BP-MS 150 cancel day one ride due to weather
HOUSTON – After serious consideration, National Multiple Sclerosis Society has decided to cancel Day 1 (Saturday, April 18) of the 2015 BP MS 150 due to conditions at the overnight sites in La Grange and possibility for additional inclement weather. Excessive rainfall and wind that occurred throughout this week has had a significant impact on the two sites where a majority of teams and cyclists camp overnight, Fayette County Fairgrounds and Camp St. Mark’s, and have been determined unsafe and inaccessible.
The City of La Grange Office of Emergency Management have closed these sites. Although the cyclists are a determined group, the ride is unable to go on as planned for Day 1 in a safe and secure manner. Cyclists are not allowed on the Day 1 route on Saturday. The route on Day 1 will be closed and all standard support services— rider support, transportation and breakpoints — along the route will be suspended on Saturday. The Society and its emergency response team are working with local law enforcement agencies along the route to communicate with any cyclists that ride unofficially without the Society’s endorsement.
“The safety and security of all participants are our top priorities and are integral to the continued success of this event,” said Mark Neagli, National MS Society, South Central Region Executive Vice President.
BP MS 150 organizers are working with community partners and local law enforcement agencies to determine the viability of Sunday’s ride from La Grange to Austin. At this time, day two of the ride will proceed on Sunday, April 19 from La Grange to Austin. The start line will now be at the Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange (151 N. Washington St) with a start time of 8 .am. Additional details will be provided on www.bpms150.net.