Up to 2,500 cyclists prepare for weekend multiple sclerosis fundraising ride

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter will host it 30th annual Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour, a cycling fundraiser to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21 Four different cycling rides of 15, 30, 100 and 150 miles are available. Officials expect the 2,500 riders will help raise about $2 million in donations for MS research, as well as programs and services for people affected by MS, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. Hansen Beverage Co. of Corona, Calif. and KTLA-TV/Channel 5, the CW affiliate in Los Angeles, have been named presenting sponsors.
Registration is still open, and information is available at www.biketofinishMS.com. Registration donation minimums vary from $150 to $400 per rider depending on which one of the four rides is selected. The fundraiser is open to all levels of cyclists ranging from beginner to expert. The minimum age limit for riders is 12 years. Riders raising the highest dollar amount will be eligible for a variety of incentives and prizes. In the past, the fundraiser has reached its limit of 2,500 riders, the maximum number allowed for safety reasons. Cyclists will include people living with MS, as well as friends and family members of people who have MS. The Bike MS event has been voted “Best Cycling Event” for the past five years by the readers of Competitor Magazine.
A two-day, 100- or 150-mile ride will begin on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, in Irvine, Calif. A one-day, 15- and 30-mile ride will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, with both the start and finish line at Hospitality Point on Quivara Way in Mission Bay. The 15- and 30-mile route is a leisurely ride mostly on bike paths along the shores of Mission Bay.