Team Ohio – Ride Weekend Details

SaraTeam OH

The time has come, the ride is here!! Now to make sure you’re ready…
Here’s all the important info you need in order to have an INCREDIBLE weekend riding to #crushMS: 
 

TEAM FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

  • So far we’ve CRUSHED our fundraising goal and raised $73,992 and are currently the top fundraising team by a long shot! GREAT JOB everyone! Even though we passed our goal we still have plenty of time to raise more money, so PLEASE keep it up and watch those donations roll in! 
  • Please keep fundraising to #crushMS since that’s what it’s all about!! 
  • FAQ: What if I don’t meet the $300 minimum before the ride?
    • If you have not turned in the minimum donation by the start of the event, the National MS Society will discuss payment options with you, including charging the balance on a credit card.
      • Please note your rider packet will not be issued without reaching the $300 minimum
    • Fundraising deadline: September 20th, 2018 

TLH JERSEY & BIB PICK-UPS:

  • Thursday 8/2 at Winking Lizard Peninsula from 6pm – 8pm
    • Pick up your TLH jersey and your BIBS (if you ordered them)
      • Please note, MS rider packets will not be available 
    • Grab goodies from some of our sponsors including Justin’s, Nuun & Allegro
    • Meet some of your teammates 
    • BIKE RAFFLE DRAWING!! We’ll be pulling the winner of the bike raffle at 7:30pm!
    • Golden Ticket Auction! Yep – this is your chance to win a “Golden Ticket” to skip to the front of our massage therapist line when you reach Ashland on Saturday! Tickers are $5 each of 3 for $10.
  • Friday 8/3 at Century Cycles Medina from Noon – 6pm
    • Swing by Century Cycles Medina anytime after noon (and before 6pm)
    • Grab your team jersey
    • Stock up on any supplies you need for your bike or the weekend
    • Load up on goodies from our sponsors 
  • Saturday 8/4 at the starting line at Brunswick High School from 5:45am – 7:00am
    • Can’t make it to either pick up during the week? No sweat! You can grab your jersey at the starting line on Saturday morning – just look for Sara and all the Left Hand logos anytime 5:45am – 7am. 

MS RIDER PACKET PICK-UPS:

  • Friday 8/3 at Brunswick High School from Noon – 7:00pm
    • PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO PACKET PICK UP AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE RIDE
    • Remember, there must be a completed waiver on file for each rider you are picking up on behalf of, and no packet will be issued if a rider’s $300 fundraising minimum has not been met

WEEKEND WEATHER UPDATES:

  • Saturday:
    • High of 86, low of 68
    • Mostly sunny and pleasant with clear skies
    • Winds W at 5 to 10 mph
  • Sunday:
    • High of 90, low of 71
    • Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible later in the day
    • Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph

WHAT TO BRING: 

  • Make sure you bring everything you need to have a safe, comfortable ride… don’t forget your:
    • Amazing 2018 TLH jersey
    • Helmet (you aren’t allowed to ride without one!)
    • Shoes
    • Cellphone
    • Water bottles
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • ID (for drinking beer at the finish line – you cannot drink without it!)
    • Medical Insurance Cards
    • Spare tires/fix a flat kit
    • Ziploc baggies (in case of rain)
    • Rain gear (weather dependent)
    • PILLOW AND FAN FOR THE DORM (NO A/C)
    • CASH to buy your 2018 TLH shirt and tip our amazing massage therapists in our Team Tent
    • LUAU WEAR! You read that right… We’re throwing a Luau this year, so dust off your coconut bra, grab your grass skirt & best tropical shirt and come prepared to hula with a beer in hand!

ROUTES: 

  • Check out the Route options for Day 1 & Day 2 – maps & turn by turn directions are available on the MS Society website
  • Be sure to look for Lady Petch’s sign along the route – anytime you see the Left Hand Brewing logo smile big and give our amazing Team Photographer a friendly Left Hand air-five!TLH photo sign OH

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: 

Saturday Morning – 

  • PLAN FOR TRAFFIC! The parking lot at Brunswick HS is always PACKED the morning of the ride – GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME TO GET IN, GET PARKED AND GET READY!  
    • 5:30am – Starting line opens
    • 6:00am – Line up for official Team Photo
    • 6:15am – Ceremonial Start
    • 6:30am – First Cyclists Depart
    • 8:00am – All cyclists must be on the course
  • Jersey pick up – Couldn’t make it to one of our jersey pick ups? No problem! Sara will be set up at the starting line with the remaining jerseys, Justin’s, Nuun, etc. Just look for the group of Team Left Hand jerseys gathering by the starting line
  • TEAM PHOTO – 6:00am! Meet at the bleachers at the starting line at 6:00am for our official Team  photo.
  • LINE UP TO ROLL OUT AFTER THE TEAM PHOTO! Plan to take off with the group just after the opening ceremonies (around 6:35am). 
    • As the top fundraising Team we are one of the first to roll out for the day. If you want to leave with the majority of our Team make sure you’re there early and ready to roll right after our photo and opening ceremonies

Saturday Team Tent Village  – 12pm to 8pm:  

  • Team Tent:
    • Our amazing volunteers & sponsors have worked hard to make this year’s Team Tent amazing, as always. After you finish riding, plan to hang out in our LUAU THEMED Team Tent and enjoy…
      • KEG FOOTH BATHS! 
      • COLD LEFT HAND BEER! 
      • SMOKED MEATS & PINEAPPLE (Thanks Yeagers!!) and other delicious food and snacks
      • GOOD TIMES AND LAUGHS WITH OUR TEAM!
      • LUAU PHOTO BOOTH!
      • 2 TEAM MASSAGE THERAPISTS
    • Speaking of Massage Therapists… 
      • With such high demand last year (and a larger team this year), we now have 2 private Team Massage Therapists!
      • $20 CASH for 20 minutes (all donated back to the Team)
      • Sign up for a time and pay when you arrive at our tent in Ashland
      • Please BRING EXTRA CASH TO TIP YOUR THERAPIST! They are donating their time and money raised back to the Team, so please bring extra cash to tip handsomely at the end of your much needed and well deserved massage. 
      • Massages are first come, first served and limited to one 20 minute spot per rider
        • We will do our best to accommodate as many Team members as possible but appreciate your understating we might not get to everyone. There will also be massages provided by MS Society volunteers available to all riders from 11am – 6pm.
  • Team Photo:
    • Be at our tent at 4:30pm for our TEAM PHOTO! Bring your smiles, a beer and your best tropic vibes!
  • Meals:
    • Included for all riders
      • YOU MUST WEAR YOUR BIKE MS WRISTBAND to receive meals in Ashland’s dining hall
    • Guest meal passes can be purchased directly from the Ashland University Staff in the cafeteria 
    • We’ll also have a great spread to enjoy in our team tent (aka first dinner) 
  • Beer!!!! Served 2pm – 8pm (no exceptions due to event permits)
    • All riders receive 3 pints (except TLH… we don’t count for you *shhhhh*)
    • Guest beer wristbands can be purchased at the ID Check Booth for $20 each
    • Don’t forget your ID! Even if you are on our Team and have been legally drinking for decades…. NO ID = NO BEER
  • Parking: 
    • If you’re leaving your car overnight or have family/friends meeting you in Ashland, please follow the signs and park in Lot M
    • Volunteers and Guests, please park in lots F or J
  • Luggage & dorm key pick up:
    • 10am – 6pm in the Convocation Center Lobby 
  • Bike Lockup: 
    • In the football stadium near the finish line 
  • Site Map: 
    • Click HERE for a handy map of the Ashland University Campus
  • Other Activities: 
    • 11am – 9pm: Enjoy access to Ashland University’s Recreation Center
      • Activities include:
        • Massages provided by MS Society volunteers (11:00am-6:00pm)
        • Game Room (Ping Pong, Billiards, X-Box, Nintendo, etc.)
        • Volleyball, Soccer, Cornhole, Racquetball & Wallyball
        • Swimming Pool (2pm-9pm)
        • Climbing Wall (2pm-7pm)
        • Golf Simulator
        • Outdoor Sand Volleyball
      • All activities end at 9pm unless otherwise noted
      • Remember to bring your ID for access to the Rec Center

Saturday Morning – 

  • Ashland Cafeteria opens for hot breakfast at 5:30am. 
  • Bike lockup opens at 5:45am
  • The course opens at 6:30am, so gather your friends and ride when you’re ready! Everyone must be on the course by 8:00am. 

 EVENT WEEKEND INFO: 

  • Want a full, detailed rundown of the weekend? Check out the Buckeye Breakaway Weekend Agenda
  • Important Number – 1-888-MS150ER
    • Call this number if you need assistance at any point during the event

SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • We’d love to see your photos  from the weekend! Make sure to tag Left Hand Brewing & Team Left Hand on Facebook and Twitter and use hashtags #crushMS and #TeamLeftHand on all social media platforms!

TEAM AWARDS:

  • And here they are.. keep these 2018 TEAM AWARDS in mind throughout the weekend…
    • Best Looking in Spandex
    • Foot Bath Hog
    • Gut It Out
    • Most Inspirational Rider
    • Rookie Rider of the Year
    • Best Team Tent Theme interpretation 
    • King or Queen of the snacks
    • Wake Up Dead on Sunday
    • BEST SELFIE!! 
      • We’re really excited about this one… use the hashtags #crushMS AND #TeamLeftHand and post your best selfies to social media! We’ll choose the winner at out year end party!

VOLUNTEERS: 

  • We simply couldn’t do everything over the weekend and throughout the year without our AMAZING support crew of volunteers! Be sure to THANK THEM PROFUSELY over the entire weekend!!