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180 Miles from Houston to Austin More than 12,000 cyclist from all across the world gathered on April 20th and 21st for the annual two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin for the 29th Annual BP MS 150, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Team Velosi participated for the first time and we had 17 Riders from the U.S., Malaysia, the Middle East, and the U.K.
As the largest fundraising bike ride in the United States, the BP MS 150 connects thousands of cyclists of all skill levels, along with volunteers and supporters, as they embark on a shared journey to drive awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) and raise $18 million to help those impacted by MS. Total donations as of May 21 are $15,490,185.16, and Team Velosi contributed an impressive $12,862.20 in its first year of participation in the Event!
Team Velosi Riders included Dr. Nabil and Sudhir Pandra from the Middle East office; Bunny Nabil and Pedro Barcelo from the Kuala Lumpur office; Martin Coles and Ben Upton from the U.K. office; John Arriaga, Richard Caddick, Kirsten Chong, Kimberly Cowart, Claudio Di Renzo, Whitney Grant, Isabel Lopez, Kristin Mimms, Ajay Pandith, Robin Philip, Elia Salinas, Matt Skinner, Nick Skinner, Chance Stout, David Tran from the Houston office.
All Riders helped raise funds for the “cause,” and the Houston office held two dedicated fundraising events for the Ride to help offset the costs involved in the event and to contribute to MS research. Volunteer coordinators for the fundraising events and for the Ride weekend were Heather Loomis and Sue Koehler. Everyone in the Houston office volunteered and supported the fundraising, and contributed to the Team’s successful first year.
Team Velosi support personnel traveling to LaGrange and Austin were Team Captain Rebecca Smith, Co-Captain Leland Short, and Volunteers Chris Cox, Heather Loomis and Elia Salinas.
Since the first ride in 1985, the Houston-to-Austin bike ride has remained focused on one mission − raising funds to support cutting-edge research, programs and services for thousands of patients affected by MS. Each participating cyclist makes a contribution that supports these initiatives. While the minimum pledge amount is $400, many participants exceed this amount, raising even more funds that go directly to those impacted by MS. The BP MS 150 continues to garner the interest of new riders each year, who account for approximately 35 percent of participants.
BP MS150 2014 is scheduled for April 12-13, 2014, and we have set the goal of doubling Team Velosi for next year’s ride. Start training now – we hope to see you there!

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