Local News & FAQ
Please check this page frequently for current promotions, news and local information!
you have any questions, please reach out to your local contact:
Name: Tara Greeley
Phone: 617-482-4580 ext.3461
Need to turn in cash or check donations? Offline donations can be mailed to our local office at the address below. Please include a note with your name so we can credit you for the gift.
American Diabetes Association
Attn: North Shore Tour de Cure
260 Cochituate Road
2nd Floor, Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
Are You Ready to Ride?
The North Shore Tour de Cure is this Sunday! Make sure to visit our Event Info page for important details including what to bring, directions, parking, schedule of events, festival info and more.
Continue to check our website and Facebook page in the days leading up to the event for the most up-to-date information.
Thank you to all riders who raised money during last week's promotion to win a Van Dessel A.D.D. bike, fitting, and tune-up (valued at $2,675), all generously donated by Dave Ricker of Pedalin’ Fools. Or two seats on a Bike Bus experience, plus a sport-tune up donated by Dave Ricker of Pedalin’ Fools.
An AMAZING $50,236 was raised online last week! WAY TO GO!
Now for the winners.......
It was a very tight race, so congratulations to Charbel Salameh, who came in 1st place with a total of $4,480 raised online!
And congratulations to the second through eighth place fundraisers: Paul Charos, Dan Frye, Anthony Pappalardo, Paul Uzgiris, Marie-Aude Guie, Jared Crotty, David Leong, and Jeff Knox!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 13 YEARS OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes runs from 12:00AM April 10, 2017 to 11:59PM EST on April 14, 2017. See Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure. Sponsor: The American Diabetes Association, New England Office, 260 Cochituate Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701.
Check Our the New Recognition Items
We are very excited to introduce the new recognition gifts for the 2017 North Shore Tour de Cure, which you will receive on-site at the ride!
This season, there are three fundraising levels with corresponding gifts.
The best part? Levels are cumulative, so you will receive a gift for every fundraising level you reach.
Take the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
We know how much training you'll be doing leading up to Tour, so here's a way to make the most of all the miles you'll be logging.
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) is a week-long, FREE and friendly competition amongst Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, individuals and municipalities. The 2017 MCBC will take place during Bay State Bike Week (May 13-21). Simply register yourself or your team and log all the miles you can on our website throughout the week and you’ll be automatically entered to win.
This exciting corporate challenge has been hosted by MassCommute, the statewide coalition of Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), for Bay State bicyclists for over 20 years! Please join us this year for prizes, raffles, group rides, and our legendary “Bike Bash” celebration on May 31st.
Introducing the Gravel Ride - New for 2017!
A gravel, or adventure ride, is a ride that consists of a mix of pavement and gravel roads and light trails. Typically, riders use a bike that is a modified road bike (fatter, larger volume tires), a cyclocross bike, or what is now becoming a segment of bicycles known as gravel or Randonee bikes. These bikes have disc brakes and large volume tires with some knobs for traction. A mountain bike with 29" wheels would be a good choice also, but might make it difficult to keep pace on paved sections. Visit our Route page for full details.
If you're up for this new challenge, sign up and select one of the "100k Gravel Ride" participant options. If you have already registered for the Tour and would like to switch to the gravel ride, email Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandy at email@example.com by January 31
2017 Registration Fee Schedule
Get the best deal on registration by signing up early as fees will increase throughout the year. Take a look at the schedule below.
Fees for 15, 31 and 62 mile Rides
August 15 - September 30: $15 (EXPIRED)
October 1 - December 31: $20 (EXPIRED)
January 1 - March 31: $25 (EXPIRED)
April 1 - May 17: $30
May 21 Walk-On: $35
Fees for 100 mile Gran Fondo (when participant is fundraising)
August 15 - September 30: $50 (EXPIRED)
October 1 - December 31: $75 (EXPIRED)
January 1 - May 17: $100
May 21 Walk-On: $125
Fees for 100 mile Gran Fondo (non-fundraising option)
August 15 - September 30: $250 (EXPIRED)
October 1 - December 31: $275 (EXPIRED)
January 1 - May 17: $300
May 21 Walk-On: $325
For specific day-of-event details, visit our Event Information page.
Q - I see this ride has a fundraising minimum. Can I still ride if I don’t raise that amount?
A - No. The American Diabetes Association is a non-profit organization with a mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. That mission creates an imperative and constantly growing need for programs offered by the Association (ADA). Diabetes is a fast growing epidemic. Current trends show that by the year 2050, one third of the population will be diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes education and awareness is critical, and with this comes an increased need to fund programs and research to find cures and improved treatment. Tour de Cure funds help advocate for the rights of individuals with diabetes in the workplace and other organized settings, such as schools where we must be vigilant in our protection of children with diabetes and importantly, research that makes a difference for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is made possible because of your support of the Tour. For raising the minimum fundraising goal or more, you will be offered an enjoyable ride that is fully supported with SAG support, bike mechanic support, medical personnel and first aid support, fully stocked rest stops, an event t-shirt, post-ride meal, extra perks and much more! If you have any questions about the fundraising minimum or where your fundraising dollars are being used, please do not hesitate to contact us or check the national webpage at diabetes.org. We are happy to talk to you about it and help you come up with creative ways to reach your goals.
Q - Can my child participate and ride with me?
A - Yes, but you or an appointed adult guardian must remain with the minor (under age 18) at all times. If participating, the minor is also responsible for fundraising and is also required to wear a helmet, if riding. Please use your best judgment based on the skill and maturity level of your child. We strongly recommend that prior to the Tour you enroll your children in a Road One course offered for families by your local chapter of the League of American Bicyclists. This will teach them the importance of riding on the side of the road and they will learn valuable skills for riding with other cyclists in traffic. Children who are transported in Burleys or other bike carriers need not be registered and are not required to meet any fundraising minimum, but you will have to fill out an Emergency Information Form for them at registration.
Q - Can non-riding friends and family participate in the finish
A - Friends and family members are welcome at the festival though they may be required to pay for lunch. Your friends and family can cheer you across the finish line and then join you in enjoying the festivities. Friends and family are also welcome to sign up for volunteer assignments at the event. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch at no cost.
Q - I registered to ride and now I have a conflict. Can you cancel
my registration? Do I still have to fundraise?
A - Yes, we can cancel your registration, and you are not required to fundraise if you will not be riding in the event. We appreciate your contacting us so we can release your space to another rider. Your registration is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Alternately, even though you will not be able to ride, we can keep your registration active on our website to allow you to continue fundraising for our important cause to stop diabetes. This way you will be participating as a virtual rider and still making a difference.
Q - When and where do I turn in cash and check donations?
A - You may turn in your cash/check donations at any time to the American Diabetes Association. Checks should be made payable to American Diabetes Association. Send to our local office.
American Diabetes Association
Attn: North Shore Tour
260 Cochituate Road, Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
Q – How many people form a team?
A – We prefer each team to include five or more individuals. There is no limit as to how large a team can be. You can have a team with as few as two people.
Q – Why be a part of a team if the fundraising minimums are
A – Teams have more fun! They compete with other teams and they can earn team tents to hang out in during the festival on the afternoon of the event and much more. Many teams do extra things like team training rides, team shirts or jerseys and team fundraising. Company teams are a great way to create camaraderie among employees while getting healthy and creating a presence in the community.
Q – Can my company team include more than employees?
A – Yes! Successful company teams enroll not only employees, but family, friends, associates, clients, vendors, etc. The team is for everyone connected to your company in some way. Check with your employer as to whether there are any restrictions. Also, check with your employer about whether matching gifts might be available for team participants.
Q – Does everyone on my team need to ride together?
A – No. In spite of being on a team, riders should register for the distance/route that best suits their abilities and level of training/fitness. Large teams will want to do some coordination so that team members going the same distance know in advance and can arrange to go together.
Gravel Ride FAQs
Q - What is a gravel ride?
A - A gravel, or adventure ride, is a ride that consists of a mix of pavement and gravel roads and light trails. Typically riders use a bike that is a modified road bike (fatter, larger volume tires), a cyclocross bike, or what is now becoming a segment of bicycles known as a gravel or Randonee bikes. These bikes have disc brakes and large volume tires with some knobs for traction. a mountain bike with 29" wheels would be a good choice also, but might make it difficult to keep pace on paved sections.
Q - Who can ride the gravel route?
A - The North Shore Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race. Each route is open to anyone. The Tour de Cure routes committee encourages experienced gravel riders to take advantage of this adventure ride and suggests all riders of every route to select the route that aligns most with their comfort level and pace.
Q - What about safety?
A - The North Shore Tour de Cure offers Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles for all on-road assistance on each route. Designated Route Marshals and Sweepers will help patrol off-road portions of the gravel ride. All participants will be given an emergency number to contact should assistance be required during the event. The North Shore Tour de Cure encourages all riders to observe the rules of the road and to ride safely at all times.
Q - What is the signage like?
A - Gravel riders will follow on-road signage that is placed intermittently along the route. Sections where gravel riders transition to off-road segments will be clearly marked. Gravel riders should follow the YELLOW route signs that will also have the Tour de Cure logo for both on- and off-road portions. Off-road segment signage will be posted on trees. On-road segment signage will be posted in YELLOW on H-stakes in the ground along the road. Gravel riders should ignore the white H-stake signage for the road cyclists.
Q - What is the registration fee?
A - The registration fee mirrors the structure for the Gran Fondo. The registration fee is typical of adventure rides throughout the region and helps support the additional signage and safety features of this exciting new route at the North Shore Tour de Cure!
Q - What time does it start?
A - Gravel riders will be part of our first route launch at 7:00 a.m. Gravel riders will line up right behind the Gran Fondo group.