My husband rode the 100-mile Tour de Cure in Napa over the weekend, and did not bother to take a photo of himself. Bad hubby! Well, good hubby, I suppose, for taking part in “the nation’s premier Tour de Cure event.” But I wanted proof, to post here
Anyway, he’s an avid cyclist, who rode the 585-mile AIDS ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles a few years ago. This time, he really enjoyed “the fragrances of Napa,” of course.
Now the Tour de Cure is a very successful program that raises loads of money for diabetes. But my husband’s overall feedback was this: “Well visited, but poorly organized.” Due to a lack of decent signage, he managed to ride 10 miles off course (!), turning the day into a 110-mile Tour de Ouch. Not only that but by the time the 100-mile riders got back to camp, the buffet line was about a mile and a half long! This means the folks who rode only 10 or 25 miles total were slowly picking out their food, or happily munching, while those returning from the really rough trek were left in the dust shaking (could it be a hypo?) My hubby and his riding buddy finally gave up and went to a restaurant.
Two years ago, hubby and I did the San Francisco Peninsula Tour de Cure event together (well, he did the Century while I did 35 miles). I had a similar reaction. Overall, the ride was great, but the devil’s in the details, no? The thing that hit me hardest was the fact that the event seemed to be mostly populated by Corporate Teams that make the rounds participating in a variety of sporting events for every known disease and cause. Which is nice, but how come at a diabetes event I appeared to be the only person for miles around actually checking my blood sugar?
And, more importantly, the booths set up and giveaway goodies were all from sports vendors like PowerBar and REI. There wasn’t one diabetes company in site! I’d expected the event to host some kind of mini expo to share SOME information about the disease at hand…? Maybe I missed something.