Friday August 09, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Travel with care this weekend if you're driving in and around Biddeford as the roadways will be busy with cyclists participating in the 29th annual Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway.


This is the first year the MS ride has used Biddeford's University of New England as its home base and the move from its previous inland location allows riders in the two-day event to pedal along southern Maine's coastline, including a route past Walkers Point, the summer home of the presidential Bush family.

Riders were required to fundraise a minimum of $250 for the MS Society's Greater New England Chapter and can choose from distances of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles on Saturday, followed by 25-, 50- or 75-miles rides on Sunday.

Members of the ride's steering committee are pleased with the locale change that offers a less hilly course. The option of 25-mile rides on both days should also be a plus for new riders, those with little experience or those who are riding with MS.

The goal of this year's ride is to raise $375,000 to fight MS. So if you know someone who will be pedaling this weekend, this is the time to donate. 

Kudos to the top fundraising team so far, Cycling Friends, which has raised $24,509, and to the top individual, Summer Weeks, who has collected an impressive $11,325.

To all the cyclists this weekend, ride safe. And for drivers, remember that you're sharing the roads.

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