We've been highlighting the last great bike tours to end your season, yesterday we had a live interview with Pedal the Plains folks (hear the podcast )and today we focus on Tour de Cure, a ride to support people with diabetes. With so many tours in Colorado it can be over whelming which one to pick but for some like Ryan and Deana the choice is easy.
My name is Ryan, and this is why I ride…
Last year, my boss asked me to ride in the Tour de Cure bike event for diabetes. I’d done charity rides before. They’d never meant much, but when I sent out some emails, I couldn’t believe the response—“My two-year-old was just diagnosed with diabetes…. My grandma died last year from diabetes… My five-year-old needs 4 shots of insulin a day just to live.” I was in.
I usually ride about 60 miles on the weekends so I opted for the 100 mile course from Longmont to Estes Park. The morning of the race, I met Christina. She was a Red Rider—those riders who have diabetes-- and was riding the 100 mile alone. She asked me to check on her--that is, if I could keep up with her.
The first 60 miles were a breeze, but around mile 70, that all changed. At that point, there is a 3 mile elevation climb of 2,000 feet. My heart was beating so hard and fast, I felt like it was going to come out of my chest. “Just breathe. In, out. In, out. And keep pedaling.” I felt like stopping, but then I saw a sign that said “Remember who you are riding for.” I felt like quitting, but then I realized that I’d lost sight of Christina. Was she okay?