The MS-150 is a cycling event that raises funds to further research into cures for multiple sclerosis.
The cyclists start from one of three locations:
- Tully Stadium - Dairy Ashford @ I-10
- Rhodes Stadium - Katy
- Waller Stadium - Waller
The route covers between 140 and 170 miles through Bellville, Fayetteville, and La Grange on the first day, through Bastrop and ending in Austin on the second day. Additional route details can be found at:
This photo shoot will focus on day 1 at 4 specific locations:
- Tully Stadium - Start (6:45 am)
- Bellville - Lunch (candid photography)
- Independence - En Route (scenic opportunity)
- La Grange - Finish for day 1 (candid photography)
To help plan, here are GPS coordinates that work in Google Maps:
- Tully Stadium:[masked],[masked]
- Industry/New Ulm:[masked],[masked]
- La Grange:[masked],[masked]
Parking at the start and lunch are in controlled areas. Use the GPS coordinates and route maps to identify where the parking areas are. Parking at Industry/New Ulm is roadside. Parking in La Grange is a combination of controlled areas and roadside. La Grange is the most difficult area.
The start is at 6:45 AM, so photographers need to be there in plenty of time to park, walk and get into position to shoot when the event begins. The most experienced riders will lead off, so many of the best shots can be had with their groups.
Will post other location time estimates as well as rules and etiquette in the comments section.
Depending on what you want to photograph, this event can involve lots of driving, especially on back roads (discussed later). Having a dedicated GPS isn't essential, but is a huge help. Cell phone GPS is also good until you get into areas with weak coverage.