TOMS Mystery Box – Guess What’s Inside!

The TOMS Mystery Box unveils the next chapter of One for One. For TOMS, the next chapter starts on June 7th, when they wont be just a shoe company anymore, but the One for One™ company. What’s your next chapter? How do you want to build a better tomorrow?

Join us at the Memorial City Sun & Ski Sports or the Grapevine Sun & Ski Sports, June 7th, for the launch of the new product from TOMS. Take a guess of what’s in the box for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card from Sun & Ski Sports!

Haro Bikes – Ramp It Up BMX Demo Force

Come watch Haro BMX riders Allan Cooke, Dan Sieg and Land George demo Haro bikes. Plus, test ride a Haro bike on our mobile park set up. You choose the bike, we provide the fun!

Bay Area Sun & Ski Sports
June 10, 2011
11 AM – 6 PM
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Westheimer Sun & Ski Sports
June 11, 2011
1 PM – 7 PM
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June 12, 2011
11 AM – 5 PM
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Sun & Ski Sports to host its annual “Bike U”

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Sun & Ski Sports is calling all cyclists! Whether you’re on a racing team, training for the 2010 BP MS150 or just learning how to ride a bike, Sun & Ski Sports invites to you to attend its annual “Bike U,” Customer Appreciation Weekend, January 22 from 6-10 p.m. and January 23 from 1-4 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer.

“Bike U” will feature cycling-specific clinics designed in helping you prepare for training, eating right, riding with more skill, and aiding you to graduate to more challenging events. Hands-on clinics include road maintenance, safety, training, general maintenance, women’s specific, nutrition and MS150 preparation.

Along with the cycling-specific clinics, Sun & Ski Sports will provide free food and drinks, door-prizes will be given away throughout the night and bike manufacture reps will be present to answer any questions you may have about their products.

“Whether you’re a longtime cyclist or brand new to the sport, Bike U provides the latest product information and safety, nutrition and maintenance clinics that help keep everyone safe on the road,” said Dale Mikulan, Sun & Ski Sports Merchandise Manager-Bikes, whose stores sell more bicycles in Houston than any other bike shop in the city.

Are you looking for tips on general bike maintenance? This clinic will equip you for minor derailleur adjustments, drive train lubrication and visual inspections that will have your bike riding easier and smoother.

Safety first is one of the main concerns of riding your bike. The safety clinic will frame your mind, help with road etiquette for fast or slow riders and will provide you with a 12-step program for group cycling.

Cycling is not only a sport for men, but also a sport for women. At the women’s specific clinic, everyone will learn what clothing and equipment is needed for the female body, how to improve the cycling experience for women and how women should respond to sport’s risks.

Does your bike feel uncomfortable or painful when you ride? Improper bike fit can cause serious discomfort, which includes, back pains, burning feet, stabbing knee, sore hands, achy shoulders and a stiff neck. Sun & Ski Sports will offer a free bike fit analysis to every attendee at “Bike U” with its CRM Body Scanning Laser Fit. This will provide you with maximum efficiency and comfort while riding your bike. Be sure to bring your bike!

As part of comfort and efficiency, Sun & Ski Sports will also provide the Look Keo Laser Cleat FIT System. This will properly analyze your pedal stroke along with optimizing your most efficient cleat position.

Visit sunandski.com/events for a complete schedule of all clinics.

A full-service bike store, Sun & Ski Sports sponsors the third largest fundraising team in the MS Society Lone Star Chapter’s MS 150 and the Tour de Houston and is title sponsor of the Southern Elite Cycling Team (past seven years), Sun & Ski Sports Criterium Races and Sun & Ski Sports Tour de Donut. Known for its highly individualized approach to outfitting cycling experts as well as beginners, the store provides customers free customized bike fits and lifetime adjustments on all bike purchases.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world. For further “Bike University” info, contact Natalie Moreno, Promotions & Special Events Manager, (281) 340-5000, ext. 145, or at nmoreno@retailconcepts.cc.

Clinic Schedules

Friday, January 22 – Clinic Schedule

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance
Safety Women Specific MS 150 Prep Nutrition
Training Nutrition Safety Women Specific
General Maintenance MS 150 Prep Training Road Side Maintenance

Saturday, January 23 – Clinic Schedule

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance
General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance
MS 150 Prep MS 150 Prep MS 150 Prep

Sun & Ski Donates New Warm Clothing to Star of Hope for Freezing Weekend Weather

Houston – Jan. 6, 2010… Homeless shelters like Star of Hope are filled to capacity and sleeping an additional 50 to 90 people on floor mats at their Women and Family Emergency Shelter. They try to accommodate everyone and give them the safety and protection of being indoors.

Sun & Ski Sports is lending a helping hand by donating 369 pieces of new clothing to assist in keeping these people warm during this arctic blast. Pieces of clothing include insulated ski pants, bibs and jackets.

During the Thanksgiving season, Sun & Ski Sports organizes “Share Your Warmth,” a winter clothing drive that collects new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves at their five Houston-area locations. The warm clothing is donated to the Star of Hope. Last year, four and half tons of warm clothing was donated.

Sun & Ski Sports understands the importance of staying warm and wants to support the Star of Hope with this additional donation to comfort the homeless during these below freezing temperatures.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world.

For further information, call 281-340-5000, ext. 145 or visit www.sunandski.com.

Fall Cross Practice

Date: 09/15/09 thru 10/26/09 | Time: 5:30-7:00 Tuesday Nights

Cyclocross season is almost here and you’ll need to be fully prepared for it! Fall cross practice will take place through October and will help you get prepared for race day. Get your body in shape for cyclocross! You’ll be able to experience different challenges and practices with the course changing weekly. Registration will begin at 5:45 pm, with the course opening at 6:00 pm and the racing starting at 6:30 pm. You must have a USAC license. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a one-day license for $5. Registration for the event costs $5.

Location: West side river park at 21st and Woodward Park in Tulsa.

Highlights and Benefits

  • Practice barrier runs
  • Practice dismounts/remounts
  • Test out a new set up
  • Hone that skill for race day
  • Build your shape for cross
  • Mountain Bikes welcome

Contact Information

  • Event Director: Tanner Culbreath
  • Phone: 918-408-6733
  • E-Mail: tanner.culbreath@jenksps.org

Legal This is a noncompetitive training event; No money will be awarded. All USAC cycling rules do apply, and you must wear your helmet whenever you are riding your bike. Parents and guardians must sign a release form for all participants under the age of 18.

Top 10 Spots for an Outdoor Adventure

We’ve compiled a small list of a few spots to check out this Labor Day weekend (or any weekend for that matter), if you’ve got the itch for an outdoor adventure!

  1. Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, TX
    This 30-mile trail takes you through an array of habitats and scenery from pinon, juniper and oak woodlands of the Chisos, making the Outer Mountain Loop Big Bend’s signature multi-day backpacking trail. The Outer Mountain Loop is formed by combining the Pinnacles, Juniper Canyon, Dodson, Blue Creek and Laguna Meadows Trails. Click here for more information on this trail and others at Big Bend National Park.
  2. Teton Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, WY

  3. Mount Whitney, Sequoia National Park, CA
    The tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney is the most popular peak in the Sierra Nevada. Mt. Whitney is on the east side of the Great Western Divide that runs through the center of the Sequoia National Park and peaks at 4417 meters. Technical climbing gear is usually unnecessary between mid-July and early October but you may need ice axes and crampons during spring and early summer. Click here for more information.
  4. Endless Wall Trail, New River Gorge, WV
    One of the lesser-known hiking destination at New River Gorge National Park, the Endless Wall Trail provides great views of almost 1000 feet of the New River and some of the best rock climbing in the eastern United States. Click here for more information.
  5. Durrance Route, Devils Tower National Park, WY

  6. Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mnts, TN / NC
    Peaking at 6643 feet, the Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the most popular park destinations. Providing beautiful views spanning over 100 miles, the Clingmans Dome is a definite must visit for any outdoor adventurer. For more information on the Clingmans Dome and other spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, click here.
  7. Highland Creek Trail, Wind Cave National Park, SD
    This 8.6 mile trail begins along the Wind Cave Canyon Trail and is the longest, most diverse trail in the park. Click here for more information on this trail and others at Wind Cave National Park.
  8. Half Dome Day Hike, Yosemite National Park, CA
    This strenuous 14 to 16 mile hike is not for the faint-hearted or unprepared due to consistent elevation gain most of the way up. The majority of hikers usually take between 10 to 12 hours roundtrip to hike Half Dome but longer hours are not uncommon. It’s best to leave as early as possible but at least by sunrise to make it back in time before nightfall. Read more about this hike and others at Yosemite National Park.
  9. Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park, WA
    One of the most popular day hikes in the park, the Cascade Pass Trail provides spectacular views of glaciers and peaks, such as Eldorado, Johannesburg, Magic and McGregor. This is the shortest trail to the alpine environment. Continue on to the Sahale Arm Trail for an extended 6-mile hike. Find out more about this trail and others.
  10. Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
    This 14,259 feet mountain is the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains. Climbing Longs Peak is not for the inexperienced and requires technical climbing equipment for most of the year. Click here for more information on this and other climbing spots at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

These are just a few of the many places to check out on your next outing. Have you already visited some of these places? Let us know your experience or any other spots you recommend for others to check out.

FIT Champions, FIT Cypress, & FIT Pearland – Training for Marathon Runners

FIT Champions, FIT Cypress, and FIT Pearland are marathon and half-marathon training programs devoted to getting you in the best shape of your life, in preparation for the Houston Marathon. Upon joining, you will receive day-by-day training schedules, Saturday morning group runs, access to trained coaches, informational seminars and a Fit Marathon Training T-shirt.

As a bonus for signing up, Sun & Ski Sports will be giving away discount cards for 15% off all full-price merchandise and 10% off bikes!

Here’s what you get when you join:

  • A training program for runners designed with the goal of completing the 2010 Houston Marathon
  • FIT coaches are devoted to getting you in the best shape of your life in a non-intimidating, fun, and safe environment.

What FIT Programs Have To Offer:

  • Easy-to-follow training schedule
  • Seminars at most of our weekly training runs
  • Knowledgeable and supportive head coaches and assistant coaches
  • FIT training technical shirt
  • Saturday morning group runs
  • An online discussion forum to stay in touch and get help during the week

Registration Information

The last day for in-person registration is at 7:00 AM on July 18th. Visit the following locations to register in-person or register online through the end of July.

Final Stop of the Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour

Regional Amateur Skateboarding Tour

HOUSTON, TX. (July 9, 2009) – Some of the top amateur skateboarders in the state will be descending on Katy, Texas to compete in the newly formed Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour (The RAT). Presented by the Don McGill SCION of Katy, the RAT Tour will take place outside Sun & Ski Sports at the Katy Mills Mall on Saturday, July 18th. The RAT is a partnership between Houston based Sun & Ski Sports and Geiger Media. It has featured events in the four biggest markets in Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and now Houston.

The goal for this series is to give Texas skaters an opportunity to come hang out with their friends, have some fun and compete for some great cash and prizes. The four competitions will take place on a custom mini-ramp created by pro vert skater Mike Crum and the crew at Push Productions. In addition to the mini-ramp competition, the final RAT event will feature a street “Best Trick” competition utilizing a select street obstacle. Over $2500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in each category.

“It’s been several years since the state of Texas has had an organized series like this and it’s time.” said event creator/organizer Bill Geiger. “The sport is blowing up across the country and Texas is definitely a hot spot. We had great participation at our first three events and I expect the final stop to be the biggest yet!”

In addition to Don McGill SCION and Sun & Ski Sports, Stop #4 of The RAT series is sponsored by McDonalds Restaurants, Monster Energy Drink, FUEL TV, Comcast Cable, Kicker Audio, Skullcandy, Guapo Skateboards, Hype Skateboards, Element Skateboards and Triple 8 Helmets. Media partners include FUEL-TV, the Houston Press and 94.5 KTBZ-FM. Additional entertainment for the Houston event provided by DJ XBoyRD and drummer J-Notice. McDonalds is also partnering with Katy based ARTreach serving children at risk and children and adults with special needs in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and the Woodlands.

For more information including schedules, locations, registration, etc., go to www.SkateTheRat.com.

Sun & Ski Sports Sponsors 6th Annual Wakeboarding Event

H-Town Showdown Wakeboard Tournament

The Gulf Coast Wakeboarding Association along with Houston Watersports Complex and Sun & Ski Sports present the 6th Annual H-Town Showdown Wakeboarding Tournament held at the Houston Watersports Complex, Saturday, July 18 from 9 AM to 6 PM, showcasing the best riders in the state as well as some of the biggest payouts of the year. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Texas Adaptive Aquatics, a non-profit organization, teaching disabled children and adults how to water ski.

Registration will be held on site at 8 AM with a 9 AM start time. The tournament ranges from beginner riders to those trying to qualify for the pro-tour. Levels of riding will be based on demand; the levels currently include Beginner Boys, Beginner Women, Beginner Men, Intermediate Women, Intermediate Men, Advanced, Expert, Outlaw and Wakeskate. Nautique and Sanger will be the official boat sponsors for this year’s tournament, providing riders with some of today’s best tow boats. Events are lined up for participants and spectators, music provided by Wetsounds and DJ Worm, a GCWA raffle, and the Sun & Ski Sports pro shop.

  • Date:
  • Saturday, July 18, 2009
  • 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Address:
  • Houston Watersports Complex
  • 15200 Nautique Way
  • Houston, Tx 77047
  • Phone: (713) 920-2157
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MS150 FAQs

BIKE INSPECTIONS

MS150 Bike Inspections are available in the bike department at all Sun & Ski Sports! Make sure to get your inspection done, NOW!!! The longer you wait, the longer your bike will have to stay there to get inspected!!!

FITNESS, NUTRITION & TRAINING TIPS

CHECK IN WITH SUN & SKI SPORTS – AN OFFICIAL MS150 BIKE SHOP

A good bike shop is the best place to get all the information and recommendations you need based on your fitness level and experience. Sun & Ski Sports specializes in outfitting for the MS 150.

KEEP TRACK OF YOUR MILEAGE

Tracking your mileage is the best way to assess your improvement. Odometers are available at all Sun & Ski Sports. You can also pre-measure the course or route by driving it first. This will also help you judge the best plan of action in trying a new route.

Mapmyride.com is a great online service for developing your own routes as well.

START WITH SHORT RIDES

Take a week or so and do 15 miles a day. Don’t worry about speed or time, just complete the 15 miles. This will help you get used to your bike and help you gain basic cardiovascular fitness.

SOMETIMES DOUBLE UP YOUR MILEAGE

After you work up to the 15 miles a day, occasionally attempt an endurance day by doubling your mileage. Try to maintain the same pace throughout, but make sure you don’t over do it.

DO HILLS AND INTERVALS

After about 500 miles of basics, challenge yourself with more advanced riding. After a nice warm up, find a hill that you can climb without totally exhausting yourself. After riding up the fill, recover on the way down and then go up again. As your fitness improves, add more repetitions.

Interval training works the same way. During a moderate day ride, pick a distance (a block, a mile, 2 lightposts) and speed up to a sprint. Start with one per ride and gradually add more, longer sprints each time you ride.

PARTICIPATE IN RECOMMENDED TRAINING RIDES

Take advantage of local recommended training rides by visiting sunandski.com/ms150 or MS150.org. All recommended training rides vary in mileage and locations for difference experience levels on all types of terrains.

EAT & DRINK & RIDE

Eating and drinking right is just as much a key element of training for and riding in the BP MS 150 as the number of miles a rider spends on a bike. The best way to take charge of your body is to use common sense.

However, always consult your physician before starting any training program. It is important to be well hydrated before, during and after a ride. If you do not drink enough fluids, dehydration will result, causing nausea, muscle cramps, chills, and lack of motivation. Dehydration could lead to heat stroke, a serious medical condition. To prevent dehydration, we recommend you use the following general guidelines: On all rides, you should drink 4 to 8 ounces of water or a carbohydrate drink every 15 to 30 minutes. Drink more if it’s hot, humid, or you’re really riding hard. On rides over two hours in duration, carbohydrate replacement drinks empty more slowly from the stomach, so the total amount you drink should be increased to 5 to 10 ounces every 15 to 30 minutes. These energy drinks will help increase your performance, reduce cramps, and lessen the possibility of heat stroke. In addition, energy bars will help you avoid the famous “BONK” that many cyclists experience on longer rides. You should eat 3 or energy bars on long rides.

It should be noted that over hydration (Hyponatremia) does happen so riders should adhere to the information above as best they can.

Hyponatremia: (over hydration): When more fluid is consumed than can be excreted, over hydration occurs. The blood vessels overfill, and fluid moves from the blood vessels into the spaces around cells, causing swelling (edema).

NUTRITION/HYDRATION TIPS FOR THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE MS150

  • Before the MS150 start eating lots of carbohydrates like pasta, rice, breads, potatoes, and keep your meals balanced. You still need protein, vegetables, dairy, and fruits.
  • Stay well hydrated, but do not over hydrate. Over hydration can be life threatening.
  • You should take Friday off of any exercise. You could do low mileage easy spin ride on Thursday, just to stay loose.
  • Get plenty of sleep Friday night.
  • Eat a well balanced breakfast Saturday morning. Allow yourself time to digest.
  • Drink and eat early into the ride, do not wait and become dehydrated, and, or “bonk” (run out of fuel by not eating).
  • Take gels and bars with you. Fill one bottle with electrolyte replacement (like Gatorade), and the other with water. Stop at rest stops to refill water, electrolyte drink, and eat.

RULES OF THE ROAD

BE PREDICTABLE

Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.

USE SIGNALS

Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with fellow cyclists and with other traffic. Hand signals for turning and stopping are as follows: left arm straight out to signal a left turn; left arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping; and for a right turn, put your right arm straight out or put your left arm out and up.

GIVE WARNINGS

Warn cyclist behind you well in advance of changes in your direction or speed. To notify the group of a change in path, the lead rider should call out “left turn” or “right turn” in addition to giving a hand signal.

CHANGE POSITIONS CORRECTLY

Generally, slower traffic stays right so you should pass other on their left. Say “on your left” to warn the cyclist ahead of you that you are passing. If you need to pass someone on the right, say “on your right” clearly since this is an unusual maneuver.

HAZARDS

When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, glass, sand, grates and other hazards. The leader should indicate hazards by pointing down to the left or right and by shouting “hole,” “bump,” etc. where required for safety.

WATCH FOR TRAFFIC COMING FROM THE REAR

Because those in front cannot see traffic approaching from the rear, it is the responsibility of the riders in back to inform the others by saying “car Back.” Around curves, on narrow roads or when riding double, it is also helpful to warn of traffic approaching from the front with “car up.”

WATCH OUT AT INTERSECTIONS

When approaching intersections that require vehicles to yield or stop, the lead rider will say “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind to change in speed. When passing through an intersection, some cyclists say “clear” if there is no cross traffic. Note that each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the way is indeed clear.

LEAVE A GAP FOR CARS

When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap for cars between every three or four bicycles. That way a motorist can take advantage of shorter passing intervals and eventually move around the entire group.

MOVE OFF THE ROAD WHEN YOU STOP

Whether you are stopping because of mechanical problems or to regroup with your companions, move well off the road so you don’t interfere with traffic. When you start up again, each cyclist should look for, and yield to traffic.

RIDE ONE OR TWO ACROSS

Ride single file or double file as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions and where allowed by law. Most state vehicle codes permit narrow vehicles such as bicycles and motorcyclists to ride double file within the lane. Even where riding double is legal, courtesy dictates that you single up when cars are trying to pass you.

OTHER SAFETY TIPS

  • Go over your MS 150 Cyclist’s Checklist to make sure you are prepared.
  • Make sure to carry your personal I.D., medical conditions, cash, credit card, and cell phone.
  • Think safety on the ride, use a rear view mirror, call out and signal road hazards. Use hand signals and call out turns, stopping, and slowing. Let riders know when you are passing, call out “passing on your left”. Ride single file and as far right to the shoulder of the road. Be courteous to motorists and fellow cyclists.
  • Make sure your bike is ready and inspected. Top your tires off with air before the start. Make sure you have spare tubes, CO2, mini pump, patch kit, tire levers, and folding tool.

TIPS ABOUT WEATHER CONDITIONS

  • Make sure to watch the weather forecast for the weekend.
  • Pack rain and cold weather clothing. Mother Nature can dish out some rain and cold in April… the ride still goes on! Those that are prepared will make it to Austin.
  • Be prepared for wet, muddy grounds in La Grange. Please bring appropriate gear, such as extra shoes, socks, tarps for placing under sleeping bags, etc.

MS150 LOGISTICS

TRANSPORTATION BACK TO HOUSTON

If anyone needs to purchase bus transportation on Friday or Sunday for a ride back to Houston, click here. It’s $35.00.

RIDER PACKET

Team Sun & Ski Sports uses the MS Society for Rider Packet Pick-ups because the locations are all over the Houston area and they have many different days and times to go and pick up your packets. Please visit the MS Society website to find the one closest and most convenient for you.

To make the process run more smoothly go ahead and print out a waiver and bring it with you.

Riders under the age of 18 must have a Waiver Form signed by a parent or guardian. The Waiver MUST also be NOTARIZED before attending a Packet Pick-Up. Notary services are not available at any Packet Pick-Up location.

TEAM SUN & SKI LOGISTICS FOR THE WEEKEND

START

  • Team Sun & Ski will meet at 5:30 am @ Omni Houston Hotel at Westside.
  • Look for the UPS truck with a Sun & Ski banner on it and drop your bags and sleeping gear off.
  • Please limit your luggage to 2 bags; one duffel bag with essentials & another with your sleeping bag and pillow.
  • We will gather as a team at the Sun & Ski Sports staging area in front of the main stage.
  • Ride will begin sharply at 6:45 am. We are the 3rd team in line to leave the stadium and we will have our own private start.

TEAM LUNCH IN BELLVILLE

  • We will be in Bellville for lunch at the yellow Sun & Ski tent, located by the bike repair tent at the top of the hill.
  • We will have sandwiches, Gatorade, water, cookies & other goodies.

TEAM PARTY & SLEEPING TENT IN LA GRANGE

  • When you arrive you will see Sun & Ski flags and a balloon over our tent.
  • You will claim your luggage in the main Sun & Ski tent and put it in the sleeping tent.
  • There will be a BBQ dinner, music, massages, beer and fun! There will be a party tent and a sleeping tent.
  • If your family/friends would like to volunteer from 2-7 pm (help host Team Sun & Ski tent), email teamcaptain@sunandski.com
  • Sunday morning there will be a light breakfast available at the Sun & Ski tent (muffins & bagels) AND COFFEE!!! For those Coffee Drinkers!
  • You will leave your bags in the sleeping tent and UPS will pick them up and take them to Austin for you.
  • Reminder: Check out the packing list to know what to bring.

FOR THE SLEEPING TENT IN LA GRANGE

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping pad or TWIN sized air mattress & hand pump
  • Compression sack
  • Luggage tag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight/Head lamp
  • Spare medication & glasses
  • Sandals/shower shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Backpack/duffel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Water bottles / Hydration pack
  • Camp towel
  • Energy bars/snacks
  • Ear plugs / Headphones

BASTROP LUNCH

Sun & Ski will NOT have a lunch stop at Bastrop. The MS Society will have a lunch tent though, so please make sure to fill up on lunch to fuel your body for the finish.

AUSTIN TEAM FINISH LINE TENT

  • When you arrive you will see the Sun & Ski tent at the finish line. Your luggage will be there waiting for you.
  • We will have LUNCH (hamburgers & hotdogs), snacks, water and beer there for you & we will toast to the wonderful cause that you contributed to!
  • If your family/friends or significant others would like to volunteer starting at 11 am, (help host Team Sun & Ski tent & welcome riders), email teamcaptain@sunandski.com
  • There are shower trucks (18-wheelers converted into showers) for you to be able to take a shower in Austin. Make sure you do this before heading back to Houston as your friends and family members may not like you much if you don’t.
  • Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen after your shower, especially if you plan to hang out in Austin for a while. You can get very sunburnt just by standing around.
  • Don’t forget to visit the MS Society Volunteer Tent in Austin to meet a few of the people who you are riding for, pick up your completion certification and your pin. – YOU DID IT, YOU SHOULD GET THE RECOGNITION!

PACKING LIST

Each rider is allowed 2 pieces of luggage with each weighing under 25 lbs. Use the luggage tags from your Rider Number Packet and attach to each piece. Be sure to include a personal tag as well with name and cell phone.

EN ROUTE

  • Helmet – REQUIRED
  • Rider Numbers and wristband – REQUIRED (included in your packet from the MS Society)
  • Padded bike shorts and jersey
  • Cold Weather Clothing (it can get cold in April)
  • Cycling gloves and shoes
  • Sunglasses, lip balm and sunscreen
  • Tire patch kit, spare tubes, multi-tool and tire pump
  • Identification (driver’s license)
  • Insurance information (a copy is always good to carry with you)
  • Emergency cash and credit card
  • Water bottles/hydration pack
  • Jacket/rain poncho
  • Camera and film

IN OVERNIGHT BAG

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Towel for shower
  • Toiletries, including medications, soap and shampoo
  • Shower Shoes – Crocs work great for a shower/comfortable shoe to wear around the fairgrounds
  • Change of clothes for Saturday evening
  • Plastic cover for bike seat on Saturday night
  • Night Clothes (pjs)
  • Riding clothes for Sunday
  • Change of clothes for bus trip home
  • Comfortable shoes

FUNDRAISING

Reach Above and Beyond, it’s time to pull out all of the stops, try to beat your fundraising goal!!! It’s the whole reason that we ride from Houston to Austin…fundraising to help end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

All purchases made in the store with your Sun & Ski Discount Card will not be applied to your MS150 fundraising account until after the ride is complete. We wait until the money is due to the MS Society and write one large check with a breakdown of who gets what amount of money and it will be added to your personal fundraising accounts.