Cyclists go for the gorge

Road bikers raising money for MS

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— Lee Cox has noticed an influx of road cyclists in Northwest Colorado.

She would like any of those riders to consider joining her in the MS 150 Bike Tour.

"I am one of the team captains of Team Boat," Cox said. "If anyone is interested in riding, they can call me."

This year's MS 150 Bike Tour will be her 10th ride to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system that usually strikes adults ages 20 to 50.

Most people who are diagnosed with MS are women. The unpredictability of the disease makes it unclear whether a person inflicted will live a relatively normal life, which is possible, or struggle with balance, coordination or vision problems.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but advances in medication are developing with the help of fundraisers such as the MS 150 Bike Tour, now in its 21st year.

The bike tour lasts two days and covers 150 miles between Highlands Ranch and Cañon City, where bikers do a loop over the Royal Gorge Bridge.

"It's about 75 miles each day," Cox said. "They have optional loops each day to make it 200 (miles total). If someone feels like they can't ride, they have sag wagons that can pick you up."

The MS 150 Bike Tour is not a race and is well-supported with aid stations, Cox said.

Steamboat's Alex Berger is another captain for Team Boat.

To make a donation to the MS 150 Bike Tour, or to join a team, contact Cox at 846-8007 or lcox@springsips.com

Cox hopes to raise more than $3,000 for the third straight year.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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