It’s finally here! One of CMBC’s biggest sponsorships of the year — the 125-mile Bike MS: City to Shore rides into town this weekend.
Over the past few weeks, you’ve been introduced to some of the riders. We’re so proud of all of them for their passion, inspiration, and determination. In fact, those are some of the words the City to Shore website uses to define the race.
We’ve been taking the five nouns on that site — camaraderie, passion, inspiration, determination, and enjoyment — and assigning them to each of our riders. Today’s installment: Determination — and from our intrepid captain.
To make a contribution visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.
Name: Steve Briggs
Age: 29 years young
Hometown: Barrington, NJ & Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Biomedical Engineer @ Edmund Optics in Barrington, NJ
Number of years on the CMBC team: This will be my 5th MS Ride with the team!
How did you get involved with the team? My family and I were one of the first customers to walk into the Brewery back in July 2011. We quickly started discussions with Chris, Ryan, and Bob and became familiar faces enjoying Cape May IPA. I noticed Chris and Ryan biking into the airport occasionally then saw our first bike jerseys on display and for sale, then learned about the formation of the team for the MS Bike Ride and quickly joined!
Why do you want to fight MS? Many close friends have relatives who suffer from MS. I also studied the underlying effects of MS while at college and became interested at the cellular level. Both of these combined lead me to raise awareness and fundraise as much as I can. The Delaware Chapter of the MS Society is amazing and truly does great work to help all of those suffering in the area.
Describe City to Shore (the ride) in three words: beautiful, empowering, fulfilling
What does determination mean to you? Determination is key for any task or challenge any of us faces every day. Some people think I’m crazy to bike 80-100 miles, but some determination makes that task easy compared to the determination of those battling MS every day.
What is it about riding City to Shore that makes you feel determined? All participants, volunteers, sponsors, and contributors share the same determination to make a difference in the battle against MS. A great deal of planning goes into the event. A great deal of networking is required to meet specific goals, Determination is absolutely evident on the day of the ride, and certainly leading up to the day.
What goes through your mind as you’re riding 125 miles? I have two major thoughts as I do the ride every year. 1, New Jersey is beautiful, and 2, crossing the finish line is one of the best feelings in the world. To hear hundreds of people cheering you on, thanking you personally, and making a celebration out of something so devastating as MS.
What are some other things that make you feel determined? Helping others for sure. I’m blessed and truly fortunate to be healthy and not suffer from any major illnesses. With over 7 billion people on this planet, it is unavoidable to not come across those who suffer or who are less fortunate. I like to think that I’m able to help those who need it most.
What are some ways you try to spread determination in your daily life? By simply spreading the word about the ride, about the MS Society, and about our team! A simple bike ride from Philly into Jersey for work gets me talking about the MS Ride and people donate.
Describe City to Shore (the beer) in three words: Fresh, piney, and fruity! One of my favorite DIPAs! Definitely a drier and hoppier profile than my favorite Cape May IPA.
Of the other nouns — camaraderie, enjoyment, inspiration, and passion — which one speaks most to you regarding the City to Shore ride and why? Enjoyment. To do anything, you have to be happy and enjoy yourself. This event more than others is definitely one that ranks up there as most enjoyable.
What is your fundraising goal? $1,000. I’m almost there! (Since completing this survey, Steve has exceeded his goal! He rocks! But not everyone has — there’s still time to donate!)
City to Shore will take place this weekend on September 24 and 25! To make a contribution, visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.