Get Your Bike and Take the Ride of Your Life

May 13, 2009

The American Diabetes Association is challenging riders to take part in the annual Tour de Cure, a cycling event to raise funds to help fight diabetes. More than 40,000 cyclists will be participating in the Tour de Cure at sites throughout the country. All funds raised at the Tour de Cure events will go to support the Association's mission -- to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Individuals and teams composed of co-workers, family and friends are taking the ride of their life by helping raise funds for the nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes. Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from 10-mile family rides to 100-mile century rides. The route will feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.

"Tour de Cure is a ride for any individual or team who wants to enjoy a great day of cycling and change the future of diabetes," said Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1. He has been participating in the Tour de Cure since 2006 along with his team of professional cyclists who plan to visit 40 Tour de Cure events this year. "It is our goal to inspire others to use cycling as a way to stay healthy. You don't have to be a professional cyclist to get healthy and take control of your diabetes. Together we can help find a cure for this deadly disease which affects so many people and have fun doing it," he said.

For more information or to register for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, please call the 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) or visit

National sponsors for Tour de Cure include Gold's Gym, Performance Bicycles, Splenda and Sun Crystals. National Teams include AT&T, Gold's Gym, Johnson & Johnson, Valero, Dignity Memorial, and Wal-Mart/Sam's Club.


About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)