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2017 North Shore Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure Day-of-Event Information

Are you ready for the ride of your life on Sunday, May 21?  Below you will find all the information you will need to make your Tour de Cure experience safe and enjoyable.

If you have any questions that aren't answered below, reach out to Sandy at or 617-482-4580 ext.3487 or Tara at or 617-482-4580 ext.3461

Pre-Event Packet Pick-Up:  The Four Points by Sheraton in Wakefield, MA will be hosting packet pick-up on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Our volunteers cannot accept donations that day, so we are only asking that riders at the $200 minimum (or Gran Fondo riders who have paid the full registration fee) to pick-up at Four Points by Sheraton. If you are at the minimum but still have donations, you can check-in at Four Points, get your packet, and drop off your donations at Express Check-In on Sunday.

Hotel Stay: If you are interested in making hotel accommodations for the weekend of the ride, we encourage you to consider the Four Points by Sheraton.  Contact the hotel directly and reference the North Shore Tour de Cure to set up accommodations.

Getting There

  • Directions:  The Topsfield Fairgrounds is located at 207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983 (get directions).  When you arrive at the Fairgrounds, please enter through LOT A (south most entrance off Rte. 1, closest to I-95).
  • Parking:  You will be greeted by a parking volunteer and directed where to park.  It is important that everyone follows the directions of the parking volunteers as we have a traffic pattern set up to accommodate all riders starting/finishing and your safety is our top priority.   There is plenty of free parking on-site for all riders, volunteers, friends, family and supporters.
  • VIP Parking: If you earned VIP Parking (Champions, Team Week Winners), please place your placard on the dashboard of your vehicle.  Placards will be mailed in advance.
  • Arrival Time:  Keep reading for the schedule of events, including check-in and start times for each route.  As you'll see below, we will also have refreshments available in the morning for riders.  Please plan your arrival so you give yourself enough time to check-in, have something to eat, stretch and get ready to ride promptly at the start time.  Your recognition gifts will be available as early as the first check-in and throughout the rest of the day.  Champions can enjoy their Champion experience sponsored by SBLI.  Mechanical support will also be available on site.

General Event Information

  • WE RIDE RAIN OR SHINE!  Diabetes doesn't slow down for bad weather and neither do we!  Please check the forecast and make sure to dress/pack appropriately for the weather.
  • Fundraising Minimum:  All riders must be at the $200 fundraising minimum by Sunday, May 21 in order to participate.  The only exception is 100 mile Gran Fondo riders who have paid the full registration fee.  Any rider not at the $200 minimum will be asked for check, cash or credit card to cover any remaining balance.
  • Day-of-Event Registration:  Online pre-registration will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 17.  Anyone not registered online prior to that can register on-site on May 21 and pay the $35 walk-on registration fee (for the 15, 31 and 62 mile rides) as well as the $200 fundraising minimum.  The 100 mile Gran Fondo and Gravel rides have a $325 day-of-event registration fee (includes the fundraising minimum).
  • Volunteers:  Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled shift and check-in at the Volunteer Tent to receive your volunteer shirt, lunch wristband and instructions for your volunteer location and captain. All volunteers must turn in a completed waiver (download a copy) with emergency contact info, health care provider info, and sign and date the bottom.  If you are under the age of 18, your parent/guardian must also sign and date the waiver.

  • New Recognition Items: Riders who have qualified for a recognition item (formerly known as Thank You Gifts) will be able to pick-up their prize all day at the event, starting at 6:00 a.m. 

  • Cycling Gear for Purchase: Riders can also purchase cycling gear from one of our sponsoring exhibitors, Craft Sportswear during the Festival.
  • Questions and Assistance:  If there is anything you need while at the event, please stop by our Info Table or look for one of our Staff Members in ADA/Tour gear, Committee Members in the white "Committee" hats or sweatshirts, or the Volunteers in the blue shirts.  They will be more than happy to assist you or your friends or family on-site.

Schedule of Events

6:00 a.m. – 100 Mile Gran Fondo/Gravel Ride Check-In Opens
7:00 a.m. – 100 Mile Gran Fondo/Gravel Ride Starts
7:30 a.m. – 62 Mile Check-In Opens
8:30 a.m. – 62 Mile Starts
9:00 a.m. – 31 Mile Check-In Opens
10:00 a.m. – 31 Mile Starts
10:00 a.m. – 15 Mile Check-In Opens
11:00 a.m. – 15 Mile Starts
11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Live Entertainment Start
12:00 p.m. – Expo and Festival Opens
1:30 p.m. – Awards Program
2:15 p.m. – Red Rider Group Photo
3:30 p.m. – Festival Closes and Event Ends

Visit our Route and Event Info page for more information on each route and a link to the route on Ride With GPS.

What to Bring

  • Pack List:  please review our Rider Check List to make sure you have everything you need to ride.
  • Helmet:  every rider must have and wear a helmet in order to participate.
  • Collection envelope:  We will these on-site for any day of event offline donations.  Please note, you will only need to turn in a collection envelope if you are handing in cash/checks.
  • Rider waiver Check-In volunteers will have all emergency information for registered riders gathered during the online registration process.  All walk-on riders must complete their Rider Waiver/Emergency Form on site (including emergency contact name/number and Health Insurance Provider/number). Riders under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign and date the waiver. You can also download the waiver and bring a completed copy with you on Sunday to save time.
  • Extra set of clothes (optional):  There will be changing tents available on-site so pack a set of dry, comfortable clothes (and shoes) that you can change into once you cross the finish line if you wish.  Then hang around and enjoy the rest of the post-ride festival.

Before You Ride

  • Maps and Cue Sheets:  Visit our Route and Event Info Page for more info on each route and a link to the route on Ride With GPS.  You can print out maps, cue sheets and even download the route to your GPS.  We will also be handing out maps and cue sheets at check-in.
  • Changing Routes:  If you wish to change your route, all changes must now take place on-site when you check-in.  Arrive based on the check-in time of the route you are changing to (not the route you are registered for) and notify the volunteer that you are changing routes.  If you are changing to the 100 mile Gran Fondo or Gravel Ride, your previous registration fee and any fundraising must meet the requirement needed for the Gran Fondo or Gravel Ride.
  • Pre-Ride:  We will have coffee, a light breakfast/snacks, and water at the start line for our riders.  There will be a brief speaking program prior to the start of each route that will include ride details and safety tips.

Out on the Road

  • Route Markings:  Again this year, all routes will follow the same colors with the exception of the Gravel Ride (neon yellow/green). A red triangle indicates the Tour de Cure and the yellow markings indicate the direction of the route. Please watch for route signs to indicate where the routes separate.  Visit our Route and Event Info Page to see the markings.
  • Emergency phone number:  Should you run into any problems on the route, please call our Command Center at 413-367-8687.  Program the number into your cell phone now so you are all set for Sunday.
  • Medical Emergencies: In the case of a medical emergency, call 911. Please then call the Command Center at 413-367-8687 and provide details.
  • Route Support and Rest Stops:  All routes will be fully supported with route safety vehicles, mechanical support, and rest stops stocked with water, Gatorade, bananas, oranges, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars and other assorted snacks.
  • Red Riders:  our Red Riders, those living with diabetes, are the true heroes of this event and we want to celebrate them every chance we get.  If you see someone in a Red Rider Jersey, make sure to yell out, "GO RED RIDER!"

Once You Cross the Finish Line

  • Lunch:  Our post-ride cookout, provided by our new sponsor b.good, will offer burgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, Italian pasta salad, harvest kale salad and southwestern black bean salad.  Lunch is free for riders.  We invite non-riders to enjoy lunch for a donation of $5 to the American Diabetes Association. Tickets can be purchased in the Lunch Tent.
  • Post-Ride Festival:  There will be a live band, exhibitors, vendors, games, activities, awards ceremony and more!  Please keep in mind that Topsfield is a dry town and therefore the ADA is not permitted to serve alcohol at the festival.
  • Activity Zone:  The North Shore Tour de Cure is a family friendly event. Come enjoy games, giveaways, face painting and more!
  • Event Photos:  Visit our Tour de Cure backdrop to get your photo taken by the Lunch Tent. All pictures will be available online following the day of event!
  • Red Riders Group Photo:  We invite all Red Riders to gather for a group photo following the awards ceremony at 2:15 p.m.  Help us cheer them on with one big "Go Red Rider!"

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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