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Ninth MS Melbourne Ride takes to the streets in April

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A cyclists at the MS Melbourne Ride in support of multiple sclerosis. Cycle Traveller

Now in its ninth year, thousands of cyclists will take to the streets in April to cycle for a cause in the MS Melbourne Cycle.

The charity ride, which this year takes place on Sunday 19 April 2015, is a fun, non-competitive event open to all cyclists, whether your a family on bikes or a lycra-clad road warrior. The event aims to raise $750,000 to support those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“MS is a cruel disease that strikes people predominantly in their 20s and 30s, when they are building their careers, starting families and have the world at their feet,” said Robyn Hunter, CEO of MS.

In Australia, four people each working day are diagnosed with the disease, and to date, there is no cure.

“With more than a thousand additional people being diagnosed each year, the demand for services and the need for research only intensify.”

MS Melbourne Ride. Cycle TravellerStarting in Princes Park, Carlton, riders can choose between a leisurely 30km course or a more challenging 50km course. It's also a chance to get out and ride the West Gate Bridge traffic free.

“The ride is a big challenge for many of the participants but everyone is so enthusiastic, and the encouragement of all the volunteers spurs people on,” says Steve van Ruyven, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 at the age of 33. It is his fifth time riding in the event.

The festivities continue after the ride, with entertainment and food stalls at Princes Park. Riders will also have access to full support for the day as well as three drink stops along the route.

How to enter

Entry fees for the MS Melbourne Cycle cover the significant cost of staging the event, meaning every dollar raised through the fundraising component goes directly toward the ongoing provision of services, support, treatment and information to the the 23,000 Australians living with multiple sclerosis.

For more information or to enter, visit the MS Melbourne Ride website.

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