Bicyclists hit the road Saturday for a good cause

In this file photo, bicyclists head up State Road on the first leg of the "Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard" fundraiser. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Almost 600 bicyclists pedaled around Martha’s Vineyard Saturday on a perfect spring day for a good cause, the 24th annual “Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard,” a fundraiser to fight multiple sclerosis.

The bicyclists enjoyed sunny, cool, windy weather as they rode along Island roadways. Riders from 16 states participated and raised $450,000, according to organizers.

Bicyclists had a choice of three separate routes, set up to allow riders of all levels to take part. All rides began and ended at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The longest route, ridden by a majority of the cyclists, was a 62.8-mile countryside and ocean view ride that took riders to Aquinnah, then to Katama through Edgartown, and around Oak Bluffs.

The ride is one of more than 100 Bike MS events across the country and the first of the year in New England.

For more information, contact The Greater New England Chapter National MS Society at 781-890-4990,, or