Columbia bicyclists enjoy warm weather
COLUMBIA - Columbia is getting a break from winter weather this weekend and many residents are taking advantage of it.
But one group of bicycle riders said they are out for more than just the warmer temperatures. They're preparing for a ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
"We're getting our first training ride in for the year, and ultimately we're preparing for a Bike MS event in Godfrey, Illinois," said Abe Hightower. "Probably 1,100 riders, something like that, just trying to raise money for MS research."
Bike MS cyclists, volunteers, and donors have raised more than $1.3 billion for the National MS Society.
The event they're training for, Gateway Getaway, is held just after labor day. Bicyclists can choose multiple ride lengths to match their preference.
"So there are two days, Saturday and Sunday, the shortest distance is 25 miles, and there's a 50, 75, and 100 miles each day," Hightower said. "We have a lot of members on our team so varying distances, various people will choose to ride."
Another member of the group, Max McCoy, says he's always supportive of a cause like this.
"You know, Bike MS is such such a great event," McCoy said. "I get to hang out with my buddies, we go down and we do the hundred mile ride and you know it takes a little bit, you know, to do that, but we have a great time for supporting a great cause, you know, to help bring a cure to MS."