We have raised more than US$600,000 for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the last three years by participating in the BP MS 150 annual fundraising cycle ride to support and build awareness.
The BP MS 150 is a gruelling annual 180-mile (290 kilometre) cycle ride from Houston to Austin in Texas, the biggest of its kind in North America. It raises money and awareness for people with MS, a progressive neurological disease which currently affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide, mostly between the ages of 20 and 50. There is no known cure.
Some of our colleagues in the US have taken part in the challenge for a number of years, and in 2014, the BP MS 150 was our global charitable initiative of the year and we were one of the largest teams in the ride with the most international spread.
- 142 riders, representing 11 countries and 25 offices
- 15 people on the core planning team
- 66 total volunteers
- 37 host home volunteers
- 284 bags were handled 994 times, and not 1 was lost!
- 75 bikes, assembled by 2 mechanics in 2 days
- 2,138 photos taken
- 300,000 miles collectively traveled by riders to participate
- Rookie team of the year: more than 100 riders
- Second highest average per rider: more than 100 riders
- Most creative team fundraising event
- 2014 mission possible
- each cyclist raised at least US$400, and we had an MS ambassador, Tammy Miller
- Top 25 fundraising team
The BP MS 150 route
The route out of Houston is along public roads, starting on flat ground and progressing to gentle hills after the first 30 miles. The roads remain open to traffic, although it is described as ‘farm traffic’.
Day two incorporates more challenging climbs with riders choosing between a route that follows the rolling terrain of Bastrop and Buescher State Parks or via the Pfizer Lunch Express Route to reach the finish line in Austin.
The ride is not one for the faint hearted; the temperature can reach 80° F (27° C) and there can be strong cross headwinds.