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Our Community: Cycling with Commitment - Matias Sich's 181-Mile Journey for MS Awareness

Our Community: Cycling with Commitment - Matias Sich's 181-Mile Journey for MS Awareness

Matias Sich, an Account Manager at AXSMarine with a devotion to long-distance road races, is gearing up for a remarkable journey. Matias's taking on the Texas Bike MS 150, a challenging 181-mile (291km) ride spanning two days, with a start line just across from the BRS Houston office. The route stretches through La Grange, TX, a quaint city near Austin, before concluding at the Texas A&M College football stadium in College Station. This event isn't just a test of endurance; it's a mission fueled by compassion. As a fundraiser, the Texas Bike MS 150 aims to gather vital funds to support people affected by 🎗Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Why did you decide to participate?

I’ve always had a very humanitarian side from helping the homeless to donating blood. When I heard about this event and how much help it gives to those with Multiple Sclerosis and their families suffering, I had to sign up. Plus, it adds to my love for cycling which is an extra bonus.

What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Last year, I saw a lady with MS in a wheelchair right at the starting line cheering us all on. All along the route there are others with MS doing the same and then people of the very small Texas towns between Houston and College Station cheer us on. All that energy to push you through the 181-mile ride and knowing you’re making a difference in the process…can’t beat that feeling.

How have you been preparing?

I never really stop training during the year going on multiple solo bikes rides every week. The months prior to the ride I will ride 4 to 5 times a week no matter the inclement weather with “off” days consisting of playing football and lifting weights. 

What would you like people to know about multiple sclerosis and why fundraising for MS research is crucial?

I would like to paint this picture for everyone. Imagine waking up one day and your eyesight from your right eye is suddenly blurred or gone. Next day that isn’t the problem, but your left foot starts dragging behind your right foots pace. That’s life with progressive MS, you simply don’t know which body part or function will be impaired next, or in aggressive cases just stop until you’re in a wheelchair.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering participating in Bike MS or a similar event?

Make sure you are aware of your own physical limits, train adequately, but most of all HAVE FUN!

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