Cyclists riding for a cure

MS bike ride in New Bern this weekend

POSTED: 7:10 PM Sep 06 2013   UPDATED: 5:54 PM Sep 06 2013
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NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Cyclists and volunteers are gearing up for the 25th Annual Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride.

Vice President for Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Shannon Hinson said, it feels like Christmas after all the preparation.

“It takes a whole year so it builds up to this one weekend, and it feels like a big party,” Hinson said.

The two-day cycling event raises millions for Multiple Sclerosis -an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Currently, MS has no cure.

Last year, the event raised about $7.1 million, and this year Hinson said they hope to raise $8.1 million.

Cyclists can ride a 30, 75, 50, or 100 mile course through Craven, Pamlico, and Beaufort County. The event expects more than 2,000 cyclists, and 500 volunteers throughout the weekend.

The New Bern Police said they will not close roads in the city. They expect minimal delays at major intersections. The police traffic unit will be in the city limits to help manage traffic flow.

A cyclist with MS, Elizabeth Paige, said this event helps people with MS feel stronger.

“They have the control to do something to combat the disease. There will be a lot of people here who won't be as fortunate as I am who have MS that won't be able to ride, but their spouse, sister, brother, or friend will be riding for them,” Paige said.

Paige has been riding in the event for the past 13 years. She said events like these help tremendously with research.

"When I was diagnosed in 1995, we didn’t even have any drugs that could alter the course of this disease," Paige said.

Paige’s friends and family come every year to support her by riding, and to join in the fight for the more than two million people worldwide waiting on a cure.