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Old 02-07-06, 11:28 AM
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Tour de Cure

I just registered for the Columbia MD metric on May 6th. This will be my first organized ride ever. Has anyone done this ride before, and if you have, what should I expect. How is the support? traffic? you know, the normal question. also, is anyone else here planing on doing this this year?

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I have signed up for the Tour de Cure in Orlando. It's actually this coming weekend. I'm interested to see what it'll be like. I'll let you know how mine goes.
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Old 02-07-06, 10:12 PM
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Tour de cure events are almost always excellent. They run the summit to surf ride here, near portland. It might be my favorite organized ride in the area. Though last year there seemed to be a lack of food, and it was hotter than hell.
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I did my first (and only, to date) century at the Tour de Cure in Bentonville Arkansas last year. It was great... well organized, distance between rest stops was good. Lots of crackers and power bars, etc.

Route was fair... good average of hills and flats... no terribly difficult but a challenge... honestly I WAAAY overtrained for it.

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Old 02-07-06, 11:35 PM
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Well, I am biased because I am on the Wisconsin Tour de Cure committee. But, in our rider surveys we always get very high marks.

We consistently have people who have no connection at all with diabetes do our ride year after year. First, they do it because they are very good people who are want to help other people fight a horrible disease.
But, second, they also tell us that they come back because our ride is so well organized and supported.

The American Diabetes Association works very hard to make sure that the ride is fun, well supported and well organized. In our ride, we have about 150 volunteers working on a ride that averages 750 riders. That's one volunteer for every five riders.

We do all kinds of other things to make sure you have a good time.

Thanks for doing the ride. Your support is really appreciated.
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I've done the Rochester Tour de Cure for the last four years.

2006 will be the second runing of my team: Team Sugar Rush.

Sponsered by Sugar's Bike Shop in Spencerport, NY.

This year we get jerseys from Voler instead of nylon t-shirts from Precaryous.

I was the youngest Team Captain at last years Tour, at 16 years old.

Now I'm 17, and even more captain-y.
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I did the 100k route in the Orlando Tour de Cure. It was awesome. Very well organized!!! In fact, I think there were too many rest stops (about every 9-10 miles). It was great though.
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Old 02-15-06, 07:49 AM
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Tour de cure rider here as well. Pittsburgh. I love it. Good time. Have fun.
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I am signed up for the Harrisburg PA ride. This will probably be my second organized ride (unless I do something else sooner) and first one for charity. My charity events up until now were walks.

I am looking forward to it!
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I'm doing the June TDC in Brighton, MI. It'll be my first organized ride. Thanks so sharing information about your various TDC experiences. I'm really looking forward to the event.
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What's the minimum sponsor amount to ride?
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Originally Posted by voltman
What's the minimum sponsor amount to ride?
$150
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Originally Posted by voltman
What's the minimum sponsor amount to ride?
Actually, it depends on the ride.

I a member of the TDC organizing committee in Wisconsin. Some rides have no minimum, others have a $100 minimum, etc. Check with your local organizers. The TDC is organized in each state by the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Call them to find out if there is a minimum.

However, remember, the purpose of the TDC is help fund the search for a diabetes cure.

So, please give as much as you can afford. It is tax deductable as a charitable contribution.
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Did the Sarasota Tour de Cure today. I did the 50k on my Hybrid bike. I have only been biking, at least since the last 30 years, for 3 months. This was my first ride so I didn't know what to expect. I did simple training, just increasing my weekly ride about 2-3 miles each week. Did 33 each weekend for last 6 weeks. The weather was somewhat nasty, drizzly and threatening to rain with relatively strong winds - 15 to 20 mph. The ride WAS real organized. Food and drink at every stop and they were about 7 - 10 miles apart. I hadn't done this on my rides so that made things pretty easy. At the end was a great lunch and some nice giveaways. I had a great time with our team members.

Fund raising couldn't have been easier either. First of all it is a great cause with potential cures or much easier treatments not far off. They have a WebSite that is a piece of cake to do, you basically put in the emails of your potential donors, they have an email already written and you can easily edit to make it more personal. Hit send and its off. Your friends get the email and can make the donations on line. Super easy and the minimum pledge of 150 is raised quickly.

I get the idea from earlier emails that most rides aren't so well organized, so I am really glad my first one was such a treat.
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Originally Posted by DamnRock
I did my first (and only, to date) century at the Tour de Cure in Bentonville Arkansas last year. It was great... well organized, distance between rest stops was good. Lots of ers and power bars, etc.

Route was fair... good average of hills and flats... no terribly difficult but a challenge... honestly I WAAAY overtrained for it.

Rock
I rode that too, I spent the last month training at 94 degrees F. On the day of the ride it was about 38, it started out with a quick ride downhill. I'm still cold.

Overall the ride was excellent. I just recieved an email from the tour looking for volunteer teams.
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I did the Tour de Cure in NYC and it was all hills. It was my first so I was undertrained for it. Decent support, but the MS Ride had better support IMO.
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All hills in NYC????
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Do you have any info on the Columbia ride? Haven't heard of it. But I live 40min away and work in Columbia. I would love to try it out.

Haven't done a Tour de Cure yet either. The ride I really want to try this year is the Civil war Century.

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