Tour de Cure: All Good, Mostly

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 Napa_cycling_1 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.


4 Responses

  1. Sandra Miller
    Sandra Miller May 8, 2006 at 4:20 pm | | Reply


    Interesting post.

    Our family will be volunteering at the Tour de Cure here in Southern WI a week from Saturday (see my post from last Friday for details).

    I’ll be interested to see if the event is any more organized out this way. From what I’ve heard, there will be at least two diabetes-related booths (from Medtronic and Lilly). I agree– very strange that there were none out there.

  2. Allison
    Allison May 9, 2006 at 12:26 am | | Reply

    My friend Jenny rode in JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes this weekend. It was held in Death Valley. She is 17 and has had diabetes for 4 years (I think… bad friend) and rode a total of 58 miles with her dad. I will be interviewing her for Diabetes Teen Talk this week and the interview should be up on the site Sunday night. I will make sure to ask her if she thought Ride was organized and if there were any other PWDs or companies about diabetes.

    Of course, as a personal sidenote, I’ve never thought the ADA did a very good job taking care of Type 1s. My dad loves to tell the story of how at one of the first ADA events we went to after I was diagnosed, they served regular ice cream as the snack!

  3. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson May 9, 2006 at 11:33 am | | Reply

    Hi Amy!

    Big cheers to your hubby!

    Yes, I too agree that it was weird not to see more d-related stuff there.

    The one place I’ve always felt in very good company is anything the JDRF has going on. Especially the walks.

    Like Allison said, in most everything else we are outnumbered by the T2′s.

  4. Scott
    Scott May 19, 2006 at 11:26 am | | Reply

    I did the Napa 25 mile ride with my 6yo daughter – see my blog for a review and photos. The 10 mile riders were eating all our food – HA! Seriously, the line was long all day. Also, I did see one rider checking his blood sugar so that made the ride worth while.

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