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Bike MS: Historic New Bern ride expected to attract thousands over the weekend

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2016 kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, but many of the participants camp out overnight in Union Point Park Friday. It is a weekend-long event.

We went through our records at NewsChannel 12 and found an estimated 2,000 people participated in the bike ride in 2015. Event officials said they expect a similar crowd this year.

There are multiple route options, all of which are well supported with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-15 miles, a lunch stop each day and safety provided by medical personnel, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts.

The route goes through Craven, Pamlico and Beaufort Counties. Route options for Saturday & Sunday are 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles. Money raised through this ride will benefit research for Multiple Sclerosis.

Police caution drivers to share the road with bicyclists and expect traffic in the areas the bike ride goes through.

Here's the route map for Saturday:

Here is the route map for Sunday:

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