What is the Ride?
The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a unique and exciting way to fight diabetes. Participants choose from one of six Ride locations and bike for their choice of distance (usually between 30 and 100 miles) to raise money for JDRF. Riders from around the world take on two challenges: raising the money needed to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and reaching a personal training goal to prepare for a destination cycling experience.
Where is my local chapter?
Working together, JDRF has more than 100 Chapters, Branches, and Affiliates worldwide. Please click here to locate your local JDRF chapter or call 888.533.9255 for further information.
Who can ride?
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older on the date of the Ride who can raise the minimum fundraising requirement. Or, if you are between 13 and 18 years of age, you must sign a parental/guardian consent and be accompanied by a participating parent/guardian at all times.
Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimum?
Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. We have found that if you follow the recommended guidelines and use the materials provided, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Chapter for detailed information on fundraising schedules and timelines developed to help you reach your goals.
Isn't it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?
Not according to many of our past riders. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter can help you with materials, ideas, and support.
Are there different fundraising packages available?
Yes, as a rider, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $2,000) and in exchange, JDRF will provide you with support and coaching during the months leading up to as well as throughout the JDRF Ride weekend. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter can help you with materials, ideas, and support.
Does the required $100 registration fee count towards my fundraising?
Yes! The $100 required registration fee will count toward your fundraising.
What kind of training should I do?
Our National Head Coaches, Mike Clark, David Ertl, and Ian Joyce, have excellent training plans for preparing for these endurance Rides. Additionally, you can check with your JDRF chapter office to find out if they have a local coach. Our coaches will help you adopt a training schedule and plan that is right for you.
How much time do I have to commit to this?
How much time you train is completely up to you. Your JDRF Coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training at 3 months before the Ride and ride at least twice a week to prepare yourself.
What if I can't finish the Ride?
If you cannot go on at any point during the Ride, one of the many support vehicles that will be supporting the route can pick you up and take you back. There will be rest stops set up approximately every 15 miles, so if you are feeling tired, you can rest, eat an energy bar, drink a sports drink, and pick up the Ride where you left off. This is not a race, it's a Ride, and all riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace.
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July 24 — 27, 2014
La Crosse, WI:
August 14 — 17, 2014
Lake Tahoe, CA:
September 5 — 8, 2014
October 30 — November 2, 2014
Death Valley, CA:
October 16 — 19, 2014
November 20 — 23, 2014
November 21 - 24, 2013
Join JDRF's team of riders and be part of the University Medical Center (UMC) 29th El Tour de Tucson, presented by Diamond Ventures, one of America's largest bicycling event producers. JDRF riders will be sharing the course with over 9,000 cyclists, 2,000 volunteers, and 27,000 spectators.