Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It's a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Tour is a one-day ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone: occasional riders, families and experienced cyclists. Route Distances range from 10, 20, 35, 62, or 100 miles and every route is supported with rest stops, food to fuel the journey, and fans to cheer on riders. This year, the Chicagoland Tour de Cure is being held at a new location- the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL.
Each rider is required to fundraise at least $200 to ride, and by raising the minimum $200 you will receive the following benefits:
A Tour de Cure event t-shirt.
An official 2013 Red Rider cycling jersey (if you qualify as a Red Rider).
Fully supported Rest Stops and SAG support throughout each route.
Breakfast, Lunch and an array of food and beverages at each Rest Stop.
Improved long-distance routes and beautiful IL Prairie Path Routes.
Kids Activities at the post-ride festival.
Admission to the post-ride festival, including a beverage ticket (ages 21 and over) and live entertainment, held at Two Brothers Roundhouse.
Access to an online Tour Center, complete with Fundraising Tools for iphone, android and facebook, training tips, and pre-written easy to use email templates.
Your fundraising and donations will help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. View our "Your Dollars at Work" page to learn more.
The Chicagoland Tour de
Cure is best enjoyed when you make a weekend out of it! Please view our Lodging Information page for more information and recommended hotels.
Champions To Stop Diabetes
When you ride in Tour de Cure, you take part in something unique. You join the ranks of some of the most passionate people in the country people who care about cycling, health and, above all, finding a cure for diabetes.
If you raise $1,000 or more for a local Tour de Cure you will automatically become a Champion to Stop Diabetes and will receive special recognition on the weekend of the event, along with special perks all year long!
If you raise $2,600, in honor of the 26 million Americans living with diabetes, you will become a Champion on a Mission and will receive the coveted gold Champions jersey.
Champions will be invited to an exclusive VIP Dinner at Two Brothers Roundhouse on June 8th, with special guest Mari Ruddy, founder of the Tour de Cure Red Rider program and TeamWILD.
Congratulations to our current 2013 Champions!
Edward Gritzenbach - David Gibbs - Kent Billingsley - Barry Tobias - Thomas Armstrong - Patrice Cibella - Steve Levinthal - Michael Paul - Tracy Halsema- Karl Pradel - Scott Patton - Eric Christy - Maggie Novak - William Peterman - Sue Fleischman - Ron Degnan - Jon Newcomb - Robert Clavel - Marty Acks - Matthew Dzik - Carlos Gravis - John Brooks - Pamela Ziegler - Bob Brown - JeffreyRanda - William Nedza -Michael Sibell - CharlesKelly - Bob Clavel - Anne Oliva - George Spatz - Reis Kayser - David Kirkby - Matt Ruby
Do you or someone you know have diabetes?
Thousands of people with diabetes participate in Tour as "Red Riders". Red Riders are the reason we ride—they are given a jersey to proudly wear on the day of the event.
Beyond the recognition, Red Riders are part of a community that inspires us to ride and raise money to Stop Diabetes. The purpose of the Red Riders is to support everyone who lives with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and showcase the courage it takes to live every day with this difficult disease.
Red Riders are being supported all year long now and the shout, "GO RED RIDER" is taking the country by storm! Check it out!
Be sure to choose "Red Rider" when you register! * Red Riders who raise the minimum $200 will receive the 2013 Red Rider Jersey.
This year, Carlos Gravis is serving as a Red Rider Mentor to our registered Red Riders! Carlos has been involved with the Chicagoland Tour de Cure for 8 years, and is a great resource for our Red Riders! Click here for information about Carlos.
Thank You Gifts
Tour de Cure participants can earn a variety of exciting thank you gifts including exclusive apparel, popular electronics, and more! They represent our thanks for reaching higher fundraising levels to fund the mission of the American Diabetes Association and the 26 million Americans with diabetes we serve. All registered participants raising the minimum fundraising amount will receive a commemorative Tour de Cure event T-shirt on the day of the local event. Raise $250 or more and you'll earn your choice of thank you gifts!
Team Red is for Red Riders (participants with type 1 or type 2 diabetes), their family, friends and anyone else who is looking to join with millions of others who want to Stop Diabetes! Any rider who isn't already on another team can join Team Red.
Being on Team Red means that you will instantly be a part of a community made up of people from all different areas and walks of life. Team Red is a great way to connect with other families supporting a Red Rider and other families that are honoring a loved one with diabetes.
If I don't have diabetes, can I join Team Red? YES! You can join Team Red, which is made up of Red Riders AND those who support Red Riders. This is a team for anyone who doesn't already have a team. Click here to Join Team Red!
Local News & Events
The 2012 Tour de Cure Season was our best event yet and a huge success, which provided a bit of a problem - we ran out of room! Our home at Wheaton Warrenville South HS brought us from 300 riders to over 1,000, which meant it was time to go big in 2013. That's why we're excited to announce that the 2013 Chicagoland Tour de Cure will be held at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL!
Better long-distance routes -Being further west gives our 62 and 100 mile cyclists slightly different routes with a new rest stop or two. Expect wide open, beautiful routes for your day of cycling in 2013!
Varying IL Prairie Path routes! -The 10 and 15 mile routes will be greatly improved and will follow the Fox River north on all-paved bike trails with great views of the river! The 35 mile route will be the same except for the Start and Finish point.
Improved Festival Area -Two Brothers Roundhouse is a huge facility with several bars, dining areas and a large courtyard, exclusively for Tour de Cure all day! This means better amenities like indoor bathrooms and shelter from extreme weather.
Two Brothers entertainment, beverages and food - Need we say more?
Kids Activities - We haven't forgotten about the kids! Expect special areas specifically for our younger crowd to keep them entertained throughout the afternoon.
Check back for more Chicagoland Tour de Cure updates!
Planning Committee & Volunteers
Much of this event could not be done without the help of many dedicated, hardworking volunteers, and we are quickly building our committee into one of the best there is in the country. Join us in making a difference not only by participating in this amazing event, but by becoming a member of our Planning Committee.
Help us with routes, plan our new festival site and so much more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Let's make 2013 our biggest Tour de Cure yet!
Interested in volunteering on the day of our 2013 event, or joining our Chicagoland Tour de Cure Street Team? Contact Claire Griffith at email@example.com
Want the latest news on diabetes research, food and fitness? We've covered all the basics here—and you'll find plenty of links to more in-depth information on a variety of topics and issues. More diabetes news and info.
Rest Stop and Fesitival Sponsors
Other Great Sponsors
Please contact Lisa Poppe Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on sponsoring Chicagoland Tour de Cure.
From now until the
end of May, any rider who has already met or meets the $200 minimum AND raises
an additional $100 online will automatically be entered to win a $250 Amazon.com Gift
*Any riders who have not
met the $200 fundraising minimum will not be permitted to ride day of event.
Congratulations to Lauren Newey for winning the Derrick Rose autographed jersey by sending out 12 emails and raising $104 in 48 hours!
Rally your team to raise $5,000 as a team and you'll earn your very own team area with AIR CONDITIONING inside Two Brothers day of event! This designated area will be a place for your team to gather, as well as a great place to check your gear before the ride.
Please send any checks or Offline Donations to:
American Diabetes Association
Attn: Chicagoland Tour de Cure
55 E Monroe, Suite 3420
Chicago, IL 60603
*Checks should be made payable to the American Diabetes Association.
Attention Teams! Looking to order custom team jerseys for this year's Tour? When you place an order through our national sponsor, Primal Wear, they will donate 15% of the order back to your team directly as a donation. View more details here.
Connect With Us!
Visit our local Chicagoland Tour de Cure facebook page:
View 2012 Chicagoland Tour de Cure photos on Flickr:
Visit our National Tour de Cure social media sites:
Chris Carmichael of Carmichael Training Systems is the honorary chair of the 2013 Tour de Cure. Chris has devoted more than 20 years to helping amateur and professional athletes achieve their performance goals, from improved health to completing a first century. Chris coaches elite athletes, Ironman winners and more, but knows how to apply his techniques to the weekend warriors among us. He wants to help YOU be the best you can be on your bike!
Register today and you'll also find out how you could have a chance to win a multi-day CTS Camp for personalized coaching or ride with Chris at the Tour de Cure in select cities. Get ready to take the ride of your life!
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