2012-02-09 / News

Jamestown Bridge will be part of bicycle route

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bike MS: Ride the Rhode, the cycling route this year will feature a crossing of the Newport and Jamestown bridges.

Two thousand cyclists and volunteers are expected for the 150- mile ride, which will benefit the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Cyclists will start in Newport on June 16 and cross the bridges heading through eastern Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts to the overnight spot at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. At the finish line, cyclists will be treated to a cookout, Harpoon ale, entertainment and full dinner. The next morning cyclists will return to Newport via a different route.

“We expect an enormous response to our 25th anniversary event,” said Kathy Mechnig, president of the local chapter of the NMSS. “Last year we raised more than $800,000 to help Rhode Islanders with MS and to fund MS research. Our goal is to top that.”

To register for the bike race, visit bikeMSrhodeisland.org.

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