Welcome to the 2015 New England Classic 150 and 550!
The 2015 New England Classic Tour de Cure is in the books, and thanks to all the riders and volunteers we can declare it a success. Contributions are still coming in, but all indications show us breaking the $300,000 mark in fundraising. Thank you for doing a great job!
We'll be in touch with information on champion rewards for those riders who earned New England Classic Champion status for the NEC 150 ($2,000) or NEC 550 ($5,000).
The NEC 2015 site will remain open through July 31 so tell the procrastinators among your family, friends and colleagues that they can still make a contribution. Remember, the New England Classic may be a ride rather than a race but we are in another race -- a race to Stop Diabetes. Every mile pedaled and every dollar raised moves us closer to bringing the more than 29 million people living with diabetes across the finish line of that race with a victory over this disease.
Registration for the 2016 New England Classic Tour de Cure opens Monday, August 3. Be sure to sign up early for savings on your registration fee. And tell all of your cycling friends why they should join us on the NEC where we Work Hard, Have Fun and Make a Difference.
The New England Classic Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It's a weekend or weeklong adventure cycling through picturesque towns, along the coast and through the mountains. Riders join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Enjoy air-conditioned accommodations, full SAG support with mechanics and well-stocked rest stops while they experience the most fun on two wheels and take on the ultimate Tour de Cure challenge!
But you don't have to take our word for it that the New England Classic is a unique Tour de Cure. Let veteran Tour de Cure rider Lew Alexander tell you.
"Since 2012, I have ridden in 26 Tour de Cures at 16 different locations. While each Tour has its own personality, the New England Classic is hands down the most special of these events.
"There are a couple of things that make it special. The number of riders is small and whether it's the 2-day or 7-day, you get to know a lot of riders. Given the number of miles and days involved, it also contributes to spending time with folks and getting to know their stories. The end of day debrief at the gear truck is great fun.
"Probably the biggest thing that makes the NEC special, however, is the volunteers. It's incredible to think that these folks take an entire week out of their lives to support this event. But the fact that they do this every year is amazing. These folks are some of the nicest people I have met throughout my Tour experience and they do everything in their power to make sure the rider gets the most out of the NEC experience."
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