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New England Tour de Cure Blog

Welcome to the New England blog 

You’ve reached the central spot for everyone passionate about cycling, volunteering, and supporting a vital cause—the New England Tour de Cure Blog! Here, we aim to be your go-to resource for everything you need to know about participating in, supporting, and celebrating this amazing event. This platform is a leap forward from our previous newsletter, designed to bring you closer to the action and the stories that matter with all the convenience of digital access.

Our mission is to equip you with practical advice and insights whether you're gearing up for the ride, aiming to hit your fundraising goals, or simply seeking information on how to make the most of your participation. Beyond the logistics and tips, we're here to share inspiring stories from the heart. Discover why individuals like you join the ride, delve into the critical work of the American Diabetes Association, and learn how your involvement makes a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by diabetes.

We're eager to hear from you, too. If you have a personal story, a moment of inspiration, or a reflection on what Tour means to you, we invite you to share it. Your experiences could spark motivation and connection within our community. Email Tim at twilson@diabetes.org with your idea for a post.

Stay updated right here in the New England Blog on our Tour website. As our blog evolves, we'll ensure you have easy access to both new insights and timeless stories, available directly through our site and our Tour de Cure: New England Community on Facebook.

We're committed to keeping you informed and inspired, so watch for monthly emails with a rundown of the latest news from the New England Tour de Cure community and our Revolutionary Tour. Together, we ride to end diabetes.

Are you ready to join other passionate cyclists and health enthusiasts in one of the best charity cycling events of the year? Gear up for Tour de Cure®: New England, an American Diabetes Association® event that not only celebrates the joy of cycling, but also raises awareness and funds for a noble cause—the fight to end diabetes.

Every year, thousands of cyclists across the nation saddle up for Tour de Cure. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, participating in this event promises an unforgettable experience filled with camaraderie, scenic routes, and a sense of accomplishment. Here’s your ultimate guide to what to expect on Tour de Cure: New England event day:

  • A celebration of health and fitness: Tour de Cure is a celebration of health and fitness. Expect to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for leading an active lifestyle. From avid cyclists to families and corporate teams, participants from all walks of life are united by the common goal of fighting diabetes.
  • Choose your challenge: Whether you’re aiming for a leisurely ride or a demanding cycling challenge, Tour de Cure offers routes to suit every skill level, with 5-, 15-, 30-, 62-, and 100-mile options. From scenic paths to challenging terrain, you'll have the opportunity to choose a route that matches your abilities and preferences.
  • Rest stops and support: Throughout the ride, you'll encounter strategically placed rest stops stocked with refreshments and snacks to keep you fueled and hydrated. Volunteers and support staff will be on hand to provide assistance, mechanical support, and encouragement, ensuring you have everything you need to complete your ride safely and comfortably.
  • Community spirit: Tour de Cure is a community gathering. You'll meet fellow cyclists, volunteers, and supporters who are all passionate about making a difference in the fight against diabetes. Whether you're riding solo or as part of a team, you'll feel a sense of camaraderie and solidarity as you pedal toward the finish line together.
  • Making an Impact: By participating in the Tour de Cure, you're making a tangible difference in the lives of millions affected by diabetes. Funds raised through the event support critical research, advocacy efforts, education, and programs aimed at preventing and managing diabetes, ultimately helping to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by this chronic disease.
  • Crossing the finish line: As you approach the finish line, you'll be greeted with cheers and applause from fellow participants, volunteers, and spectators. Crossing the finish line is a moment of triumph and celebration, symbolizing your dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the cause.
  • Post-ride festivities: After completing your ride, stick around for the post-ride festivities and celebrations. Enjoy live music, games, a variety of lunch options, a beer garden, a Wellness Expo, and the awards ceremony as you relive the highlights of your Tour de Cure experience and connect with fellow participants.

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a first-time rider, participating in Tour de Cure is an experience like no other. So saddle up, pedal with purpose, and join the fight to end diabetes as you embark on your cycling journey. See you at the starting line in Lexington on August 18!

  1. The Tour de Cure®: New England routes are outstanding. There are distances for everyone ranging from 5 to 100 miles. Riding on scenic roads in historic towns, including Lexington, Concord, Bedford, and Carlisle, you’ll pedal on parts of the routes traveled by Paul Revere and the minutemen in 1775.
  2. Cycling is a terrific way to get physically active in a sustainable way. What’s more fun than getting outside to ride with new and old friends? When the day ends, you’ll find yourself making plans to get together for more rides and, of course, next year’s Tour de Cure.
  3. Tour de Cure is about more than one day. Throughout the spring and summer, there will be training rides every week with the opportunity to move, connect with fellow riders, and prepare for your Tour de Cure adventure on August 18. The first big event on the calendar is our May 4 Kickoff Celebration at Revolution Hall in Lexington preceded by training rides. Stay tuned for details.
  4. It’s fun! After an inspiring sendoff at the start line, you’ll visit our rest stops along each route where our fabulous volunteers will greet you with smiles and everything you need to stay fueled and hydrated. Be prepared for surprises that will help generate the energy to get back in the saddle. And when you reach the finish line, a fantastic selection of food awaits, along with music, games, and our Tour Beer Garden.
  5. You get to be a superhero. When you were a kid, didn’t you want to dress in a colorful costume and fly around helping people? At Tour de Cure, you can put on your flashiest cycling outfit and pedal like crazy to raise funds, raise awareness, and make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes!

As you prepare to ride in the New England Tour de Cure® and support the fight to end diabetes, we want to share some basic information to help everyone understand why this fight is important.

WHAT IS DIABETES?

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (also called blood sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.

When you eat, your body breaks food down into glucose and sends it into the blood. Insulin then helps move the glucose from the blood into your cells. When glucose enters your cells, it is either used as fuel for energy right away or stored for later use. In a person with diabetes,  there is a problem with insulin. Your blood glucose will be affected in different ways depending on what type of diabetes you have.

The three most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (GDM). If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make insulin, can’t use insulin it does make well, or both.

Diabetes may be treated with oral medications, insulin and other injectable medications, exercise, and an eating plan. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to several complications, such as nerve damage, kidney or eye disease, heart disease, and stroke. But, with a treatment plan and working with your diabetes care team, you can live a long, healthy life with diabetes.

TYPE 1

In type 1 diabetes, your immune system mistakenly treats beta cells as foreign invaders and destroys them. When enough beta cells are destroyed, your pancreas stops making insulin and you need to take insulin to live.

Type 1 diabetes develops most often in young people but can develop in adults.

TYPE 2

In type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly—this is called insulin resistance. At first, the beta cells make extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time, your pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.

Type 2 diabetes develops most often in older adults but is increasingly developing in young people.

Treatment for type 2 diabetes includes healthy eating and exercise. However, your health care provider may also prescribe oral or injectable medications (including insulin) to help you meet your target blood glucose levels.

Diabetes is a progressive disease, so how it is managed, including the medications you take, will change over time.

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

GDM is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. For most women, blood glucose levels will return to normal after giving birth. If you’ve had GDM, your risk for developing type 2 diabetes is higher, so you will need to be tested for it regularly.

WARNING SIGNS OF DIABETES

The following symptoms are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry even though you are eating more
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss—even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

DIABETES MANAGEMENT

Work with your diabetes care team to make a plan that helps you manage your diabetes and reach your treatment goals:

A is for A1C: An A1C test tells you your average blood glucose for the past two to three months.

B is for blood pressure: Your blood pressure numbers tell you the force of blood inside your blood vessels. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder.

C is for cholesterol: Your cholesterol numbers tell you about the amount of fat in your blood. Some kinds, like HDL cholesterol, help protect your heart. Others, like LDL cholesterol, can clog your blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Triglycerides are another kind of blood fat that raises your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Visit diabetes.org to learn more about diabetes.