JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable bike ride that to date has raised over $60 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The Ride gives cyclists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to support breakthroughs that transform the lives of people with T1D, until there are cures.
JDRF Ride isn't just a bike ride: it's an experience where thousands of riders come together from all over the world to make new friendships and enjoy the unparalleled camaraderie of the Ride community with a shared mission to raise money to help end T1D.
Check out the video below to learn more about the JDRF Ride and some of the special traditions that make it what it is today.
JDRF Ride Honor Jerseys
The JDRF Ride Honor Jerseys are awarded to people who inspire us and make us proud — both on and off the bike. Learn more about the meaning behind these awards below and check out the video for even more history behind these special jerseys.
Top Fundraiser Jersey
The infamous green jersey is awarded to our Top Fundraiser at each of the JDRF Destination Rides. This jersey goes to the individual who has raised the most money by Ride weekend (Friday at 12 pm local time) and is awarded during Friday's Celebration Dinner so the recipient can wear it proudly on Ride Day. Lapel pins of this special jersey are awarded locally to the top individual fundraiser from each Chapter.
Top Recruiter Jersey
The coveted yellow jersey is awarded to the Top Recruiter at each of the JDRF Destination Rides. This jersey goes to the individual who has recruited the most new riders and is presented during Friday's Celebration Dinner so the recipient can wear it proudly on Ride Day. Lapel pins of this special jersey are awarded locally to the top recruiter from each Chapter.
The polka dot jersey is awarded at each of the JDRF Destination Rides to the person that exemplifies the spirit of the JDRF Ride. This jersey has been awarded to Riders, Coaches and volunteers in the past. Lapel pins of this special jersey are awarded locally to the person who exemplifies the most spirit from each Chapter.
Past recipients of this award embody the spirit of the JDRF Ride community. They have shown selflessness and courage. They've gone above and beyond, defied the odds and supported their fellow JDRF Ride teammates through struggles and triumphs.
Youth Rider Jersey
This jersey is awarded at JDRF Destination Rides to honor a youth rider between the ages of 13-17 that has a can-do attitude and is not afraid of trying what others consider impossible. Lapel pins of this special jersey are awarded locally to a youth rider from each Chapter.
Past recipients of this award embody the spirit of the JDRF Ride community. They've shown an early commitment to JDRF and its mission, demonstrated leadership and selflessness at a young age — and they are the future leaders of the JDRF Ride.
The Promise jersey is awarded at JDRF Destination Rides to someone that puts others before themselves and has shown unwavering dedication to JDRF and the Ride to Cure Diabetes. This jersey recognizes a person that does not have T1D but has made a promise to continue riding and fundraising until there are cures.
Past recipients of this award demonstrate a longstanding commitment to JDRF and its mission. They show up every day, every week and every year to support those living with T1D. And they will not let anything stop them in the fight against T1D.
Volunteer Dedication Jersey
This jersey is awarded at JDRF Destination Rides to an enthusiastic individual who has volunteered their time throughout the year, who works hard on Ride Day and shows leadership and selflessness in their support of JDRF Riders and Ride weekend volunteering duties.
Past recipients of this award are dedicated to JDRF's mission and show their support off the bike. They've helped coordinate fundraisers for their local Ride team, set up rest stops at training rides and have gone the extra mile during Ride Day to make sure you, our JDRF Rider, is fully supported and feels the love whether you're just beginning at the start line or feeling challenged at mile 30. They are there to support you every step of the way.
10+ Rider Jersey
This jersey recognizes and honors those riders who have completed 10 JDRF Rides. Whether you register for a JDRF Destination Ride or JDRF My Ride, this jersey can be ordered as soon as you register so you can wear it proudly throughout the season and for your big ride.
Join us and Ride
JDRF Ride is for all cyclists — beginner or experienced — who share a commitment to JDRF's mission. Your registration is your doorway into a ride experience unlike any other. With our stunning destination rides across the country, you'll have the chance to join fellow riders for an unforgettable weekend experience. Or if you're looking for a little flexibility, we offer JDRF My Ride, where you can join a local ride in your area, get creative with your own mileage challenge or select from our Calendar of Events (both in-person and digital). With multiple fundraising options to choose from and exciting rewards to earn along the way, you can't go wrong when you register for JDRF Ride.