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Upstate Peloton
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Tour de Cure, September 13 2020
Have you signed up for the Capital Region Tour de Cure? The tour is a great opportunity to show your support for those living with diabetes, engage with the community and participate in a fun, memorable health and wellness initiative with your family, friends and colleagues.

Sunday Sept 13, 2020
Virtual; anywhere you are

Ride/Run/Walk distance:
you choose

Registration Fee: $0 for 2020

Fundraising Minimums
$0. $100 to earn a t-shirt, $50 for kids <12

To make a donation to our team, please visit tdc.upstatepeloton.com

2020 Participant Information     

What is the Tour de Cure?

The Tour de Cure (TdC) is the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) premiere annual fundraising event to raise diabetes awareness and money for research. Participants raise money and participate in their choice of bicycling, running, or walking. In the Capital District in 2020, the event is in September and will be virtual, so participants choose their own route in whatever location they want.

Why should I participate?

Join the Tour de Cure because in one day alone over 4,100 people will be diagnosed with diabetes and because more than 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with this terrible disease. When you join and raise money: You don't need to be a regular member of the cycling club, or even a cyclist!

This page is intended to quickly answer some frequently asked questions, but be sure to check the TdC web site as things have changed considerably in 2020.

COVID-19 Information

Individuals with diabetes are more at risk from if they were to get COVID-19. See the ADA COVID-19 FAQ. As a result, the event was postponed and then changed to a virtual format. To bring in more participants, the registration fee and minimum fundraising amounts have been eliminated.

For up to date information, check the event home page and be sure to follow CR TdC on Facebook

How will a virtual format work?

Virtual means that participants ride/run/walk on a route of their own choosing, eliminating the large gathering of people in close quarters at the fairgrounds. Event organizers say that you can pick any physical activity and even mentioned playing tennis or gardening! More virtual information. Upstate Peloton suggests a minimum of 45-60 minutes of a "strenuous" activity (running/cycling) or a minimum of 60-90 minutes for a "non-strenuous" activity (walking)

Social media will be used on event day for virtual interaction, so follow CR TdC now:

Important Dates

12/16/2019Registration fee increases to $20
1/31/2020Raise $100 by this date to earn a free training t-shirt
4/6/2020Event rescheduled to 9/13/2020
4/30/2020Event changed to virtual; Registration fee and minimum fundraising eliminated
8/13/2020Best day to register! Join our team!
8/24/2020Raise $500/1000 by this date to earn recognition apparel by event day
9/6/2020Last day to register for the event? *
9/13/2020Event Day!
9/13/2020Last chance to earn recognition for fundraising *
* Dates are approximate.

How do I participate?

  1. You need to register by joining our team ($0 fee in 2020)
  2. You need to raise money for the event; Raise at least $100 to earn an event t-shirt. Kids under 12: $50
  3. You must must mail in all funds raised (do not send cash through the mail)
  4. You participate in your activity on event day
  5. More questions? See the FAQ

Can my family/kids participate?

Absolutely! Recruit them to our team too! There are special rules for kids under 12, please see the FAQ

I don't know my plans for event day

Sign up today so that you will know what your plans are! To make things easier, you can participate anywhere in 2020! Worried you might be traveling? Walk in an airport terminal during a layover!

Which route/activity do I choose?

Since 2020 will be a virtual format, you can choose the route that works best for you! There is no minimum number of miles, however the normal event had cycling routes of 10-100 miles and Run/Walk routes of 5K (3.1 miles)

How long will it take?

If you don't know your average speed, I suggest adults assuming 10-12mph for cycling or 2-3mph walking as a starting point. Be sure to train for event day!

Is my bicycle OK to use?

If you haven't used your bike in a while, there are a few things that should be checked out.

What if I don't own a bicycle?

If you don't own a bicycle, you can run or walk! If you want to buy a bicycle anyway and are relatively new to cycling and don't know what to get, check out our new cyclist FAQ. If you go to Freeman's Bridge Sports (Scotia) or Elevate Cycles (Clifton Park), be sure to mention that you plan to participate in the Tour de Cure as they have been involved in the event for several years.

Note that some bicycles may be hard to find in 2020 as many people have taken up bicycling due to their gyms being closed.

Fundraising tips

  1. Make a large donation to yourself to set the tone
  2. Set a high but attainable goal. You can adjust later. There are recognition gifts if that will help you. $1000 is the "Champion" level.
  3. Link to your facebook account. Note as soon as you link it, people will see it!
  4. Share a personal story about why you are raising funds for ADA. Are you raising funds in honor of a friend or family member with diabetes? Yourself?
  5. Print out material to share or post, i.e. Business Cards (docx)
  6. You will see regular posts on facebook for Upstate Peloton and TdC Capital Region. Share those posts to your facebook feed with an additional brief comment.
  7. Learn about Matching funds
  8. Donor Receipts
  9. More Info
After signing up, you'll receive a welcome envelope in the mail from TdC with some other fundraising information.


Be sure to train prior to the event! You want to make sure you can finish your miles!

Tour de Cure Facebook Pages