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    Tour de Cure: Hampton Roads VA: April 20, 2013

    I posted about this event in the Southeast Regional Rides and Events forum, but figured that it would be a good idea to do so here as well.


    http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Tou...try&fr_id=8590

    Show your support for a worthy cause by signing up or donating to a rider/team or simply to the American Diabetes Association.

    This will be my first charity ride and my first mile century.
    It'll be nice to see anyone in the forums on that day.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    What TDC: Hampton Roads has raised and number of riders as of today, 1/7/13.
    Fundraising Goal: $400,000.00
    Achieved to Date: $50,416.17
    Days to Event: 103
    Number of Teams: 59
    Number of Riders: 525

    The team I'm on, Hampton Roads Tour de Cure: Team Red, is at the following:
    Goal: $15,000.00
    Achieved: $4,755.33

    I've raise $78 of the $175 goal I set.

    Donations to my ride, Team Red, to any TDC around the country, or directly to the American Diabetes Association are very much appreciated.
    Know that your donations go to a great cause.

    Link to my TDC webpage is below in my signature.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Register soon and you can attend a Tour De Cure: Hampton Roads Kick-off event taking place on January 23rd. If you are registered and RSVP for the event by Jan. 16(probably need to be registered by Jan 15), you can attend the kick-off event.

    2013 Tour de Cure Kick-Off Event

    Mark your calendars and join us for the 2013 Tour de Cure Kick-Off Event on January 23rd! Click here to download and save the event details. Don't forget to RSVP by January 16th!




    Also, if you raise the $175 by January 31st, you get a personalized bib for the riding event. If you don't plan to ride, you are welcome to donate to help me or anyone else riding to meet their goal.


    __________________________________________________________




    Edit: Just noticed that you can register for the TDC: Hampton Roads at the Kick-off event and save $10 on the registration fee!
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    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
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    12 Weeks before the ride. Remember to train so you can have the most enjoyable experience.

    Below are some resources that are available:


    Cyclist Guide


    Refer to the Tour de Cure Cyclist Guide as the perfect Training Resource!
    If you want to find some great training resources all in one place, the Tour de Cure Cyclist Guide is for you! This guide includes information about safe riding, group riding, stretching, hydration, nutrition, a sample training plan and information about the Tour de Cure, as well!


    Gold's Gym


    Know your own strength.
    Gold's Gym, national sponsor of Tour de Cure, is a great place to go for expert fitness advice. Check out their training plans and get information from their personal cycling coaches and from their renowned fitness experts!



    Chris Carmichael & Carmichael
    Training Systems



    We are pleased to welcome back Chris Carmichael as the honorary chair of the Tour de Cure! Chris has devoted more than 20 years to helping amateur and professional athletes achieve their performance goals, from improved health to completing your first Century, all the way up to Ironman and Tour de France victories. Now Chris wants to help our Tour riders be the best they can be!





    Exercising & Training with Diabetes


    Red Riders can be proud of exercising and riding with diabetes!
    Red Riders are all participants that have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and we are excited about our new training resources brought to you by TeamWILD.

    • DOWNLOAD the Red Rider Cycling with Diabetes GUIDE.
    • DOWNLOAD the video worksheet that will help you take great notes while you view the video below.




    Hydration


    You’ve heard it before, riders need to drink, drink, and drink!
    Fluids are crucial to your performance and sense of well-being, but it is amazing how few cyclists heed this advice. You might forget to drink because of the excitement of the ride and become dehydrated which is a common problem among cyclists, especially in warm weather. To prevent this you must always drink plenty of fluids while you ride and also prepare in advance. Check out even more of our hydration secrets.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Here are some additional resources as well:




    Stretching


    Getting your muscles ready to ride!
    Stretching is extremely important in keeping your muscles flexible and injury free, but there are a lot of things people do wrong when stretching. We’ve got some helpful hints for you such as warming up first, stretching equally on both sides your body and much more!



    Clif Bar Nutrition 101 Podcast


    National Tour de Cure nutrition sponsor Clif Bar brings you a Tour de Cure Clif Cast!
    Clif Bar and the Tour de Cure are offering information and insights on Sports Nutrition for riders with a newly released Clif Cast! Get the lowdown on proper nutrition, hydration, and other tips and tricks dedicated to getting the most out of your training and your Tour de Cure efforts!



    Sample Training Plan


    We can help you go the distance to Stop Diabetes!
    If you are looking to ride 30, 60 or 100 miles we have a great daily training schedule for you! These sample training programs are designed for someone who can already cycle 10 miles at a 10 mph pace without difficulty. It is only a guideline. If you cannot currently cycle 10 miles then start with 3 miles, build up over the next 2 weeks to a 10-mile ride, and then start the program.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Remember, if you raise the minimum by January 31st or help a rider raise the minimum, $175,
    by Jan 31, you or the rider you are supporting receives a personalized bib.

    If I meet the minimum by Jan 31, I may change my goal to a higher donation level.



    CURRENT PROMOTIONS
    2 Days Left!


    Personalized
    Tour de Cure Bibs


    The Mission: Raise the $175 minimum by January 31st

    The Prize: A personalized Tour de Cure bib

    The Contest Details: Personalize your Tour de Cure experience!

    All registered riders who have raised the event minimum, $175, by January 31st will receive a personalized Tour de Cure bib in their rider packet.
    Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 01-29-13 at 06:03 PM.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Received some additional information concerning incentives(recruitment) and some information concerning Rider Welcome Packets--see below.

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    January Rider Goal - only 30 more riders!

    When called to task, YOU were able to help the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure meet a goal – 500 riders by December 31st! Now, we have set a new challenge for the New Year.

    On our way to our 1,100 rider goal for 2013, we are taking steps and setting goals each month. With your support we know each goal will be possible! So with 1 day left in January, we need your help to recruit 30 more riders to reach our goal of 625 riders by January 31st!

    But what is a goal without a great incentive? If we reach 625 riders by the end of the month, we will enter EVERY registered rider for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

    Ready…Set…Recruit!

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    Electronic vs. Mailed – Rider Welcome Packets
    It has come to our attention that the Rider Welcome Packets have been unexpectedly delayed. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. The National Office is working to get the packets out to everyone ASAP.

    Please note: All riders who register are asked about their preference of receiving their Rider Welcome Packet via Postal (hard copy) vs. electronic:

    “Your Fundraising and Cyclist Guides will be sent to you electronically. If you also would like to receive event information by postal mail, please indicate yes below.”

    Riders who answer YES were mailed hard copies. If you are in need of additional materials to assist you in your Tour de Cure fundraising, please contact Amie Holman at aholman@diabetes . org. Below are a few items you may find useful as well:

    Tour de Cure Receipts
    Tour de Cure Deposit Slips
    Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure Local Route Guide
    Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 01-30-13 at 04:39 PM.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    New incentive for raising money during the month of February:


    ___________________________________________________

    CURRENT PROMOTIONS
    iSpy a GREAT prize!


    Apple iPad

    The Mission: Raise funds towards your Tour de Cure participation for a chance to
    WIN BIG!

    The Prize: An Apple iPad

    The Contest Details: For every $50 you raise between February 1 and 22, you will be entered for a chance to win an Apple iPad.

    Log in to your Tour Participant Center today to send emails encouraging people to support you through a donation or by joining you forthe ride of their life! And don’t forget — Facebook is a great fundraising tool as well.

    Log in or register today!
    ____________________________________________________________



    Looks like a great prize. Love to win one.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
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    Senior Member Bikey Mikey's Avatar
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    Some more incentives and information, including map routes.


    Hampton Roads, VA
    Tour de Cure News
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    2013 Finisher Medals

    Whether you ride 100 miles or 10 miles, participating in and fundraising for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure is a great accomplishment. At the end of this year's ride, we will be giving all riders a commemorative finisher medal. All you have to do is raise the event minimum or more by the day of the event and come out and ride in the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure on April 20th. Don't forget your helmet!




    Tour de Cure Route Maps

    All route maps are now available online on the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure event page at www.diabetes.org/hamptonroadsvatour:

    100-Mile Map
    65-Mile Map
    30-Mile Map
    10-Mile Map

    Electronic files are also available and can be downloaded here.



    Champion Your Effort

    Becoming a Champion in the fight against diabetes should come with a red cape. But since a cape would difficult to ride with, we have a few other prizes to say 'thank you' for being a hero, including Tour de Cure cycling gloves, VIP parking, and more! :
    (Click here or on flier to download details)





    Team Captain Corner

    News about the upcoming Team Week and Team Captain incentive deadlines can be found here! Click on the link or on the flier below to download the details.

    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Latest update on the Hampton Roads Tour de Cure fundraising effort:

    Fundraising Goal: $400,000.00
    Achieved to Date: $113,973.65
    Days to Event: 44
    Number of Teams: 67
    Number of Riders: 739

    Team Tents:

    Team Tentsby April 1
    All teams who raise $5,000 or more by April 1st will receive a team tent at the Celebration Site the day of the ride. You are welcome to decorate your tent, use it as a meeting spot the morning of the ride, or use it as a shaded place to sit and eat in the afternoon. Day of, here is what each team that qualifies for a tent can expect:
    • 10x10 tent
    • Team signage
    • A welcome basket provided by Presenting Sponsor, Bon Secours Virginia Health System

    Congratulations to the Teams that have already qualified for a team tent:
    • Norfolk Southern PowerTrain
    • Team Red

    Participation Medal:


    2013 Finisher Medals

    Whether you ride 100 miles or 10 miles, participating in and fundraising for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure is a great accomplishment. At the end of this year's ride, we will be giving all riders a commemorative finisher medal (it doubles as a key chain). All you have to do is raise the event minimum or more by the day of the event and come out and ride in the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure on April 20th. Don't forget your helmet!









    Top Teams so far:

    TOP TEAMS
    Family/Friend Team

    1. Team Red - $8,877.33
    2. Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness - $5,290.00
    3. Diabeters - $2,128.00
    4. Team Ridin dirty - $1,951.00
    5. Easy Riders - $1,555.00
    6. Cyclists for Christ - $1,470.00
    7. Suffolk Riders - $1,368.00
    8. Over-D-Hill - $1,044.00
    9. Kerneos - $1,039.00
    10. Go Navy - $836.00

    Corporate Team

    1. Norfolk Southern PowerTrain - $13,196.44
    2. Dollar Tree - $3,718.00
    3. Team Amerigroup - $3,544.00
    4. Liberty Tax Service - $2,942.00
    5. Best Buy - $1,823.00
    6. AOS-Sentara - $1,262.00
    7. Allfirst Angels - $1,243.00
    8. CRMC Healthy Me - $1,042.00
    9. Team Seven Cities Rickshaws - $797.00
    10. Bon Secours Virginia - $750.00

    Club/Organization Team

    1. Team Portsmouth Go-Sports CG City - $6,892.83
    2. Team Killer Bees - $4,443.54
    3. Tidewater Bicycle Association - $3,571.50
    4. Blue Suit Pacers - $2,197.00
    5. The Chain Gang - $1,156.00
    6. Purple Peddlers - $447.00
    7. CAMSLANT - $124.00
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Updates and more information:

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    Hampton Roads, VA
    Tour de Cure News
    March 13, 2013
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    Through the cycle of ups and the downs,
    remember to enjoy the ride.


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    Champion Your Effort
    Pick-Your-Prize Entry Deadline Friday

    Becoming a Champion in the fight against diabetes should come with a red cape. But since a cape would difficult to ride with, we have a few other prizes to say 'thank you' for being a hero, including Tour de Cure Champion bibs, VIP parking, and more!
    (Click here to download details)


    CONGRATULATIONS to our current Champions who have raised $1,000+ in the fight against diabetes:

    Robert Joyce
    Neil Lamartin
    Patrick Harpster
    Celeste Cooper
    Lee Shrader
    Thomas Winter
    Roger Dean
    Gary Jensen
    Bill Campbell
    Paul Sperling
    Fonda Menzel
    James Hixon
    David Sack


    Also, congratulations to the following riders who are on track to becoming a Champion AND have already been entered for a chance to win the Pick-Your-Prize Incentive - the Garmin Watch with Bike Mount or $200 Visa Gift Card:

    (deadline for entry in the Pick-Your-Prize Incentive is Friday, March 15)
    Irma Wittges
    Richard Woods
    Robert Farthing
    Janis Buchwald
    David Newman
    Erik Boyd
    Felishia Squires
    Bruce Lawrence
    Ron Perrello
    Raymond Leach
    Kevin Wagner
    James R. Edwards
    Tracey Atteberry
    Michelle De Poo

    It is never too late to become a Champion to Stop Diabetes!! Set your $1,000 goal, personalize your Tour de Cure page, send your Tour de Cure emails, and post your challenge on Facebook to put yourself on track to becoming a Champion.



    Your Champion Story
    We asked our current Champions to share what they felt was their greatest success to raising over $1,000 and becoming a Champion to Stop Diabetes. Here is what Paul Sperling had to say:
    “My fundraising success can be attributed to persistence. I send out emails every week and talk to people all the time. Eventually I get a great deal of them to make a donation. I even send reminders once a month to those who have not donated yet explaining that just a $5 donation can and will make a difference.”
    Thanks for sharing your story Paul!




    2013 Finisher Medals

    Whether you ride 100 miles or 10 miles, participating in and fundraising for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure is a great accomplishment. At the end of this year's ride, we will give all riders a commemorative finisher medal (it doubles as a key chain). All you have to do is raise the event minimum or more by the day of the event and come out and ride in the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure on April 20th. Don't forget your helmet!



    Team Captain Corner

    The Sweet Sound of Music – by March 15
    Don't miss your chance to earn the official Tour de Cure Team Captain Smart Phone Bike Speakers! It is as easy as 1..2..3 :

    1. REGISTER as a Team Captain
    2. RECRUIT 5 team members
    3. RAISE $1,500 (as a team)
    Registrations and donations must be received by March 15, 2013.

    Team Tentsby April 1
    All teams who raise $5,000 or more by April 1st will receive a team tent at the Celebration Site the day of the ride. You are welcome to decorate your tent, use it as a meeting spot the morning of the ride, or use it as a shaded place to sit and eat in the afternoon. Day of, here is what each team that qualifies for a tent can expect:
    • 10x10 tent
    • Team signage
    • A welcome basket provided by Presenting Sponsor, Bon Secours Virginia Health System

    Congratulations to the Teams that have already qualified for a team tent:
    • Norfolk Southern PowerTrain
    • Team Red
    • Team Portsmouth Go-Sports CG City
    • Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness





    Meet the Medical Director for Tour de Cure

    Dr. McHugh and his team will be available at Tour de Cure to help you with any sports related injuries and to help keep our riders safe. Riders can stop by the Bon Secours Virginia Tent to consult the doctor about any aches and pains and even get some ice. Thank you again to Dr. McHugh and Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy for your support! Click here to learn more about Dr. McHugh.


    Welcome Go Macro
    We are excited to announce that Go Macro is the 2013 National Nutritional Bar Sponsor of the Tour de Cure! Go Macro will provide Go Macro Minis for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure. To learn more about their products, go to http://www.gomacro.com/.




    Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt!
    Cool down after the ride with a mini cone from Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt! Skinny Dip will be at the Celebration Site from 2:00pm - 4:00pm ready to share their yummy goodness with you. Thank you, Cindy Rauch and Skinny Dip of Hampton Roads, for supporting the 2013 Tour de Cure!


    Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
    Room Block Extended

    Looking for hotel lodging for the Tour de Cure? Check out the Hilton Garden Inn - Suffolk Riverfront. There are 6 rooms left in the limited room block, which has been extended to March 20th. Make your reservations today! Click on the link below or call 757-925-1300 (make sure to tell them you are with the Tour de Cure).

    http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/O/ORFSHGI-ADA-20130419/index.jhtml

    For additional lodging options, click here or go to the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure site at www.diabetes.org/hamptonroadsvatour.



    Rider Packet Pick-up Dates
    If you want to avoid standing in line on Saturday morning, come see us at one of the following early packet pick-up locations. PLEASE NOTE: the $175 event minimum must be met and waiver forms must be signed and presented to pick up rider packet. You can download a copy of the waiver here and bring it with you to packet pick-up. We will also have copies available at registration.


    Wednesday, April 10th
    9:30am – 6:30pm
    American Diabetes Association Office
    870 Greenbrier Circle
    Suite 404
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    (757) 424-6662

    Thursday, April 11th
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Bon Secours In Motion at Hilltop
    1817 Laskin Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    (757) 437-0471

    Friday, April 12th
    4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness – Chesapeake
    237 Hanbury Rd E
    Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 410-4930

    Friday, April 19th
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    King’s Fork High School
    351 Kings Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Saturday, April 20th TOUR DE CURE
    6:30am – 10:15am
    King’s Fork High School
    351 King's Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Here's a quick look at what's in your rider packet
    (click here to download Early Packet Pick-up flier)

    • Bib & 4 pins
    • Bike frame number
    • Helmet number
    • Wristband (wristband colors will be matched to route markings and signs)
    • Event Waiver
    • Event T-shirt



    Check Donations
    What do you do with them?

    Don’t worry about holding on to all of your offline donations until the day of the ride! Send them to the local ADA office with a deposit slip:
    American Diabetes Association
    Attn: Tour de Cure
    870 Greenbrier Circle
    Chesapeake, VA 23320

    Remember to convert your cash donations to a check before mailing! All checks can be made payable to the "American Diabetes Association" or “ADA.”



    Offline Donations
    This past fall we noted that there was a new program that automatically uploaded offline donations that were sent into the local ADA office. Unfortunately, that program has been stopped due to technical issues. As in years past, all offline donations have to be manually entered online by each rider.

    We believe we have updated all offline donations as of March 1st. Please check your personal page to make sure all of the offline donations you have sent in to the local ADA office are reflected online. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Please find below the instructions on how you can manually enter your offline donations:

    1. Log in to your Tour Participant Center at www.diabetes.org/hamptonroadsvatour.

    2. Click on the “Progress” tab at the top of the page.

    3. To the right, you will see a link to “Enter Check/Cash Donations” under the Progress Tools.

    4. Enter the donor information. If the donor is already in your address book, make sure to enter their email address so a new entry is not created. Please note – how you enter the donor’s name is exactly how it will display on your fundraising page.

    5. Click “Add.”

    6.
    The donation will be added to your status thermometer and your fundraising scroller.


    You can then mail your offline gifts to the local ADA office so we can process them towards your fundraising:

    American Diabetes Association
    Attn: Tour de Cure
    870 Greenbrier Circle
    Suite 404
    Chesapeake, VA 23320

    Be sure to include a deposit slip or a note stating the donations are for your Tour de Cure fundraising so we know whom to credit.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


    My nephew's and his two friends' blog about their riding the East Coast, Maine to the Keys:
    http://brobreak.wordpress.com/

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    Hampton Roads, VA
    Tour de Cure News
    March 21, 2013


    Don't let the weather slow you down! Spring is coming and so is the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure. Just 30 days and counting! Are you ready?
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


    My nephew's and his two friends' blog about their riding the East Coast, Maine to the Keys:
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    Just a hair over 3 weeks until the event. I hope training is going well regardless of the cooler than normal temperatures and windiness. I'll be looking forward to possibly meeting some of you from the BF forums at the event. If you are on Team Red, we'll have a tent since we raised more than $5,000(so far, Team Red has raised over $14,000 toward the $26,000 goal.). It's not too late to register. Remember, whatever distance you ride, it's for an excellent cause.

    http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Tou...try&fr_id=8590


    An update of the fundraising:

    Date: April 20, 2013
    Start Location: King's Fork High School - Suffolk, VA
    Event Manager: Amie Holman
    Email: aholman@diabetes.org
    Phone: 1-888-DIABETES x 3276 Fundraising Goal: $448,000.00
    Achieved to Date: $207,315.80
    Days to Event: 22
    Number of Teams: 69
    Number of Riders: 844

    Registration Fee: $25
    Fundraising Minimum: $175
    Route Distances: 100-miles, 65-miles, 30-miles and 10-miles

    Packet Pickup
    When and where are the packet pickups?
    The early packet pick-up times are as follows:

    • April 10 American Diabetes Association office 9:30am - 6:30pm 870 Greenbrier Circle, Ste 404, Chesapeake, VA 23320

    • April 11 Bon Secours In Motion at Hilltop 5pm - 8pm
    1817 Laskin Road VA Beach, VA 23454

    • April 12 Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness - Chesapeake 4pm - 7pm
    237 Hanbury Rd E, Chesapeake, VA 23322

    • April 19 King’s Fork High School 5pm - 8pm
    351 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434

    • April 20 King’s Fork High School (Tour de Cure) 6:30am - 10:30am
    Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 03-30-13 at 03:14 AM. Reason: word correction
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Well, I drove the route and there's more climbs than I have to deal with. The route I take where I live has some climbs and I made sure to include quite a few, but not to the level of the TDC: Hampton Roads. I'm sure I'll survive, lol. Today I actually did my first century but solo. None of my route takes me more than 6 miles from my house and the route is like a figure 8 where my home is quite close to where the figure eight crosses itself--actually did 108 miles, 2X my age.

    If you can, I would recommend driving the route so you can familiarize yourself with the terrain and turns.
    Last edited by Bikey Mikey; 04-08-13 at 02:07 PM.
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    Just a tad more than one week to go. Hopefully we'll have good weather for the event. Remember, it happens rain or shine unless it's dangerous severe weather. Bring rain gear just in case.

    I picked up my packet yesterday. If you can, I recommend that you pick up your packet at one of the early dates to avoid long lines.

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    Latest from the TDC:Hampton Roads.

    Police Support the Day of the Ride

    PLEASE NOTE: Suffolk Police will be there to ensure cyclist and motorist safety. They will not stop traffic at intersections unless there are 10 or more cyclist approaching an intersection at a time. Cyclist are required to obey the rules of the road and to stop at intersections as necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of the motoring public.





    Final Instructions
    Pre-event and Day-of Event Details

    You've got mail! By now you should have received a copy of the Tour de Cure Final Instructions in your mailbox. You can also click here for information on parking, what to bring the day of the ride, Celebration site festivities, route information, frequently asked questions, and the day-of event emergency number.



    Rider Packet Pick-up Dates
    If you want to avoid standing in line on Saturday morning, come see us at one of the following early packet pick-up locations. PLEASE NOTE: the $175 event minimum must be met and waiver forms must be signed and presented to pick up rider packet. You can download a copy of the waiver here and bring it with you to packet pick-up. We will also have copies available at registration.




    Wednesday, April 10th
    9:30am – 6:30pm
    American Diabetes Association Office
    870 Greenbrier Circle
    Suite 404
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    (757) 424-6662

    Thursday, April 11th
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Bon Secours In Motion at Hilltop
    1817 Laskin Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    (757) 437-0471

    Friday, April 12th
    4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness – Chesapeake
    237 Hanbury Rd E
    Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 410-4930

    Friday, April 19th
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    King’s Fork High School
    351 Kings Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Saturday, April 20th TOUR DE CURE
    6:30am – 10:15am
    King’s Fork High School
    351 King's Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Here's a quick look at what's in your rider packet
    (click here to download Early Packet Pick-up flier)

    • Bib & 4 pins
    • Bike frame number
    • Helmet number
    • Wristband (wristband colors will be matched to route markings and signs)
    • Event Waiver
    • Event T-shirt


    Post-Ride Festivities

    After you complete your ride in the Tour de Cure, make sure to come over to the Celebration Site and enjoy:
    ► Bon Secours Recovery Tent: Ice and medical volunteers from Bon Secours VA Health Systems will be there to help you
    ► Post event massage
    ► Live music from the Norfolk Southern Lawman Band
    ► Team and individual photos opportunities
    ► Post-Ride Meal provided by The Egg Bistro
    ► Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar (from 2:00 - 4:00pm)
    ► Camaraderie with other Tour de Cure riders

    Showers will also be available inside the school.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


    My nephew's and his two friends' blog about their riding the East Coast, Maine to the Keys:
    http://brobreak.wordpress.com/

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    Hampton Roads, VA
    Tour de Cure News


    3 days until the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure! Are you ready?


    Our Hearts are with you, Boston.

    Ribbons in memory and honor of all those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy will be at the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure registration tables this Saturday. Even if you have already picked up your packet, make sure to stop by and pick up a ribbon. Our hearts are with you, Boston.


    Final Instructions

    Pre-event and Day-of Event Details

    You've got mail! By now you should have received a copy of the Tour de Cure Final Instructions in your mailbox. You can also click here for information on parking, what to bring the day of the ride, Celebration site festivities, route information, frequently asked questions, and the day-of event emergency number.



    Rider Packet Pick-up Dates
    If you want to avoid standing in line on Saturday morning, come see us on Friday night from 5-8pm at Kings Fork High School. PLEASE NOTE: the $175 event minimum must be met and waiver forms must be signed and presented to pick up rider packet. You can download a copy of the waiver here and bring it with you to packet pick-up. We will also have copies available at registration. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO packet pick-up at the ADA office this week. Packets can be picked up Friday evening or Saturday morning before the ride.

    Friday, April 19th
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    King’s Fork High School
    351 Kings Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Saturday, April 20th TOUR DE CURE
    6:30am – 10:15am
    King’s Fork High School
    351 King's Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
    Here's a quick look at what's in your rider packet

    • Bib & 4 pins
    • Bike frame number
    • Helmet number
    • Wristband (wristband colors will be matched to route markings and signs)
    • Event Waiver
    • Event T-shirt

    Police Support the Day of the Ride

    PLEASE NOTE: The City of Suffolk Police Department is strongly supporting this event and will have an active presence at the event site and on the Tour routes this weekend. Suffolk Police will be there to ensure cyclist and motorist safety. They will not stop traffic at intersections unless there are 10 or more cyclist approaching an intersection at a time. Cyclist are required to obey the rules of the road and to stop at intersections as necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of the motoring public.

    Post-Ride Festivities

    After you complete your ride in the Tour de Cure, make sure to come over to the Celebration Site and enjoy:
    ► Bon Secours Recovery Tent: Ice and medical volunteers from Bon Secours VA Health Systems will be there to help you
    ► Post event massage
    ► Live music from the Norfolk Southern Lawman Band
    ► Team and individual photos opportunities
    ► Post-Ride Meal provided by The Egg Bistro
    ► Camaraderie with other Tour de Cure riders

    Showers will also be available inside the school.


    "Go Red Rider"
    It's Not a Secret, It's Our Mantra
    Prepare yourself. It’s going to happen all day April 20th. At the starting line. At rest stops. Along each course. From the SAG vehicles. At the finish line.
    What you hear: “GO RED RIDER!”
    What it means: “I love you!”
    I love you, Red Rider, for your courage to announce your diabetes to the world. For the strength you’ve found to get on your bicycle and take control of your health and wellness. I love you because even though it would be easy to give up, you don’t—you push even harder.
    Mari Ruddy, founder of the Red Rider program of the ADA Tour de Cure, says this love is “calm, and deep and real…It’s the essence of the connection we have with one another and the planet.” Mari says this kind of love even helps lower her blood sugar.
    “I have no idea if anyone has scientifically studied it, but my personal theory is that the love I’m talking about relaxes me so the insulin on board works better. And my muscles and liver can process glucose better.”
    We at the Hampton Roads Tour de Cure may not be scientists, but we think the meaning and its possible healthful side effects are great! That’s why you’ll know how much we love, admire and respect you every time you hear “GO RED RIDER!”
    Source: Mari Ruddy. “Go Red Rider Means ‘I love you!’ and Could Lower Your Blood Sugar.” http://teamwildathletics.com/2013/02/19/go-red-rider-means-i-love-you-and-could-lower-your-blood-sugar/


    Thank You Gift Fundraising Deadline
    May 20th

    Still waiting on that donation check from Aunt Jane? No problem! Although you must meet the $175 fundraising minimum by the day of the ride, you still have time post-event to turn in any addtional funds to qualify for your Tour de Cure Thank you Gift. Curious as to what gift level you qualify for? Click here to find out!




    2013 Finisher Medals
    Whether you ride 100 miles or 10 miles, participating in and fundraising for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure is a great accomplishment. At the end of this year's ride, we will give all riders a commemorative finisher medal (it doubles as a key chain). All you have to do is raise the event minimum or more by the day of the event and come out and ride in the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure on April 20th. Don't forget your helmet!

    Meet the Medical Director for Tour de Cure
    Dr. McHugh and his team will be available at Tour de Cure to help you with any sports related injuries and to help keep our riders safe. Riders can stop by the Bon Secours Virginia Tent to consult the doctor about any aches and pains and even get some ice. Thank you again to Dr. McHugh and Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy for your support! Click here to learn more about Dr. McHugh.


    Welcome Go Macro
    We are excited to announce that Go Macro is the 2013 National Nutritional Bar Sponsor of the Tour de Cure! Go Macro will provide Go Macro Minis for the Hampton Roads, VA Tour de Cure. To learn more about their products, go to http://www.gomacro.com/.




    Additional Training for Red Riders

    Just because Tour de Cure is this week does not mean your training has to stop there!
    Red Rider Founder, Mari Ruddy, knows how much courage it takes for those with diabetes to get on a bike and be a warrior for health. Mari is encouraging all Tour de Cure riders to yell “Go Red Rider!” to every cyclist you see who wears the Red Rider jersey. She also wants you to encourage those you know with diabetes to seek additional training and support. TeamWILD athletics has created a variety of training resources for those with diabetes. Once you are registered for the Tour de Cure you will receive access to some online TeamWILD training materials created specifically for cyclists who live with diabetes. To access these materials, login to your Tour Center, click on Training Resources, then click on the TeamWILD information to access the training video and the 10 page PDF guide: “How to be a Successful Tour de Cure Cyclist with Diabetes.”

    If you like the free materials and want even more guidance, TeamWILD offers detailed, integrated cycling eTraining programs. TeamWILD also offer CampWILD to take your cycling skills to the next level in the company of expert coaches. TeamWILD donates 10% of the fees for either program back to your Tour de Cure fundraising efforts.

    To learn more visit http://teamwildathletics.com and make sure to check out the personal letter from Mari to each of you, as well.
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


    My nephew's and his two friends' blog about their riding the East Coast, Maine to the Keys:
    http://brobreak.wordpress.com/

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    Tomorrow's the BIG day!!!

    Email I received yesterday. Hope to see fellow BFrs there. Actually ran into someone doing the TDC tomorrow at the bike shop.

    Hey, Red Riders, Just two days to go, we’ll be pedaling away – helping ourselves as well as helping find the cure with our fund-raising efforts.

    I think the Red Rider concept is catching on. I had a great experience on Tuesday – out on my last rigorous training ride. I was on a local bike path – cruising at a good speed for me when another cyclist passed me on the road. He yelled out – Go Red Rider. I was ecstatic. So expect a lot of people yelling at you the day of the Tour – in a good way of course.

    Maybe some of you are organized more than I am and are all ready for the ride. If not, it’s time. Here is a checklist. If you have seen several times already – good for you – that means you are reading the materials that are intended to prepare you. If not, here is one more opportunity. Make sure you have

    • Extra inner tube (there will be SAG support on the route to help you if needed)
    • Water bottle or two (can be refilled at rest stops)
    • Your meter
    • Glucose tablets, gel paks, or shot blocks – or whatever you use for a quick adjustment for low blood sugars


    Also just a reminder that there will be medical and equipment support along each route, so if you need it – please don’t hesitate to ask!

    Be sure to stop by the Red Rider tent. Danielle will be there along with other helpers. There will be some fun surprises and interesting activities. I’ll be out on the 65-mile route so hope to meet some of you at the rest stops. Far better than meeting in the ditch somewhere. I’ll also be in the Red Rider tent later on.

    Favor to ask of you – meet and greet other Red Riders out on the route, at the rest stops, around the event grounds. Danielle and I would also like to meet each one of you. And we’ll all have a little head start on getting to know each other better next year.

    Enjoy the ride. Life is the journey, not the destination. Saturday’s tour is certainly part of the journey!!

    Leanna
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
    If you see a Tour de Cure event, consider participating or supporting a Red Rider or other participant.


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    Hope some of you were there. Still had a good time despite the chill, wind, and cloudy skies. Fortunately, no rain during the ride.

    Here's my report: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...13-ride-report
    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
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