JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes 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. 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 from one of six Ride locations, train with their local coach to achieve their mileage goals( no matter how long or short) and use guidance from their local chapters to meet and exceed their fundraising commitments.

JDRF Ride isn't just a bike ride: it's an experience where hundreds 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 find a cure for T1D.

Do I have to Ride 100 miles?

No! JDRF Ride to Cure is about the mission, not the miles, so there is no minimum length requirement for any of our Rides. We welcome riders of every skill level—from elite cyclists to those who are new to the sport. We encourage you to work with your JDRF coach to train for and achieve whatever mileage you would like to ride.

Will I have help as I train for the ride?

Yes! We have a team of virtual and local coaches who have professional certification through USA Cycling and will help you create a training plan that meets your goals. JDRF coaches will be with you every pedal stroke of the way, from your first training ride to Ride day.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every Rider has the help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way. You’ll be supported from the moment of your first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. The Ride program also has a library of tools and tips that you can access once you register.

If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact ride@jdrf.org and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

Isn't it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to 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 will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed it.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a rider, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $2,000). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support and coaching during the months leading up to—and throughout—Ride weekend. In addition, some of the packages that we offer include additional incentives such as travel and lodging.

Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums.

Can I change my fundraising package after I register?

Yes!  Package changes are based on availability, and can be requested through your local JDRF Chapter within 90 days of your Ride. Some restrictions apply.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

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. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Your JDRF Chapter will work with you on a fundraising timeline throughout the season, and you will have until 30 days after your Ride to complete your fundraising minimum.

Does the $100 registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The $100 required registration fee will be the first donation to your Ride campaign. There is no registration fee for Virtual Riders.

Can I register my family as a team?

We understand the importance of families fundraising as a team. While we require each family member to register individually and each meet their fundraising minimum, we do have options for family fundraising pages. Contact ride@jdrf.org if you are interested in hearing more about this option.

Will I receive a JDRF Jersey?

Yes! All registered riders* who complete their fundraising will receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey made by Hincapie Sportswear. Any T1D Rider can choose to a special T1D version of this jersey instead—and inspire us all as you cross the finish line.

*Virtual Riders can earn a jersey by fundraising $500

What is the time commitment?

How much time you spend training is entirely up to you. Your JDRF coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level to meet your cycling goals. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training at least twice a week for three months prior to your Ride to prepare.

What if I can't finish the Ride?

If you cannot continue at any point during the Ride, one of many support vehicles along the route will pick you up and bring you back. Rest stops will be set up approximately every 15 miles. If you are feeling tired, you can rest, eat an energy bar, drink a sports drink and continue the Ride where you left off. Remember, this is not a race, it's a ride, and everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace.

Where is my local chapter?

JDRF has more than 100 chapters and branches in the US and six affiliates worldwide. Please visit jdrf.org to find your local chapter or dial (888) 533 - 9255 for more information.

Who can ride?

We have Riders are as young as 13 and as old as 89! You must be at least 13 years old and meet your fundraising commitment, in order to participate.

If you are between 13 and 18 years of age, you must have a parental/guardian consent form signed and be accompanied by a participating parent/guardian at all times.

Are there volunteer opportunities on Ride Weekend?

Yes, we have many ways that people can volunteer at each of our Ride locations. Complete details on volunteer opportunities and registration for volunteers will be announced soon. To receive an email when details are available, please send us an email here.