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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tour de Cure Women’s Series? Tour de Cure Women’s Series is the American Diabetes Association's newest signature fundraising cycling event focusing on the passion and commitment of women who are helping to Stop Diabetes. With strong support from different women’s only clubs and organizations, this event raises money to support the mission of the American Diabetes Association. 
How can I participate in Tour de Cure Women’s Series? You can form a team, participate as an individual rider or as a member of a team. Take your first step and register today!  Teams are made up of 2 or more. 
What is involved in participating in Tour de Cure Women’s Series? Participants register and recruit friends or family to ride with them and raise money. The day of the event is a chance to ride and to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of our teams and individual participants as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.
Do I have to raise money? There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $200 per person in order to participate as a rider in the Tour de Cure Women’s Series. As a reward, thank you gifts can be selected by riders who raise $250 or more, and we offer additional incentives to individual riders and teams who go above and beyond with their fundraising! We give special recognition to women raising over $1,000 as our Champions to Stop Diabetes. 
How are the funds raised by Tour de Cure Women’s Series used? Your donations fund research for a cure, information to help prevent diabetes, advocacy for those affected by diabetes and public awareness activities of the American Diabetes Association.
Do you need to be an avid cyclist with group riding experience to participate? No. The Tour de Cure Women’s Series welcomes participants of all skill levels and we have routes that will be perfect just for you! Each event will have three or four different route distances to choose from: a short, easy cruise or a more challenging route. We suggest training for whatever route you choose. You can find additional training resources once you register.
Can friends and family participate in the Finish Line festivities? Friends and family members are welcome at the post-ride party, though you will want to check with your local Tour staff and ask if they will have to pay any extra fees for parking or food. Family and friends are definitely encouraged to cheer for you at the finish line and volunteer at the event!
Can I bring my own personal SAG (Support and Gear vehicles)? Personal SAGs are not permitted on the route. However, if you would like to volunteer to drive a SAG available to all riders, please contact your local Tour staff.  There will be plenty of support to help you along the way, if needed. 
What if it rains? We ride rain or shine! Pack rain gear just in case and don't let a little water stop you in the fight against diabetes! Check your local webpage for updates in case of severe thunderstorms that could delay or cancel the routes.
The Tour de Cure Women’s Series is more than a great day on a bike. How many opportunities do you get to change the future of diabetes? Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes. You can help change that trend by raising important funds for the American Diabetes Association.
The Tour de Cure Women’s Series riders are responsible for collecting donations to meet the fundraising minimum in order to participate; it powers our services to nearly 26 million children and adults in U.S. with diabetes until there is a cure. We're here to help you reach and exceed that minimum with easy-to-use tools and resources. When you register, a personal page is created for you that makes it easy to reach out to everyone in your email contact list in only a few minutes. Our local Tour de Cure coordinator and online support staff are available by phone, chat or email to help you get started and answer any questions you have. We've put the fun in FUNdraising for you!


Below are a few helpful fundraising tips as you get started on your fundraising:

  • Connect your donors to our mission; include facts about why you are supporting the American Diabetes Association and the Tour de Cure Women’s Series.
  • Utilize your personal webpage provided by the American Diabetes Association and personalize it with "why you ride" from the very start. Let your donors know your reason(s) for riding. Everyone has a story so don't be shy about sharing your own.
  • Send emails to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, fellow church or temple members, old classmates-you never know who has been touched by diabetes.
  • Set a high but not impossible goal and share this goal with everyone!
  • Double your money by applying for a matching gift. Be sure to check with your company to see if matching gifts are offered. You can also ask any of your donors if their donations are eligible to be matched by their companies too.
  • Use the power of social media to reach your contact and fundraise on Facebook! We have a fundraising app which will connect your Facebook page to your online Tour webpage making online fundraising a snap!
  • Form a team and fundraise even more with a group of like-minded women!

These tips are just a few of the things we suggest to our riders but we're also here to provide you with a personalized experience so please reach out to your local Tour staff to talk about other ways in which you can fundraise successfully!