Local bike team sets million dollar goal to help fight multiple sclerosis

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 11:20 PM

HOUSTON -- The largest charity bike ride in the nation rolls from Houston Saturday morning with 13,000 cyclists headed to Austin. The annual BP MS 150 is all about raising money to fight multiple sclerosis.

Members of one team have their eyes on the prize.

The Houstonian Club Hammerheads Team has set a goal of raising a million dollars for the cause this year. If they succeed, team leaders have vowed to shave their heads.

“I don't have much to shave,” one team member joked.

Each cyclist in the MS150 must raise a minimum of $400. Members of The Houstonian Club Hammerheads Team always exceed that.

"Since our team's inception (in 1998) we've raised over $3 million,” team captain Lisa Rainey said. "And when you take into consideration that we've never had a team larger than 120 riders, that's a lot of money."

The team consistently comes in second place in fundraising behind the ride’s namesake, Team BP.

"Why can't we be number one? People have always looked at BP as the big dogs and we said, 'We're the big dogs too and we can do it,'" Rainey said.

The Hammerheads are giving members until early May to reach the goal and cross the $1,000,000 finish line. Then they hope it’s off to the barbershop.

KHOU 11 is proud to have a team riding in the BP MS 150 also. This is the fifth year the station’s team has participated. Members include reporters Sherry Williams and Tim Wetzel, who will be among the thousands riding for a good cause.

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