Featured 2013 Cyclist
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow long does the trip take?
TransAm: 3,785 miles in 60 days
Northern Tier: 4,295 miles in 68 days
What are the dates for trips in 2013?
TransAm: June 1 - August 1
Northern Tier: May 28 - August 4
How many miles per day?
These trips generally average about 70 miles per day.
What route do we take?
In 2013 we'll be coordinating TransAm, Northern Tier, & self-contained tours. We use routes & maps produced by Adventure Cycling Association.
How much does it cost?
Most expenses will be covered by the fundraising minimum except for food. The fundraising minimum is $1 per mile. The TransAm route is 3,785 miles so the fundraising minimum is $3,785. Occasional group meals will be provided but in general food is the most expensive part of the trip. Cost of food varies depending on whether you prepare your own meals or eat out frequently. To get an idea, spending $20 each day on food ends up being $1200 for 60 days. You can expect to spend $1500+ on personal expenses during the trip.
Do I need a bike?
We don't provide bikes but we can help you find one. Road or touring bikes are the best option. Road bikes are faster but aren't designed to carry the heavy loads that touring bikes are made for. You can expect to have significantly more wheel/tire problems if riding a lightweight road bike. Most of your belongings will be in the trailer, but it's nice to carry some things during the day so you can be more independent. We often suggest purchasing a bike that you'll be most happy with when the trip is over. Do you want a fast bike? Or would you prefer a commuter that you can load up with bags and carry heavy loads? Both kinds of bikes have been used successfully in the past.
Where do we stay at night?
Churches, fire stations, city parks, state parks, national parks and the occasional hotel. Hotels are more expensive than camping so we try to keep these stays to a minimum so that more of the raised funds can be given to MS organizations we support. You are always welcome to pay out-of-pocket for a hotel room.
How will I know where to go?
Maps will be provided that contain route information such as distances between stops, stores, restaurants and other important information. Route leaders will ride with the group and assist you if you have mechanical or other problems. The support vehicle will always be within 20-30 miles if you need assistance.
What happens to the money we raise?
Funds raised in 2013 will support UVA's James Q. Miller MS clinic in Charlottesville, Swedish MS Center in Seattle, and Fairview Achievement Center in St. Paul. In addition to these contributions, we will fund home modification projects across the US. In the future we hope to expand our program & fund other clinics around the country. If you are affiliated with a clinic or program that needs funding please contact us.
Are contributions tax deductible?
Yes, Bike the US for MS Inc. is a 501c3 tax exempt organization with tax ID #27-2192426. For more information on how to deduct charitable contributions from your taxable income try the following links: About.com & IRS.gov. Your google checkout receipt serves as documentation for online contributions.
How do I raise the fundraising minimum?
It's easier than you think & you will find tips for fundraising on the cyclist information page once you've applied & been accepted. Click here to view our Fundraising Guide.
What kind of camping equipment do i need?
A tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad are the essentials.
How much training / experience does the trip require?
We require that you ride 500 miles before the trip on the bike you plan to ride. Being comfortable in a range of riding conditions is helpful and will make the trip more enjoyable. Our riders range from no experience to cross-country veterans. Your route leaders have completed trips like this and will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Other questions?  Contact us.
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