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 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.

For those who have participated in JDRF destination rides before, we miss being together too and look forward to offering these events again soon. In the meantime, join the community that's dedicating their miles towards mission this year and register today! Check out the upcoming calendar of events to see what's happening this year. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more events come available, our calendar of events will continue to grow.

What should I expect for the 2021 Ride season?

We have an exciting season planned and fully expect we'll be back in the saddle together again in some capacity this year. As we gear up, get registered and begin participating in the JDRF Ride Community. As events and activities come available, and in accordance with CDC's guidelines, we will be updating our Calendar of Events. Be sure to bookmark the page and check back often so you don't miss out on any of the excitement!

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 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.

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 assist 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 in with your Coach and Chapter to see what's happening in your area!

Is there a required fundraising minimum?

There are no minimum fundraising requirements to participate. Rather, we will offer fundraising incentives and exciting perks for the 2021 Ride season for those who fundraise. Click here for details.

Can I cancel my registration?

You can cancel your registration at any time, but without the constraints of fundraising minimums, we hope you choose to ride with us and fundraise to accelerate much-needed research. Anyone who fundraises for the 2021 Ride may be eligible for exciting incentives! 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 still wish to cancel your registration, please reach out to us at ride@jdrf.org.

How do I turn in cash and checks I've received?

Please send all check and cash donations to your JDRF Chapter for processing. You can also direct donors to your Ride page to make an online donation as well. Connecting your participant center to the Facebook Fundraising App is an easy and helpful way to help encourage on-line giving.

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 on 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"!