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.
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.
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
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.