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Cyclist rides many miles to meet goals, fight MS





























Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos
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A Rio Rancho man bicycled 150 miles last weekend to raise money for multiple sclerosis and help meet a goal he set in January.

Aaron Orosco rode with the Keller Williams team Saturday and Sunday in Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos, a ride based in Pojoaque and going through five of eight northern pueblos in New Mexico. The event raises money for National Multiple Sclerosis Society research and programs.

Orosco, who lives in Rio Rancho and works at a Keller Williams office in Albuquerque, took the two longest routes each day, 100 miles on Saturday and 50 miles on Sunday. He was one of 425 expected for the annual event, according to a news release.

Orosco said he thought the ride was well put together and large number of volunteers made it possible.

In January, employees of Keller Williams real-estate company listed their goals for the year. Orosco’s included bicycling 5,000 miles and doing a “century ride” of 100 miles.

“I started at the beginning of the year training,” Orosco said.

He rode a stationary bike because of the cold weather until mid-February, when he started training for a running event. He lost track of his cycling goals until he heard about Pedal los Pueblos in June.

Keller Williams Market Center Administrator Janet Lubin organized the company’s cyclists and sponsored a rest station for the event after a friend approached her for a sponsorship, she said in an email Orosco provided. Lubin also thought participating would be a good way to support an agent who had multiple sclerosis.

Orosco joined in.

In early July, he dusted off his bike — which he christened “Heidi,” deciding it should have a name since he was going to spend so much time with it — and started training again.

“It was difficult,” he said.

Orosco worked up from 36 miles to 45 on weekdays, getting up at 5 a.m. to ride before work, and from 65 miles to 100 on the weekends.

Pedal los Pueblos requires a $45 registration fee and a minimum fundraising pledge of $250 for riders to participate. Orosco has collected about $530 of his $1,000 goal with fundraising open until Sept. 30.

Saturday, he rode 100 miles in a little more than six hours, he estimates. The ride wasn’t timed.

“It’s not really a race; it’s just something to complete,” he said.

Orosco was the fifth rider to finish the century ride, having skipped most of the rest stations. He rode alone, and the app he used to track his mileage drained his phone of power, leaving him without music the last 50 miles.

“I would definitely do it again,” Orosco said. “But if I did it again, I would utilize the stations, because they make it fun.”

He would also like to ride with a group.

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