Team Mozaic Back in the Saddle for Bike MS City to Shore 2016
A cloudy, cold and gray, fall morning leaked a fine drizzle, but it did not dampen the spirits nor deter the will of Team Mozaic’s five-person cycling crew as they rode 160 miles on the weekend of Sept 24 and 25 to participate in the 36th Annual Bike MS City to Shore cycling event. The team’s efforts raised $10,420 for multiple sclerosis (MS) research and the National MS Society. Since Team Mozaic began riding in 2010, the cyclists have raised more than $105,000 in the fight against MS, an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
This year’s Mozaic team featured rookie rider, Rachel Appleyard. Fellow riders were Rachel’s dad, Mike Appleyard, Ed Sigda, and Mary and Bill Bankes. The event drew approximately 7,000 cyclists along with many more volunteers and supporters.
Based on abilities and schedules, cyclists can select their participation level by the number of miles they want to ride in the event—25, 45, 80, 100, 160 and 180. Mozaic’s team rides 160 miles, which is the event’s round trip option from the city (Cherry Hill) to the shore (Ocean City) in New Jersey.
At the end of the first day's ride, as the cyclists hit 5th Street in Ocean City, the crowd thickens with supporters and well-wishers. It’s here where exuberant cheers rally the riders as they peddle to complete their last mile to the finish line. After hands are raised from handlebars in triumph and the exhilaration of finishing the ride subsides, the cyclists park their bikes and are asked to proceed to a reception area—a place where the event’s meaning and purpose gain full light.
“This year, the volunteer that greeted me was a woman of middle age. She was in a wheelchair, disabled by her MS,” explains Mary Bankes, longtime captain of Team Mozaic, veteran MS event cyclist and retired IT services vice president for FIS and Sanchez Computer Associates. “She asked to shake my hand. She congratulated me. She gave me a medal. And she thanked me for riding. You try not to cry at that point and you struggle to find words in reply. It’s then you understand the importance of Bike MS and the helpful part you play in the fight against this terrible disease.”
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