Chris Carmichael Cycling to Stop Diabetes®

Contacts

Angela Murray
amurray@diabetes.org
703-549-1500 ext. 3425

Alexandria, Virginia
February 5, 2014

The American Diabetes Association is teaming up with Chris Carmichael and challenging riders to be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes® by participating in the Tour de Cure®, a cycling event to raise funds to help fight diabetes.  More than 65,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the Tour de Cure in 90 cities throughout the country in 2014.  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.

With nearly 26 million people living with diabetes in the U.S. and another 79 million with prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, diabetes is taking a toll on the country, but we can take steps to help change the future of diabetes.  Individuals and teams composed of co-workers, family and friends are taking the ride of their life and helping raise critical funds for diabetes at the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.  Tour de Cure is designed for everyone from the occasional bike rider to the experienced cyclist with routes ranging from 5-mile family rides to 100-mile “century” rides and more.  Routes vary by location—visit www.diabetes.org/tour for more information about the Tour near you.  All Tour de Cure events feature rest stops with great food to fuel the journey, volunteers to cheer riders on, and any mechanical support needed along the way.  Everyone will return to enjoy the finish line festivities including a delicious lunch, entertainment and more!

“I am so excited to once again be part of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure events and help the cyclists take charge and change the future of diabetes," said Chris Carmichael, National Spokesperson, American Diabetes Association 2014 Tour de Cure.  “Diabetes touches so many people’s lives, and exercise and nutrition are important parts of preventing and treating diabetes. I want to help the American Diabetes Association raise critical funds and awareness about this disease through my passion for cycling.”

Chris Carmichael is the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS). Chris was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team, and is a bestselling author of more than 10 books on training and nutrition. He was named US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 1999, inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003 and given a Lifetime Achievement Award from USA Cycling in 2004. Chris formed CTS in 2000 to make world-class coaching accessible to athletes of all ability levels.  Chris has devoted more than 20 years to helping amateur and professional athletes achieve their performance goals, from improved health to completing their first Century, all the way up to Ironman and Olympic victories. Now he wants to help our Tour riders and all those living with diabetes, be the best they can be.

As a fundraising incentive, Tour participants will have the chance to attend the Carmichael Training Systems Camps, graciously provided by Chris Carmichael.  These specialized camps will help participants learn the training methods that have made the pros so successful.  Athletes can visit www.trainright.com or call 866-355-0645 for information on CTS Camps and personal coaching packages.

Chris will also lead the riders in select Executive Rides in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in support of the Tour de Cure’s Corporate Team program.  Getting your company involved to ride in the Tour de Cure is great for employee morale, health, and team building.   To learn more, please visit diabetes.org/tour or contact Aimee Simpson at 703 549-1500 x3034.

For more information or to register for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, and have an opportunity to ride with Chris Carmichael as well as thousands of others cycling to Stop Diabetes, please call 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org/tour.

The National sponsors of the Tour de Cure are Lilly Diabetes, Primal Wear, Go Macro .  National Teams include Johnson & Johnson, WalMart, Lockheed Martin, Gold’s Gym, Cisco Systems, Dignity Memorial, Bio Rad and more.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.