend. If you encounter a mechanical problem while riding and need assistance, move completely off to the side of the road and turn your bike upside down.
Optional bike inspections. Ensure your bike is Bike MS ready by receiving your optional FREE bike inspections at these sponsoring shops starting August 19. A bike inspection is a short evaluation (a few minutes long) of the overall condition of your bike, including tires, brake pads, cables and housing, chain, cassette, and chain ring wear. It serves to identify any major mechanical issues that need to be repaired prior to the Ride, and ensures your bike is in excellent riding condition so that everyone makes it safely to the finish line. All inspected bikes will receive the 'Bike MS inspected' tag to show the shops you are ready to ride!
In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911. Identify yourself as a Bike to the Bay cyclists and provide the nearest mile marker. Emergency medical support travels the entire route in the event that a cyclist may be injured. Help us provide top-notch first aid by completing the back of your rider number. First aid stations will also be available.
Every effort is made keep you safe. Where possible, local police have been recruited to help you travel through hazardous intersections and on busy roadways. Be courteous, as they help you travel safely through their communities.
Bike MS staff and key volunteers will be monitoring the route.