FOR MORE INFO CALL US @ 877-LWMS-190
FOR MORE INFO CALL US @ 877-LWMS-190
We are looking for MS patients who are willing to fight the challenges of MS. People with heart and commitment to living as fully as they can. They don't need to be experienced cyclists, or in good shape. They just need a good pair of athletic shoes, the will to wrestle MS, and the heart of a champion. If they have that - we provide everything else.
Once they're chosen for the bike program we give them a bike, a cool cycling outfit from Primal Wear, a training program, and lots of support. As one of our 'teammates' we ride with them in weekly training rides, encourage them, challenge them and celebrate with them as they regain their Balance, Strength and Freedom.
“I like this idea. What do I need to do to join?” Begin by using the email button (below on this page) to send for more details and an application. Once you receive an email back from us, read it over, if it looks like a good fit, fill out the application and send it back to us. We'll review it and set up a time to talk by phone.
“What type of training program do you offer? We offer a standard 12-15 week training program to take you from just starting out to riding 20 miles or more. Once you join the program our coaches will work with you, as needed, to adapt the training program to fit your physical needs.
“How does biking help me battle MS?” Biking offers a low impact way to exercise. Most everyone regardless of being in or out of shape can ride a bike long enough to get a training effect. Cycling is proven to increase balance, muscle strength and control. And just as important as the physical benefits is the emotional support, purpose and social networking the program offers.
“What happens after I begin my training program?” First even before you start your training you'll get a call from our Founder Les Gatrel and our coach. They'll review the program with you, any special needs and any questions you have. They'll continue to encourage you to progress weekly through the program to gain balance, strength, endurance and confidence. You'll be part of our cycling team riding alongside the board members, supporters, and other MS patients on the team from your area. You'll join them on regular team training rides in your area and rides with the local cycling community as well. Our goal is to help you progress throughout the riding season (April-October) to the point where you can participate in one of our longer team rides like the Mule Grinder that we put on, or the local Bike MS ride.
“What’s included in the bike package?” Everything but the shoes and the will power! As an MS patient you will be a 'Sponsored Rider' on the team meaning we provide you with equipment and a uniform from Primal Wear just like a professional athlete receives. We even have a 'Signing Day' to present you with your bike and jersey just like you see the pros do when they sign with a new team. We will provide you with a custom fitted Wrestling MS quality hybrid bike such as a Trek, Specialized or Fuji, a Wrestling MS team uniform including a helmet, and some awesome cycling 'kit' from our sponsor Primal Wear including a custom cycling jersey, padded cycling shorts (you'll thank us for them later), padded cycling gloves and socks. We'll also give you a water bottle and cage, a phone carrying case, spare tubes, training software, and a training program. You can see a picture of the entire bike package below in the slide show.
Our purpose is to provide Bikes, Hope and Support to people battling MS. We raise money through our Mule Grinder bike rides, individual athletic challenges, and donations. We provide free bikes, cycling gear and training programs to MS patients helping them regain Balance, Strength, and Freedom.
Like many MS patients, when Les Gatrel was diagnosed with MS he saw a future of disability, loss of financial security, and life turned upside down.
That's when his college fraternity brothers and wrestling teammates challenged Les to take up cycling as a way to fight MS. Struggling with a loss of balance, muscle control and strength he couldn't ride 100 feet when he started. But through their encouragement and support and his dedicated training over the last few years Les has made tremendous strides in regaining his health. From his first 12 mile ride on a tandem bike to riding 470 miles across Iowa in 7 days, he's become an avid cyclist and ambassador of cycling covering over 4000 miles in the last 3 years!
Inspired by what others have done to help him, and how this cycling program "saved my life", Les started Les Wrestles MS and the Wrestling MS cycling program with the goal of helping other MS patients like him. Les has brought the same work ethic and commitment to his new passion as he did to wrestling and business.
Today Les devotes his time to helping other MS patients find hope, strength and freedom by wrestling MS through cycling.
Most of our Board have been friends for 40 years, as wrestlers, as Phi Sig fraternity brothers, and now as active cyclists dedicated to helping people with MS. An easy going group they are driven and accomplished leaders who have achieved excellence across many fields including business, sports and science.
LES GATREL, Cycling Team Captain (Kansas City and Washington State) - MS Patient, 2X NCAA All American Wrestler, NCAA Div II Coach of the Year, Member of Two Wrestling Hall of Fames, Successful Insurance Executive.
GARY ERVIN (Kentucky) - Founder and Chairman of Ervin Cable Construction, Cable Pioneer Hall of Fame, 2016 PSK Distinguished Alumni, Pilot, Triathlete, 2X contestant on TV's Amazing Race, he has run the Boston and New York marathons, and climbed tallest mountain on four continents; Mt. Everest, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Mt. Elbrus.
MIKE ELIAS (Jacksonville, Florida) - Professional Fundraising Executive, former Executive Director of PSK National Foundation, Founder and President of Sustainable Development.
DUANE FRITCHIE, Cycling Coach (Kansas City) - Retired Science Teacher, NCAA All American Wrestler, Ironman Champion, World Champion Triathlate, 2016 US Aquabike National Champion.
MIKE HAGERTY (Kansas City) - Legendary Wrestling Coach and Official. USA Wrestling Hall of Fame, Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame, Missouri USA Wrestling Hall of Fame, UCM Athletic Hall of Fame. 14X NCAA Div I and Div II Finals referee, 5X Wrestling Coach of the Year, 6X USA World Team coach, 2X USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year, Coach of USA Wrestling and Olympic programs, and 2015 University World Champions. Former President and Board member of NCAA National Wrestling Coaches Association. Founder and Executive Director of Inter-Collegiate Wrestling Officials Association.
JIM MCNAMARA, Chairman/CEO (NYC) - Global Executive, Board Advisor and Investor. Digital Media and Mobile Advertising Pioneer. Launched new mobile advertising and data businesses for Verizon, Sprint & Telefonica in the US and EU. Founder and CEO of Wasabi Mobile.
DR. MIKE NICHOLS Secretary (St. Louis) - Nationally recognized medical researcher at Mayo Clinic, Purdue, and University of Missouri St. Louis.
MERRILL NORRIS (Des Moines) - Retired Hewlett Packard executive. NCAA National Qualifying wrestler, Wrestling Hall of Legends
DAN POWER, CFO, (Wichita, Kansas) - Retired Limited Partner at Edward D. Jones, Hall of Fame Wrestler, 2016 UCM Distinguished Alumni for Community Service, Investment Chair of $51 million University Foundation. International Outdoorsmen and Big Game Hunter.
Bike MS and Wrestling MS work closely with MS patients in the 'I Ride With MS' program sponsored by Primal Wear and Sanofi. Any MS patient who is registered in the 'I Ride With MS" program can become a FREE member of the Wrestling MS National Cycling Team.
Primal Wear is the sponsor and 'Official' provider of the Wrestling MS Cycling Team's jerseys and uniform kits. Primal offers a wide array of the finest unique cycling jerseys, and custom cycling team apparel.
Wrestling MS is proud to work with, and ride with, the Bike the US for MS team to raise awareness of helping people with MS. Bike the US for MS organizes cross country bike trips that raise awareness for multiple sclerosis research & volunteer for patients. These tours follow America's most scenic cross country routes and combine an important cause with an incredible experience
The Mid America MS Achievement Center founded in 1995 provides therapeutic services and a stationary bike program to improve the lives of people with progressive MS The Center, located in the heart of Kansas City Missouri, is one of a handful of similar programs in the United States.
The Bicycle Shack is the 'Official' bike store and supplier for our Mid-America group based in Kansas City. They feature a full range of Fuji bikes and a new trail side location.