On September 7 and 8, Brian was part of Team I.T.Y. on Bike MS, which raised money for the National MS Society.
Day 1, Team I.T.Y. at starting line of Bike MS in Girdwood.
The Bike MS Bandana, signed by someone who has multiple sclerosis. This year, I put it on the back of my helmet.
Me, checking in at Alyeska Resort...with MY BIKE!!
Night before Bike MS mirror shot.
THE BLUE BEAST, all tuned up and numbered, in the hotel room.
My gear, laid out the night before in the hotel room.
Team I.T.Y., rolling out of Alyeska Resort to go to the start line.
Station 1 snacks.
Aniela at Station 1. WE SAW BELUGAS IN THE INLET. I wasn't able to photograph them, though.
This is Team I.T.Y., but this isn't I-HOP.
Top of Turnagain pass, Day 1. Me in my bike beanie.
Clouds, which aren't too far overhead because we're up so high. Top of Turnagain Pass.
This is the Hope turn off.
Last rest break before finish! Hot cocoa! Oh boy!!
Day 1 at Station 7, one stop before finish. I encountered this adorable, mud spotted rider. She was finishing up the 110 route.
Here is my Day 1 Course on my Strava App. Starting at Alyeska, I went to the Hope turn off and back. That means up over Turnagain pass TWICE. Check out the elevation indicator.
End of Day 1, and Team I.T.Y. waits with cow bells to cheer on the last finisher.
Day 2 start. Team I.T.Y.. Mosquitoes were eating up my legs.
Aniela and Blaine on Day 2 during the safety briefing.
Halfway point of day 2, about 28 miles for Alyeska at the Potter Marsh rest stop.
I tried to get an over the shoulder shot with my mountain friends.
DAY 2, GOATS! Dahl Sheep, I believe. They were not too far up from the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm.
Day 2. I scratched after 43 miles because my knee was killing me going over the top of the pedal. The medic/bike enthusiast told me I may need to raise my seat higher to straighten out my legs as they pedal.
At the end of Bike MS with our Medals. Team I.T.Y. raised over $1300. THANKS TO ALL OF OUR DONERS and to the bikers who ride to cure multiple sclerosis. And thank you to all the volunteers who kept us moving along safely.
Donations are still being accepted through October 14.