Organizers: BP MS 150 still on for now, despite rainy forecast

Riders make the last turn onto Congress Avenue as they head toward the finish  of the 2014 BP MS 150.  This year's two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin, which funds to fight multiple sclerosis, is set to begin Saturday.  RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESM
Riders make the last turn onto Congress Avenue as they head toward the finish of the 2014 BP MS 150. This year’s two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin, which funds to fight multiple sclerosis, is set to begin Saturday.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESM

With a little luck, streets will dry out in time for this weekend’s BP MS 150 fund-raising bike ride from Houston to Austin.

Organizers sent out an alert today, letting cyclists know that as of Thursday afternoon, the ride is still scheduled to go on.

“Safety is our primary concern, and we’ll provide updates as we monitor weather and route conditions,” the message said. “Cyclists and volunteers are cautioned to exercise heightened safety measures and pay close attention to the weather. Each participant’s safety is his or her personal responsibility, and each participant must individually as a rider determine if he or she is prepared, possesses the abilities to ride in inclement weather and temperatures, and is willing to assume the attendant risks.”

Any updates will be posted on the ride website here.

For tips on riding in wet road conditions, go here.

Online registration for this year’s ride closes just before midnight tonight, but cyclists can still register in-person from 2-8 p.m. Friday during packet pickup at the Expo at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway. Entry fee is $130; each rider must raise a minimum of $400 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Riders will pedal from Houston to LaGrange on Saturday, and from LaGrange to Austin on Sunday, finishing at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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