After being canceled last year due to a powerful coastal storm, the Bike MS City to Shore Ride returns Saturday and Sunday across South Jersey.

More than 7,000 cyclists are expected at the 37th event that begins 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Cherry Hill, follows an 80-mile course and ends at 5 p.m. in Ocean City. An optional second day of riding begins in Ocean City on Sunday headed back the other way.

The finish line is located between Fifth and Sixth streets and the Boardwalk, where there will be activities for riders and their supporters.

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The riders will be using 1.2 miles of the Atlantic County Bikeway between Babcock Road and Harbor Avenue in Mays Landing.

The bikeway will remain open to the public, but alternate routes are advisable between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. and noon Sunday.

Motorists are also advised to exercise caution on roads used by cyclists.

Bike MS City to Shore, presented by the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, raises money for multiple sclerosis research. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised more than $1 billion.

To view the complete City to Shore route, see nationalMSsociety.org/CTSroute.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.