The 18th annual Napa Valley Tour de Cure will take place this year on Sunday, May 3rd. It’s the nation’s largest cycling event that raises money for finding the Cure and helping people with diabetes. This year they have a special Red Rider program: If you are a cyclist with diabetes, the Tour is recognizing your “participation, spirit, struggles, courage, and discipline” by awarding special issue jerseys made for the event. (Participants must raise a minimum of $200.)
The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Tour de Cure is a series of scenic and challenging cycling events held nationwide that raise funds to aid in the fight against diabetes.
Tour de Cure Facts:
- Rides are held in 42 states and 89 cities, mainly during the spring cycling season of April through June.
- Tour de Cure events feature routes for all riders, from the novice to the experienced cyclist.
- Tour routes range in length and difficulty from 15-mile family fun rides to challenging 100 mile “century” rides.
- Since the launch of Tour de Cure in 1991, thousands of individual riders and teams have participated to support the ADA’s important mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
- In 2008, more than 38,000 cyclists participated in the event, which raised over $15 million-a 15 percent increase from 2007 results. In 2009, the ADA hopes to raise more than $18 million with the help of more than 40,000 riders.
- More than 100,000 people are expected to make contributions to the American Diabetes Association in sponsorship of their friends, family members, and coworkers who are cycling on behalf of the 23.6 million people living with diabetes.
Funds raised through Tour de Cure support diabetes research, advocacy, and education. Tour events also raise general public knowledge about the ways in which exercise and a healthy diet contribute to the prevention of diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
- 59 percent of participants are male and 41 percent are female; 29 percent are ages 35 to 44; 29 percent are ages 45 to 54; and 22 percent are ages 25 to 34; 74 percent know a family member or friend with diabetes.
This year’s events will help make possible major strides forward in the fight against diabetes. They also offer a wonderful day of fellowship and community for people with diabetes to get on their bikes and enjoy life.
For more information, visit tour.diabetes.org