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BIKE MS 2011

Brian Ross, a member of Team I.T.Y., completed 135 miles of pedalling on Bike MS. Sept 10 and 11, 2011.

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    Before heading to Girdwood for Bike MS, I packed my gear and attached my bib numbers. Let's hope 188 is my lucky number. www.BrianBikes.com
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    Our journey began at the beautiful Alyeska Resort. They gave Bike MS'ers a discounted rate, and I was lucky enough to get a room upgrade (bigger than my apartment!).
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    To save some money, Aniela (seen here) and our team captain, Robb, stayed in an RV at "Rider's Village." But we kept the bikes in my room to keep them dry overnight.
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    Day one start at Rider's Village. The blue bandana is signed by people who have MS, to remind us of why we ride. www.BrianBikes.com
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    Team I.T.Y. (or Misty without the MS): Brian, Aniela, and Robb. It was cool and cloudy, but not a drop of rain thankfully.
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    Sorry for the blur. This is the first rest area before 7-Mile Hill (Turnagain Pass). We like this stop because....
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    ...it's got PANCAKES!! NOM NOM NOM NOOOOOM!!
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    Lots of people and companies volunteered their time and resources. FedEx, REI, the Boy Scouts (great soup and jalepeno chicken from the BSA at break 7), and more.
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    Day one complete!! We biked about 76 miles. Girdwood to the Hope turn-off and back. That means we did the Turnagain Pass hill BOTH WAYS! www.BrianBikes.com
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    My room at Alyeska resort was our recovery area. We could shower, wash out our biking clothes, and watch TV. Alyeska also has a HUGE hot tub which Team I.T.Y. used for aching legs.
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    Day 2 was looking great! Sunny, and not too cold. Great views from Girdwood to Potter Marsh, especially along the Bird-to-Gird bike trail.
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    Every break is a Facebreak. We took time to upload pics to Facebook. That helped us get a few more last minute donations and loads of encouragement.
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    Bikes along Bird/Gird path. www.BrianBikes.com
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    Time for Aniela to switch to sunglasses. It really warmed up around noon on Day 2.
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    At each rest stop we would eat some food for energy and mix up some new Cytomax in our water bottles. It was great for preventing burning muscles. We were constantly drinking water.
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    Day 2 turnaround, at Potter Station, South of Potter Marsh. www.BrianBikes.com
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    Almost home. Rest area 3 about a mile into Bird/Gird trail heading South. By this time, I was feeling good. My endurance was paying off. Now the last big hills await us.
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    SUCCESS!! We all made it back to Girdwood. About 135 miles total. No bike malfunctions, and we all got gold medals. Plus, we earned almost $2000 for the National MS Society.
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    Here we are with Robb's family; wife Misty and the always cute daughter Mariana, who cheered us to the finish. Donations will be accepted for a while longer at www.BrianBikes.com.