I mentioned this the other day in my New Year, New Goals post (it’s goal #2). Why the Tour de Cure? I’m glad you asked.

Why the Tour de Cure?

For those of you that don’t know, the Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 43 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It’s a ride, not a race, with events for every rider. Noob to seasoned veteran. The funds raised by the Tour de Cure go to support the mission of the ADA. From the Tour de Cure website:

Last year, more than 50,000 cyclists in 80 Tour events raised nearly $17 million to support the mission of the ADA: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Personally, I’m riding the Tour de Cure and raising money for the ADA because diabetes has impacted both mine and my wife’s families. My mother, sister, and an uncle all have Type 2. My wife has several family members on her side of the family that are impacted by this disease. With diabetes impacting our family so much, I thought riding to raise money to support the ADA would be a good thing to do. And it’ll be good for me.

What this will do for me

There are several benefits to riding the Tour de Cure. They are:

  1. I’m doing a good thing. Raising money for a great cause is always good.
  2. It helps me get into better shape. Signing up for this ride is going to force me to ride my bike. I’m going to have to train hard to get in shape by May 21, 2011; the day of the ride.
  3. I’m going all-in and will ride the 100 mile Challenge Century. This will complete goal #3 on my 2011 goals so I’m getting a two-for-one. I’ve got 18 weeks to get my big butt in shape. Easily doable considering what I dd in 2009 when I was training for my first century.
  4. The training will help me lose the weight which is goal #4.

As you can see, I’ve given this a lot of thought and planned my 2011 goals in order take advantage of events like this.

Call to Action

I registered for the Tour de Cure today. But registration only puts me on the hook to begin fundraising. To be able to ride I must raise $150. I think that’s a great goal but I’m setting the bar at $500. I think that’s an achievable goal plus, if I raise $500, I can get a commemorative white jersey. If I can get to $2400 there’s a commemorative yellow jersey in it for me.

So I need your help. If you can spare anything, I’d appreciate you clicking on the link below that will take you to my donation page and make a donation. Only donate what you think you can spare and don’t give anything if you can’t. No hard feelings if you can’t. I totally understand. If you can’t donate (or even if you did), I ask that you push this post to your social web (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for maximum exposure. It would be very much appreciated. You can quickly share this post by clicking on the icons below.




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Here’s the link to my fundraising page:

http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/JacksonvilleArea?px=6483232&pg=personal&fr_id=7572

Thank you.

P.S. – If I was a totally cool celebrity blogger, like Fat Cyclist, I’d have some awesome products to give away in order to get donations. I don’t have anything at the moment but you never know.