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Bike MS Team - The Big EL at ASCEND

Bike MS 2019 Recap

Captain's log - 6/13/19 - Bike MS Escape to the Lake 2019 was a pretty big success for the Big EL at ASCEND team! With over 25 riders on the team having participated and fundraised over $48k so far, our team is currently #3 on the Top Teams list for the year. Collectively, the team cycled more than 2,500 miles over the rolling (and sometimes not so rolling...) hills of western PA from Moraine State Park to the shore of Lake Erie in Conneaut, OH during the course of 2 day beautiful days. And while we feel pretty great about the team's fundraising success this year, we do hope that 2020 is even better.

Check out our photos from 2019 below to see what you missed out on, and stay tuned for more about the 2020 ride!

A big thanks to our team sponsors, including: Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., Littell Steel, SSZ Financial Group, and, of course, ASCEND. 


What is Bike MS?

Bike MS is a program of the National MS Society that was created to help raise funds and awareness in support of the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and by the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

The money that is donated from this ride goes to making life easier for people who have MS, through support groups, scooters, service dogs, cooling vests, and other assistance. It also supports crucial research for new treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease. One day, we hope this research will lead to a cure and a world free of MS.

Who is the The Big EL at Ascend?

We are a team of family, friends, and friends of friends who ride to fight MS. The Big EL got its start nearly 30 years ago, when Bob (the father of ASCEND Founder, Alex) started riding in the MS 150 (then, just 150 kilometers) in support of his wife, Ellie (aka Big EL ), who has had MS for more than 40 years. In 1999, his children, Katie and Alex, rode with him and the team was officially born. Eighteen years later, Katie and Alex are in charge of the team, the team has merged with the ASCEND Cycling Club, and we ride in honor of the many people we know who have MS. We are a mix of frequent bikers and once-a-year riders, and we are always open to new members!

What's happening this year (2019)?

On June 8th and 9th, The Big EL at ASCEND will ride from Zelienople to Lake Erie. It's 150 miles of beautiful scenery, good conversaiton, a little bit of exercise, and a ton of fun.  

What are the perks of joining The Big EL at ASCEND in 2019?

All members of The Big EL at ASCEND get a free team jersey, a team shirt, team socks, and food and drink at our team tent at the end of day 1 at Allegheny College.  

How much does it cost? What else do I need to know? (2019 Info)

Registration costs will vary depending on when you actually register. If you are doing both days of the ride, you'll need to reserve accomodations (this is done during signing up - see below). We stay at Allegheny College, and they have dorm rooms available for you. It's pretty cushy for a quick overnight!

Meals during the ride are provided by the MS Society, and the ride itself is VERY well curated. Rest stops are every 10-15 miles. All turns are marked. Before you know it, you've riden 150 miles!


Any additional questions, please email [email protected]

Looking forward to riding with you!