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BP employee cycling nearly 600 miles across Texas to support MS research

Release date: April 18, 2019

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 9000: Number of cyclists in the 2019 ride
  • $20 million: Amount raised by Team BP since 2001
  • 275: Number of Team BP riders

When Mike Moberly, who works in the upstream engineering center in Houston, finishes the BP MS 150 ride in Austin on Sunday, he will still have some more cycling to do.

 

That is because he plans to participate in another multiple sclerosis fund-raising event in Dallas and is going to bike to that city from Austin.

 

“It is about 580 miles of cycling in nine days with one day off,” said Moberly, who works in fire protection/process safety at the upstream engineering center.

 

A Love for Cycling

Moberly joined BP 12 years ago and was sent to Anchorage where he and his wife took up bike riding. “I spent eight years in Alaska,” he said. “We did a lot of snow biking and road cycling, we basically cycled year-round there.”

 

In 2014, he and his wife DJ, flew to Houston to participate in their first BP MS 150, a 170-mile ride from Houston to Austin. “A few months later I moved to Houston and I have ridden,every year,” he said.

 

Why He Rides for MS

“I started doing the BP MS 150 event because of my love of cycling,” he explained. “Then I started meeting people with MS or affected by
MS and I kind of just developed a passion for riding for the people who can’t ride.” Moberly, of fire protection/process safety, said over the past 10 years he and his wife have done 21 rides in support of MS research. “Every time we go somewhere, we meet someone with an inspirational story and their struggle with MS and it makes you want to do more to help find a cure for this disease.”

 

The Riding Plan

Moberly said that after he finishes the BP MS 150 in Austin on Sunday, he will cycle to a nearby hotel and spend the night. Early the
following morning, he hits the pavement again and plans to pedal 260 miles across open Texas highways over the next four days to Dallas. The Dallas event, the Bike MS: Round Up Ride, begins May 4 and he will pedal another 150 miles there before he is finally done. “I have set a fund-raising goal of $5,000 this year,” he added. “This long trip across Texas on a bicycle and riding in these events is my way to draw attention to this cause and raise more money for research.”