Gearing up for the Tour de Cure, 2014

This year's Tour de Cure is at Verona Beach State Park--plenty of time (and help) in getting in shape to bicyle in the June 8th ride

Bicycling alert! It may seem early to be thinking about recreational riding, but one of this area's big rides is already organizing for its June 8th event.

The Tour de Cure is also a fund- and awareness-raiser for the American Diabetes Association. This year's ride chairman, Clark Speicher, says 26 million Americans have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and another estimated 79 million have pre-diabetic symptoms, but many of them are unaware of the disease's effects, or of how to manage it.

Speicher will also be riding in the Tour, which has five routes of varying lengths starting at Verona Beach State Park. He's a Red Rider, with his red jersey signifying he has diabetes. There's an effort to get more diabetics to come bicycle, in part because it makes the point that exercise (along with diet) help control the disease. (And if you don't bring along a team, you can join Team Red)

The ride is open to all, with pledge raising the 'entry fee,' and the after-ride party is open to non-riding friends and family, as well. We, at CNY Central, are pleased to be media sponsors, to help spread the word about the event and the mission.

Check the Tour de Cure website for updates, including planned training rides in Syracuse starting the end of April

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