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2016 TOC Group

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
September 7 - 10, 2017

Must raise $12,000 by July 31 to qualify. Raise $24,000+ by July 31 & bring a guest for free!

About Tour of Champions

Prize Level $12,000 to qualify per rider. Fee to bring a guest is $1,200.
Prize Level $24,000 & above may bring a guest at no charge.

The annual Tour of Champions (TOC) is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations for the National MS Society top fundraisers. The weekend honors those riders who have made a significant contribution to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Each year, millions are raised to fund vital programs and services to improve the quality of life for the MS community, as well as cutting-edge research for treatments and a cure.

This year, TOC participants will travel to Colorado Springs, CO September 7-10, 2017. The TOC weekend celebration includes:

  • Three-night stay at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort (double occupancy).
  • Round-trip airfare to Denver, CO.
  • Airport transportation.
  • Two group dinners.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Fully supported bike ride through Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods.
  • Commemorative TOC memorabilia.

*Please note: If you accept the TOC prize, you will be solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes and fees associated with the trip. Registered participants will be required to complete an IRS Form W-9 and return it to the National MS Society by July 31, 2017. Any person receiving $600 or more in prizes (on a calendar year basis) from the National MS Society South Central Region will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.

Enjoying a ride     TOC participants     TOC participants

Tour of Champions Registration

After receiving notification that you qualify to participate in the Tour of Champions, please complete the online TOC Registration Form and submit by the July 12, 2017 deadline. Please thoroughly review all TOC Policies before submitting your registration.

Registration Form

Included in the link above are forms requesting information if you'd like to ship your personal bike or rent one locally through the National MS Society and a TOC Biography Questionnaire to share a little information about yourself for our event book. Each TOC attendee must complete the Emergency Waiver section which is included in the Registration form above as well. If you plan to bring a guest, please complete their information in the registration form and have them complete a Guest Emergency Waiver & Biography Form.

Fee Payment

If you have a guest fee ($1,200), bike shipping fee ($125), bike rental fees ($115/bike) or excursion fee (Hike $36, COG Railway $71, Shopping $21) associated with TOC, the payment deadline is July 31, 2017. If you would like to pay for those with a credit card online, please click the link below. To access the payment website you will need to have your rider login available.

Pay online now

Otherwise, please mail checks to National MS Society, PO Box 4125, Houston, TX 77210-4125 and indicate "TOC" in the memo section of the check.

Tour of Champions Event Weekend

After landing at Denver International Airport, you will be greeted by MS staff as you collect your bags. We will depart by charter bus to Colorado Springs with lunch on board. After checking into your room at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the group will gather for a welcome reception and dinner at the resort.

On Friday morning, cyclists will participate in a 33 mile fully-supported bike ride through Western Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. Lunch will be provided at the 20 mile point in the Garden of the Gods park. The park’s central garden trails can be accessed from the lunch stop, giving cyclists the option to hike and either take the shuttle back to the resort or cycle back the last 13 miles. Staff can bring your shoes and/or hiking gear to lunch. Guests that are not participating in the bike ride can take a shuttle to meet cyclists for lunch and hiking at Garden of the Gods or tour the new exhibits in the visitors center.

Friday’s dinner is on your own in Colorado Springs. There are a few restaurants within walking distance from the resort, but most will require shuttle or alternate transportation.

On Saturday, enjoy a 26 mile morning ride or explore one of the many activities in Colorado Springs or at the resort on your own. There are a number of amenities and activities at the resort including golf, tennis, a fitness center, spa and multiple pools to enjoy during the day. You can also join us for one of three optional group excursions on Saturday morning.

  1. Shopping and lunch in historic Old Colorado City - Old Colorado City was founded in 1859 as a "Pikes Peak or Bust" gold rush town. Flourishing again today, enjoy the historic atmosphere as you browse the over 120 unique shops and restaurants which still retain the homespun flavor of the west. This excursion will leave from the hotel Saturday morning and will allow for about 3 hours on the strip. There is a fee of $21 to cover transportation, and you will be responsible for your own lunch costs.

    Old Colorado City     Old Colorado City

  2. Hiking and Lunch at Cheyenne Caņon - The group will depart to trailhead on Saturday morning for hiking in beautiful Cheyenne Canon Park. The park trails are cut 1,000-feet deep into the 1.5 billion-year-old granite rock and is great habitat for large animals such as the Black Bear, Mountain Lion and Mule Deer along with little birds that love water, like the Kingfisher, American Dipper and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Afterwards hikers will picnic lunch from local Garden of the Gods Market. Excursion is $36 to cover cost of transportation to trailhead, lunch and snacks.

    Cheyenne Canon Park     Cheyenne Canon Park

  3. COG Railway - Since 1891, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway has taken millions of people on an unforgettable trip to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak! The 3 hour trip is a guided tour past cascading streams and forests of aspen and pine -- the world's highest cog railroad reveals lovely panoramas that inspired "America the Beautiful." Cost is $71 to cover transportation to train, ticket and box lunch. Space is limited.

    COG Railway     COG Railway

TOC weekend wraps up on Saturday evening with western music and dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s outdoor pavilion. Stay tuned for more details!

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Weather for September

  • Average Daily High: 74 F
  • Average Daily Low: 45 F

Flight Information

Please see below for round trip flight times from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. If you are flying round trip from another city, you will be notified by email of these schedules.

We will do our best to accommodate all flight requests.

HOUSTON IAH GROUP FLIGHT

United Airlines

Thursday, Sept 7 UA Flt 1126      9:00am - 10:31am          Houston IAH – Denver             Boeing 787-800

Sunday, Sept 10 UA Flt 1828      2:00pm – 5:21pm          Denver – Houston IAH             Airbus A320

 

HOUSTON HOBBY GROUP FLIGHT

Southwest Airlines

Thursday, Sept 7 SW Flt 632        9:45am – 11:05am         Houston Hobby – Denver         Boeing 737-800

Sunday, Sept 10 SW Flt 3166      1:55pm – 5:15pm          Denver – Houston Hobby         Boeing 737-800

 

DALLAS GROUP FLIGHT

American Airlines

Thursday, Sept 7 AA Flt 1449      9:05am – 10:12am         Dallas DFW - Denver                Boeing M80     

Sunday, Sept 10 AA Flt 379        2:29pm– 5:39pm           Denver – Dallas DFW               Boeing M80

 

AUSTIN GROUP FLIGHT

Southwest Airlines

Thursday, Sept 7 SW Flt 1964      10:30am – 11:40am        Austin – Denver            Boeing 737-300

Sunday, Sept 10 SW Flt 3986      1:00pm – 4:05pm          Denver– Austin             Boeing 737-300

 

SAN ANTONIO GROUP FLIGHT (NOTE: Both legs of this flight change planes in Dallas.)

Southwest Airlines

Thursday, Sept 7  Flt 9/724          7:20am – 9:55am           San Antonio – Denver     Boeing 737-300 

Sunday, Sept 10 Flt 6146/4089   1:55pm – 635pm           Denver – San Antonio        Boeing 737-300

Tour of Champions Event Weekend Rides

Friday's Bike Ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20669436
Saturday's Bike Ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20963900

Ride Information

Friday morning’s 33 mile bike ride will be fully supported, including lunch at Garden of the Gods Park (mile 20). The park's popular central garden trails can be accessed from the lunch stop, giving cyclists the option to hike and either take she shuttle back to the resort or cycle back the last 13 miles after lunch. Staff will bring hiking gear to lunch. Guests that are not participating in the bike ride can take a shuttle to meet cyclists for lunch and hiking at Garden of the Gods.

Saturday morning's 26 mile ride will be supported with SAG vehicles and one breakpoint at mile 10, however numerous parks with restroom locations are indicated on the route map.

If you plan to participate in one or more of these rides, please fill out the appropriate bike shipping or bike rental sections on the registration form. There is a fee of $125 for us to ship your own personal bike or $115 for us to rent you a bike locally. *Please note that rentals are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

High Altitude Effects and Tips

*route maps subject to changes

TOC Riders     TOC Riders      TOC Riders

Tour of Champion Corporate Partners

There are a number of opportunities available for sponsorships during TOC. Show support of our bike ride, hospitality room, printing, dinners, and more! Opportunities for visibility in front of our group. For more information about how your company or organization can get involved in TOC sponsorship opportunities for 2017, please contact Clarissa Horner at 214-693-8322 or SC_TOC@nmss.org

Tour of Champion Contact Us

Contact:

*For all questions about the 2017 Tour of Champions, please contact Clarissa Horner, information listed below:

Clarissa Horner
Tour of Champions Event Planner
Email: sc_toc@nmss.org
Phone: 214-693-8322

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