THE REASON WE RIDE
The purpose of the Red Riders is to support everyone who lives with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and showcase the courage it takes to live every day with this difficult disease. It's time to celebrate those with diabetes that get on their bikes and ride! The Tour de Cure recognizes riders with diabetes as the heroes on the day of the event!
BEING A RED RIDER MEANS…
That YOU are not alone! You can ride to thrive with diabetes! With hundreds of riders who may share a similar story, and hundreds more to support you, being a Red Rider can help with your first mile or your millionth—in your fight to live a healthier life! Riding your bike is a great way to stay in shape and exercise is extremely important for everyone with diabetes.
HOW DO I BECOME A RED RIDER?
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes you are eligible to become a Red Rider. All you need to do is register for the Tour de Cure, answer all of the diabetes related questions, raise the minimum and then contact your local Tour de Cure coordinator to tell them you want to be recognized as a Red Rider on the Tour de Cure. You will receive FREE recognition gifts on the day of the event such as a Red Rider Jersey or Red Rider T-Shirt in the cities that provide them.***
***Varies by location—items not available at all Tour de Cure events
IS THERE A TEAM I CAN JOIN WITH OTHER RED RIDERS?
YES! You (and those that support you) can join Team Red, which is made up of Red Riders AND those that support Red Riders. Anyone without a team should join Team Red and you will instantly be a part of the greater diabetes community. If you are already part of a corporate or family team you can stay on your team and still be recognized as a Red Rider.
HOW DID THE RED RIDERS GET STARTED?
In 2006, Mari Ruddy rode in a Tour de Cure and asked the question, "Where are all the riders with diabetes?" Living with type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years, she wanted to talk to others like her with diabetes and celebrate everyone that was taking control of their health. In 2007, Mari Ruddy, Sandria Barrett & Marcey Robinson came up with the idea of the Red Riders and made that idea come to life at the Denver, CO, Tour de Cure that year. Now the Red Riders and Team Red are a part of every Tour de Cure in the nation and they want you to get involved and be proud to be a Red Rider!
Hear from the Red Rider founder, Mari Ruddy, with a special invitation for all Red Riders to ride!