Susan Stone stood at the finish line of one of Northeast Florida’s most iconic cycling events last October, knowing there was more she could do. Prior to her epiphany, Stone had volunteered for the PGA Tour Bike MS Cycle to the Shore for a decade.
“I thought ‘This is ridiculous. I have rehabbed myself so I can do things again,’ ” Stone recalled. “I wanted to ride. I paid the 20 bucks and signed up with it. I started taking some cycling classes, started riding as much as I could and I worked myself up to 40 miles in three hours. A friend of mine gave me her bike, and I love it.”
Saturday, when the 29th Bike MS event began at two locations in St. Johns County, Stone was one of the estimated 2,000 participants. More than a decade after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Stone, a longtime St. Augustine resident, was pedaling in the event that supports the disease she was diagnosed with.