I made it folks but it's getting tougher at age 80 trying to hang in with large groups of young cyclists moving along at 20 mph.

I was surprised to find my stats about the same as last year although it was the first year that I didn't cycle 100 miles (Century trip) on the first day. 

Saturday September 12 - 75 miles 

Sunday September 13 - 75 miles

Start time 8:05AM Start time 8: 00 AM
Finish time 1:30 PM Finish time 1:40 PM
Distance Recorded 75 miles ~ Distance recorded 76.9 mi ~ (lost in New Bern)
Total Elapsed Time 5 hr - 25 min Total Elapsed Time 5 hr - 40 min
Overall Avg. Speed 13.85 mph Overall Avg. Speed 13.58 mph
Rest Stops+Lunch 34 min appx. Rest Stops + Lunch 35 min appx.
Saddle Speed Avg. 15.46 mph Saddle Speed Avg. 15.13 mph

Saturday September 12 - 75 miles:

Great weather with temperature in the 80s. My saddle average was fine at the beginning with 18.6 mph at rest stop #1, which I bypassed, and 18.3 mph at rest stop #2.  But from thereon, I often became exhausted and had to drop out of groups and go it alone. This resulted in my overall saddle average dropping to 15.5 mph for the 75 miles. I also developed intermittent leg cramps at 68 miles that slowed me down for the last few miles of the tour. 

I returned home exhausted as usual, showered and took a long nap and missed going back the Convention Center for the hi-carb buffet.

Sunday September 13 - 76.9 miles:

What a screwy start from Union Point Park. The lead group went the wrong way and hundreds of cyclists followed as we wandered around on numerous streets in the vicinity of the library. We finally returned to the start but the mistake added over an extra mile to the trip. I did fine hanging in with fast groups all the way to Brices Creek and Pollocksville, but after that we turned into the wind and had to cycle on very rough roads so I often found myself riding alone. I was lucky that no leg cramps developed, which for some reason never seem to occur on the 2nd day of the Tour.              

Click Here to see photos I took with a cheap throwaway camera


Below is my original web page soliciting sponsors for the 2009 MS Bike Tour

 Two great days of cross-country cycling 

  30, 50, 75 or 100 miles each day on

 September 12th & 13th, 2009 with over 2500 cyclists     

Turn volume up for '60s tune "Runaway"     

          Dave at Sunday start of 2008 MS Bike Tour

Hey, I'm still hanging in at age 80 but will go only 150 miles this year!

Paceline at the 2008 Bike Tour

This will be my 9th year to cycle the MS Bike Tour. In the past I cycled either 175 or 200 miles but this year I'm dropping back to 150 miles, 75 each day, with hopes to avoid leg cramps. I'll be 80 and riding with over 2300 cyclists expected in New Bern on September 12th & 13th that hopefully will raise more than $1,700,000. Over the past 8 years I have raised a grand total of $15,615, all thanks to you. Visit my past MS bike tour web pages at http://pages.suddenlink.net/davew/dave.htm and see sponsors back to 2001. How about you being one this year by pledging a couple bucks to the MS Society if I cycle 150 miles.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. We have two family members with MS.

What Causes MS?

While the cause (etiology) of MS is still not known, scientists believe that a combination of several factors may be involved. Studies are ongoing in the areas of immunology (the science of the body’s immune system), epidemiology (that looks at patterns of disease in the population), and genetics in an effort to answer this important question.

Who Gets MS?

In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) - with 200 more people diagnosed every week. Worldwide, MS is thought to affect more than 2.5 million people.

How is MS Diagnosed?

At this time, there are no symptoms, physical findings or laboratory tests that can, by themselves, determine if a person has MS. The doctor uses several strategies to determine if a person meets the long-established criteria for a diagnosis of MS and to rule out other possible causes of whatever symptoms the person is experiencing. These strategies include a careful medical history, a neurologic exam and various tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potentials (EP) and spinal fluid analysis.

What are Possible Symptoms of MS?

In multiple sclerosis , damage to the myelin in the central nervous system (CNS), and to the nerve fibers themselves, interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord and other parts of the body. This disruption of nerve signals produces the primary symptoms of MS, which vary depending on where the damage has occurred.

How is MS Treated?

Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat exacerbations (also called attacks, relapses, or flare-ups), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS. Currently there are 6 FDA approved disease modifying agents: Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Novsantrone, Rebif and Tysabri.

What is Bike MS?

It used to be called MS-150 because it consisted of two 75-mile loops out of New Bern with the option of adding 25 miles each day to make what cyclists call a Century trip. This still exists but a 30 and 50-mile route was added each day so it's now called Bike MS.  Each day's tour starts and ends at Union Point park in New Bern. It's not a race but despite all ages and types of bicycles it's still a race for many. I always start with the lead group and try to hang in as long as I can, usually to the first rest stop around 12 miles - which fast cyclists bypass. 

I need your support

The purpose of the tour is to raise money for research to find a cure (yes , a cure) for the devastating disease of Multiple Sclerosis. What I need are sponsors that will pledge a donation to the MS Society provided I complete the tour, which this year will be 150 miles of cycling in two days. Go to http://pages.suddenlink.net/davew/dave.htm and you'll see my previous MS web pages, how the tours went, and who my sponsors were that contributed $635, $1449, $1562, $1555, $1640, $2747, $2856 and $3389 respectively over the past 8 years.

I know times are tough with rising gas and food prices. My hopes are that I'll get many more folks pledging smaller amounts this year to the MS Society and make up the difference. Any amount is appreciated. How about a couple bucks and I'll add you to my sponsor list. I'm not kidding.

How to pledge via e-mail

To pledge a fixed amount or an amount per mile please send a message to me at davewallace@XXXsuddenlink.net (remove the XXX before sending) with your name, address and the pledge amount. Don't send money to me. I will then post your name (less the amount pledged) on the list of sponsors below and show the cumulative total pledged. 

When and where do I send the money?

When the tour is over in September and I complete 150 miles I will notify everyone by e-mail and update this web page with a narrative on how the tour went. At that time you may send your pledge check to the following address with a note "Sponsor Dave Wallace" on it. If I don't complete the tour you owe nothing. But don't count on it. 

Multiple Sclerosis Society

3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210

Raleigh , NC 27609

Phone 1-800-344-4867

Add note "Sponsor Dave Wallace"

Hey, you can cycle the MS Bike Tour too!

Check out the MS Society's Bike tour web site and register at www.msbike.org  You'll see all ages and about every kind of bike but I must warn you that you'll have a tough time keeping up on a heavy fat-tire bike because most are light weight road bikes with skinny tires. If you have questions about cycling and the tour send them by e-mail to me and I'll try to answer them. Also take a look at my article in the RIVER BENDER titled "Cycling the MS-150 at 77" at http://pages.suddenlink.net/davew/2006%20ms150%20at%2077.htm

Can't cycle long haul? Then how about volunteering to help run the tour by helping at rest stops, sorting, loading supplies or helping at the convention center, etc. Give Phoebe Coggins a call at 1-800-344-4867. 


All addresses are in North Carolina unless shown otherwise

BettyAnn & Bill Walker, New Bern Don Loudin, New Bern
Jim Wright, River Bend Dennis & Carol Brooks, River Bend
Diane Degnan, River Bend Cecil & Jo Anne Butterfield, River Bend
Ken & Nancy Kubik, River Bend Wayne & Nancy Orr, River Bend
John & Betty Melchoir, New Bern Alice & Ed Long, River Bend
Fred Hausman, New Bern Lou & Peggy Call, River Bend
Al & Vickie Kindler, River Bend Nate Salsbury, New Bern
Dick Wern, River Bend Herb Rawls, New Bern
George & Jan Wallace, Miami FL Ron and Elaine Patchett, River Bend
Nils & Susie Hokansson, Fairfield Harbour Orchid Lee, River Bend
Ralph and Mary Iorio, River Bend Phil & Lee Ann Smith, River Bend
Debra Tyndall, New Bern Susan Wallace, Stafford VA
Teddy Clemons, Stafford VA Don & Mary Ann Tirabassi, River Bend
Doris & George Pfeiffer, River Bend Barbara Maurer, River Bend
In Memory of Buster Bell (Brinson), River Bend Ken & Elizabeth Brinson , River Bend
Loren (W8ISV) & Barb Kindler, Hubbard OH Richard & Audrey Hill, New Bern
Jim & Sherril Miller, River Bend Doug Pew, Reston VA
Candy Waters, River Bend Barbara & Reinhold Wind, River Bend
Bob Fleming, River Bend Diana & David Sousa, River Bend
Maria Muniz & Philippe Lafargue, River Bend Pete Swain, New Bern
Marty James, New Bern Bob Thayer, River Bend
Louise & John Bishop, New Bern George & Lou Fusco, River Bend
Bob & Lillie Bosley, River Bend Jim Nola, Fairfield Harbour
Janie Kelly & Bill Price, River Bend
David Gover, New Bern
Rudy & Gail Ramcke, River Bend Harm & Bunny Ferer, New Bern
In Memory of June Gladding, River Bend Bill & Jane Shumway, River Bend
George & Pat McCloud, New Bern Otto & Peggy Kuehrmann, River Bend
Lynne & Phil Seymour, River Bend Dean & Aileen Eger, River Bend
Al Kish, New Bern Pete & Mary Peterson, Fairfield Harbour
Dottie & Herb Parker, River Bend Charles & Constance Murphy, River Bend
Lou & Barbara Price, River Bend
Rebecca & Richard Seeger, River Bend
Brenda & Jim Fasone, Bowie, MD Merle & Dianne Edington, New Bern
Howard Rawls, New Bern Nancy & Bill Ritchie, River Bend
Carole Kosarko, River Bend Dottie Anderson, River Bend
Mary & Kevin Holihan, River Bend Patricia Lue, River Bend
Katharine Frazer, River Bend Karen & Troy Hullander, River Bend
Harriet Milde, River Bend Maureen Schwerdtfeger. River Bend

Buster Bell (Elizabeth Brinson's father)- age 93 in '06 was a regular fan of the  Pickin & Grinin Group when we played at Twin Rivers Mall and a supporter of the MS Bike Tour. Buster passed away on 1/28/07.


                               74 Pledges

       Multiple Sclerosis Society received  = $3,308 (95.1%)

                   Thanks folks for your great support!

NOTE: This was the last year for me cycling the MS Bike Tour. In all 9 years of cycling the tour, never less that 150 miles each year, I completed 10 CENTURY (100 mile) trips and raised a total of $19,141 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, thanks to my many sponsors in River Bend and out of town.    Dave Wallace

Webmaster: Dave Wallace davewallace@XXXsuddenlink.net (remove XXX)

Web page originated: May 23, 2009

Updated: October 9, 2009

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