Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ride to Cure Diabetes?

JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable bike ride that raises money for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The JDRF Ride gives new and experienced cyclists — and their friends and families — the opportunity to fundraise for life changing T1D research along with the entire Ride community.

Participants choose how and where they want to ride, train with their coach and team to achieve their mileage goals (no matter how long or short) and use guidance from their JDRF chapters to meet and exceed their fundraising goals.

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, enjoy the unparalleled camaraderie of the Ride community and raise money to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.

With our stunning destination rides across the country, you'll have the chance to join fellow riders for an unforgettable weekend experience. Or you can choose JDRF My Ride, giving you the flexibility to join a local ride in your area, create your own mileage challenge or select from our calendar of events (both in-person and digital).

We will continue to follow the CDC and local guidance and may update our events accordingly as COVID-19 restrictions continue to evolve.

What should I expect for the 2022 Ride season?

We have an exciting season planned with both our traditional destination events as well as the opportunity to participate in JDRF My Ride, allowing you to choose your own way of riding and fundraising for JDRF. Be sure to check out our calendar of events and check back often so you don't miss out on any of the excitement!

I'm considering registering for a JDRF Destination Ride. Will there be safety precautions in place as it relates to COVID-19?

Yes! Safety is our top priority when it comes to planning in-person events. We will continue to follow CDC and local guidelines, as well as work with our host hotels and venues leading up to each JDRF Destination Ride. As we get closer to each event, we will communicate specific safety protocols and restrictions accordingly.

Is there an age requirement to participate in the JDRF Ride?

You must be at least 13 years old in order to participate. If you are 13-17 years of age, you must have a parental/guardian consent form signed and be accompanied by a participating parent/guardian at all times.

How does training work?

Your physical and mental health are more important now than ever and we believe that continuing to stay active will help with both. We encourage you to continue riding, as your local guidelines and your safety allow or even ride indoors. Staying connected to your Ride Team will also help!

Are coaches available to support my training goals?

Coaches provide support to their riders, setting goals and assisting with training plans as requested. So much of the enjoyment within the JDRF Ride community is through the social interactions through group rides and social gatherings. Please check with your Coach and Chapter to see what's happening in your area!

Is there a required fundraising minimum?

There is no registration fee required to participate in JDRF My Ride. Upon registration, you will have the option to make a self-donation which will be the first donation towards your Ride campaign and achieving your fundraising goal! A $100 registration fee is required to participate in a JDRF Destination Ride and is counted towards your fundraising package minimum. Click here for details.

Can I cancel my registration?

You can cancel your registration for JDRF My Ride at any time, and up to 30 days prior to your JDRF Destination Ride without penalty. Registration fees and fundraising are non-refundable. While the need for diabetes research is as urgent today as ever before, we acknowledge the massive economic uncertainties and the critical needs of our community. If you wish to cancel your registration, please reach out to us at ride@jdrf.org.

How do I turn in donations I've received?

The quickest way is to direct donors to your Ride page to make an online donation. Connecting your Participant Center to the Facebook Fundraising App is an easy and helpful way to help encourage online giving as well. If you receive cash and check donations, please reach out to your JDRF Chapter for details on where to mail the donations.

This year is my 10th JDRF Ride. Will I still receive my 10+ Rider jersey if I don't attend an in-person event?

Absolutely! Regardless of how you choose to ride, you will still be recognized for this incredible milestone. A member of our team will reach out to you to confirm details of how you will receive your special jersey.

If I have other questions, who should I reach out to?

Please feel free to reach out to your local Chapter staff partner at 800-533-CURE or reach out to us any time at ride@jdrf.org.

Go the Distance Partners

Our Go the Distance Partners provide JDRF riders with new and meaningful ways to connect to the community and advance individual and company goals, while helping to further JDRF's mission.

We thank these longstanding corporate partners for their support and helping us "Go the Distance"!