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New England Classic Tour de Cure

Posted on 14 October 2010

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Race Review by Ryan Williams – Associate Manager – New England Classic Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure is celebrating its 20 year anniversary, nationally, in 2011.  The New England Classic Tour de Cure 150 will be held  July 9-10, 2011.  The New England Classic Tour de Cure 500+ will be held July 9-15, 2011.  Both events leave from Parker Chomerics, 77 Dragon Court, Woburn, MA 01801.  Check-in is at 7am.  The ride starts at 8am (following days vary slightly due to breakfast times). Average weather – 65o – 88o , sunny with occasional mid day sprinkles at least once during the seven day ride. 

This will be my third year coordinating the ride alongside with a Volunteer Committee with a 15-18 year history with the ride.  Whereas I am not an athlete, I have recently begun training on a bicycle, others on the committee are distance-cyclists, tri-athletes, etc.

Early Registration (ends Jan. 1st) = $50.  The 2 day trip requires a fundraising minimum of $600; the 7 day trip requires a $2,500 fundraising commitment. All cyclists get an event tshirt, cycling jersey (if you have diabetes you get an additional Red Rider cycling jersey), full breakfasts/dinners provided as is lodging (hotels, one college campus). All shirt/jersey sizes are unisex.

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The coastal scenery, lighthouses, White Mountain and Green Mountain climbs, and being surrounded by similar minded people when it comes to cycling and fighting to cure diabetes for colleagues, loved ones, and (at times) themselves.

Pre-Registration dinner for those wishing to stay in Woburn the night before can attend a pre-ride dinner.  Breakfast/Dinners are provided each day of the ride (both 2 and 7 day options).  All meals are balanced with carbohydrates and protein (pasta, chicken, potatoes, beef, etc).  Most catered by the banquet halls of each hotel.

This ride seems to have hit a plateau recently with it’s growth.  It experienced a 21% increase from last year; however, several of those riders were unable to participate due to injuries sustained while training for the event.  We had 160 registered riders (60 riders involved with the week-long ride and 100 participating in the two-day event).  Of the 80 events held nation-wide, the New England Classic Tour de Cure enjoys the highest rider-retention rate in the country. New England residents (MA, NH, ME, VT, CT, RI) mostly comprise of the weekend event, whereas as cyclists from NJ, OR, TX, IN, MD, etc have frequented each year.  

 Logan Airport is 20 minutes (approx. 15 miles) away. There are two hotels close to the start of the race and both give reduced room rates to our cyclists. Several of our finish line cities/towns have a grocery store within 10-15 miles of our accommodations. Due to the nature of this endurance event, we ask that you bring your family to the start line on Day 1 in order to cheer on all that ride, however, we do not currently have kid-focused activities.  Currently there is no race expo, however we are working with potential vendors to create a expo/fair atmosphere at our Day 1 finish line. There will also be water and coffee at the start of the race . 

The New England Classic Tour de Cure 150 finishes in Biddeford, ME where charter buses will transport cyclists back to their vehicles.  The New England Classic Tour de Cure 500+ loops back to Woburn, MA after seven days.  Three-Four rest stops dot the daily routes with mechanical support, snacks, water, and bathroom facilities. The event is not a closed-road event, so we urge our cyclists to practice safe cycling habits, obey the rules of the road and exercise caution at all  times. We utilize a Dan Henry marking consistent throughout the week in color, shape, and size.  Motorcycle escorts aid in the directional marking as well.

Riders are offered training ride opportunities as well as training guidance from veterans and cyclist guides, and blog: Feel free to connect with any of our long-time veterans during a training ride, over the phone or on our Facebook, Blog, or email system.  We provide all the fundraising and training tools a first time participant would want/need! There will also be volunteer photographers along the route. 

Budget Items for summary of costs:

  • Race entry Fee = $50 (until Jan 1st); $80 (until May 1st); $100 (after May 1st)
  • Hotel = If choosing to stay Friday before the event, approx. $75.  However, all accommodations during the event (Sat-Fri) are covered with your fundraising minimum.
  • How many dinners/ meals to buy = Cyclists are only responsible for lunches ($10-$15/day)
  • Transportation flight cost or gas = Varies based upon origin
  • Rental Car Requirements = Varies based upon origin

 This event offers indoor accommodations, with breakfasts and dinners included.  The Volunteer support is unmatched (mechanical, rest stop, medical).  The group enjoys adding new blood to the event and welcomes those that are ready to ride with a positive attitude and a willingness to make a difference to those living with diabetes.

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2 Responses to “New England Classic Tour de Cure”

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  2. Guest says:

    This was an amazing ride. I’m doing it again this year.

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