A ride worth doing is worth riding together!
A ride worth doing is worth riding together! That's the idea driving our commitment to our Bike MS Teams. Riding, recruiting, fundraising and celebrating together towards a world free of MS! Make your mark today by forming a team and becoming a team captain or co-captain to support everyone affected by MS in our community.
We are here for you, mile by mile! All teams receive support and assistance from one of our Team Coaches. Once registered, your team coach will be in contact to help get you started and see you through all the way to the finish line! Questions before you register? Contact us today at teamMSnorthwest@nmss.org.
What is a Team?
Teams consist of four or more riders who register together, set a fundraising goal and join forces to recruit, raise funds, and train for this premiere cycling series in the nation! Team members can be anybody—friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors who seek a personal fitness challenge and a world free of MS.
Whether you are a corporate team or a team of friends & family, Bike MS offers something for everyone. From varied route lengths to accommodate every skill level, stunning scenery and great weekend festivities—Bike MS provides the perfect opportunity to share an unforgettable experience with everyone you know, and those you will meet.
The Team Captain's Role
You're up for the challenge and ready for the ride of your life! Now what? As Team Captain, you will lead the way in recruiting, managing and motivating your team. Many team captains appoint a co-captain to assist them along the way. Once your team is created, recruit friends, families and coworkers to join you! Next, begin your fundraising efforts—send emails, throw a fundraising event... get creative! The National MS Society Team Coaches are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.
Getting Started in 4 Easy Steps
- Form your team by registering as a Team Captain now.
- Set your Team Fundraising Goal: Visit the Fundraising page for ideas and strategies.
- Appoint a Co-Captain.
- Recruit at least four team members.
Advantages of Joining or Forming a Team
- "You can assign someone to bring the 'beverages'."
- Lyn Laielli, Team Captain since 1990
- "Riding as a team is motivating, fun, and a great way to meet some fantastic people. Typically, you're a team not just for the ride, but throughout the year, so you really get to know each other."
- Jason Webb, Team Captain, Mile'n for Myelin
- "My team makes visible the names of our donors' friends or loved ones with MS (on jerseys, banners, etc.). We ride in their honor!"
- Robin Cowper, Buns Blazing
A friendly competition among teams can build camaraderie and increase results. The difference teams make in the lives of people living with MS is nothing short of amazing, so use this opportunity to prove that your team itself is pretty amazing too! Do you have the most team spirit? Or maybe the biggest team? How about the best team jersey, or were you a rookie team that really took your recruitment and fundraising to the next level? Don't miss this opportunity to gain some bragging rights!
Tour de Teams
Utilize the season long Tour de Teams competition to motivate your team members to recruit riders and fundraise! Through four stages of recruitment and fundraising blitz week competitions, teams will have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes and lead their peers in creating a world free of MS.
We're Committed to Your Team's Success!
Bike MS: Hope to a Cure 2014 (Alaska)
Jessie Henning, Community Relations Manager
Bike MS: Ride the Sky 2014 (Montana)
Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic 2014 (Washington)
Molly Johnston, Senior Manager, Donor Relations
Jessica Kurtz, Donor Relations Manager
Blaire Piha, Donor Relations Manager
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley 2014 (Idaho)
2013 TEAM AWARD WINNERS
WA AWARD WINNERS
Rookie Team of the Year: Team Jodi Rae
Best Team Tent: TEAM SPIN
Best Team Jersey: ZGF-Hoffman
Best Rest Stop: Rest Stop #4 - the Harley group!
Most Team Spirit: Team Expeditors
Pete Kenville, Volunteer of the Year: Washington HAM Radio Operators
Tour de Teams Diamond Level Champion: Expeditors
Tour de Teams Gold Level Champion: Team Eddie Bauer
Tour de Teams Silver Level Champion: The Fighting Axons
Tour de Teams Bronze Level Champion: n/a
Tour de Teams Steel Level Champion: Team R4C - Riding for Cures
AK AWARD WINNERS
Rookie Team of the Year: BIKE MO!
Best Team Jersey: FedEx Alaska
Best Rest Stop: FedEx Alaska
Most Team Spirit: BP Alaska
Volunteer of the Year: Mike C. and APDEA
MT AWARD WINNERS
Rookie Team of the Year: Claeys Family Dentis
Best Team Jersey: Yellowstone Vein Center
Best Rest Stop: Hilton Garden Inn
Most Team Spirit: Team Katy
Volunteer of the Year: Jack Bell
Tour de Teams Gold Level Champion: Yellowstone Vein Center
Tour de Teams Silver Level Champion: Team Davidson
Tour de Teams Bronze Level Champion: B-MVP (Billings Metro Vista Project)
ID AWARD WINNERS
Top Fundraising 2012 Team: Big Sky MS Riders
Highest Fundraising Average per participant: Team Pseudonymous
Largest Team: Helena Hell on Wheels
Rookie Team of the Year: Bikeaholics
Thinking of starting a corporate team? Discover all the benefits with our Corporate Facts Sheet.
Request Bike MS posters and personalized team trading cards to keep your fundraising fired up! Email all materials requests to teamMSnorthwest@nmss.org.