Riders in the MS Bike Fraser Valley Experience travelled through Abbotsford on July 13, 2019. This year, the event goes virtual. Abbotsford News file photo

MS Bike fundraiser goes virtual in midst of pandemic

Fraser Valley event in Abbotsford and Langley among those usually held every year

MS Bike goes virtual this year as the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada brings communities together all summer to support Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis.

The virual event takes place on July 25 and 26 at msbike.ca, replacing the annual group rides, including the MS Bike Fraser Valley Experience which travels through Langley and Abbotsford every summer.

The weekend-long virtual event brings together participants to share their stories and connect with one another. Participants raising money for the cause can choose when and how far they ride througout the summer.

This year’s Virtual MS Bike will have weekly challenges such as the fastest kilometre and longest ride, event weekend distance goals of 40 to 200 kilometres, and a a virtual ride across Canada (7,117 kilometres).

RELATED: MS Bike ride travels through Abbotsford as part of scenic route

A live-stream rally featuring members of the MS community begins at noon on July 25.

Interested participants can register online at msbike.ca, set a goal and start cycling. Once registered, they will be able to connect with virtual MS Bike participants across Canada and see how other cyclists are participating from coast to coast.

Typically, the MS Society of Canada and the MS community come together each summer to hold MS Bike events across the country to create awareness and fundraise.

Pamela Valentine, president and CEO of MS Society of Canada, siad it’s important to continue to find ways to connect as as a community and to support one another.

“The current health crisis has impacted all Canadians, and for those affected by MS it’s another uncertain and unpredictable concern on top of an already challenging disease. The need for information and resources for people affected by MS is as important as ever, which is why we must continue our efforts to support the MS community and fund critical research,” she said.

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