MS 150 WEEKEND
Post MS Rides
Safety is a top priority for the NMSS and Team Shell
Safety is Shell’s # 1 Priority.
This applies to the workplace as well as all aspects of our business –
including our cycling team. Last
year Team Shell did not have any major injuries which is a testament to
our Safety First policy.
The Team Shell
Safety focal point is Alan Bazard,
who is welcomed back again this year to make our team safer and more
courteous on the road.
How to Fulfill
the Mandatory Team Shell Safety Requirements
The goal for Team Shell is to complete the 2012 MS150 training series
and the Houston-to-Austin ride with Zero Incidents. Towards this goal,
all Team Shell riders must meet the following safety requirements:
Riders residing within a 75 mile radius from Downtown Houston:
completed at least one on-bike safety training class since January 1,
2009. Riders who have not had any such training or their training is out
of date will be required to attend one of the classes offered by Team
Shell (see below for dates and location), local bike shops, or the MS Society
Complete the MS
Society's online Safety Quiz -
CLICK HERE. Most of the questions in this quiz are addressed in the
MS 150 Safety Zone web pages:
NMSS Bike Safety Zone. Note:
This is NOT a pass/fail quiz; it is merely intended to raise your
awareness of key MS150 safety issues.
Riders residing more than 75 miles outside Downtown Houston who are
unable to acquire local training:
the NMSS Cycling Tips:
Review the NMSS
Watch the following
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety video:
YouTube is not permitted and is blocked on the Shell IT Network. Please
view this video from a non-Shell networked computer.
E-mail the Team Shell Captain when ALL OF THE ABOVE THREE
REQUIREMENTS have been completed Please avoid intermediate
completion e-mails, as they will NOT be kept on file.
The Team Shell training classes will be held at the Shell Woodcreek facility located at 200 N.
Dairy Ashford, which is only a few
hundred yards north of the I-10 feeder road on Dairy Ashford, on the
Sunday January 29, 2012
Sunday February 26, 2012
Sunday March 18, 2012
session will consist of a classroom portion and an on-bike portion. For
the on-bike portion, you'll need to bring your bike, helmet, and riding
classes will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please arrive 20-30
minutes early to check-in, get your equipment ready, and make it to the
classroom. Late arrivals will be turned away.
To sign up for a Team Shell training class:
If you're unable to attend one of these
dates, you can
enroll in one of the
MS Group Riding Skill Courses, which are normally run by local bike shops
for a cost of about $30 -
- for schedule of classes.
You will need to provide us with a proof of completion. Normally,
completion certificates are issued to all attendees as a standard
Once completed, please let us know by one of the following methods:
E-mail us a scanned
copy of the certificate to
certificate in person to the Team Captain, Mark Poindexter
Mail a photo-copy of
the certificate to Mark Poindexter via: a) internal Shell mail to WCK, or
b) US mail to 200 N. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77079.
Alan Bazard has put together an excellent
handout on rider safety that will be discussed at the clinics. For a copy
of this handout:
Our goal is to achieve 100%
compliance. We're counting on you to do your part!
Pictures from January 17, 2010 Team Shell
On-bike safety training clinic at Woodcreek
Team Shell Riders attended the On-bike Safety Training Class at
Instructors (l to r) Pat Phelps,
Afif Halal and Alan Bazard
"Classroom" training session
Geoff went over
safe procedures for breaking and stopping
proper techniques for making right and left hand turns
Pat taught bike
control and avoiding road hazards
instruction on pace lines and group riding skills
Bike Safety Inspections
safety inspections will be provided by official MS bike shops (to be
announced) and are expected to start in mid February. Bikes that pass get a safety inspection sticker,
which entitles riders to free labor for repairs during the MS 150 ride.
are free until the week before the MS 150 ride when a fee will be charged. So plan to get your bike inspected early.
The BP MS 150 is a huge event with cyclists of all abilities. As part of
your training, be sure to participate in group rides such as the
CP Training series or the MS Society Recommended Rides. Please remember these key tips about a
Ride smoothly and
Communicate - BOTH
ways, call hazards, call when passing and listen to others.
Ride your ride at your
Listen and respect the
Ride Marshals, Medics and HPD officers - they are looking out for our
Ride single file or max
2 abreast if on a wide shoulder or a road that is closed to regular
Enjoy the ride -
Remember that this is a fund-raiser to find a cure for MS, not a race!
Cross over the center
Pass on the right
Overlap the wheel of
the rider in front of you
Ride in pacelines
(unless you are very experienced with the general process and the specific
group your are riding with
Wear headphones (any
type) or talk on your cell phone while riding
Other Bike Safety Resources
NMSS Bike Safety Zone - Developed
by the MS society for the MS 150 Rides
MS Society’s Official
MS150 Safety Resource Center
If you have any
questions on biking safety - equipment, clinics, etc.
A good ride is a safe ride