Riders set out on last year's route. This year's event will take place Saturday starting from King's Fork High School.
Riders set out on last year's route. This year's event will take place Saturday starting from King's Fork High School.

Tour hits the road Saturday

Published 10:13pm Thursday, April 24, 2014

More than 900 bicyclists are expected to hit the road on Saturday for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.

Exactly 911 riders currently are registered for the fundraising event, which has brought in $288,970 so far.

“We hope with the good weather that’s predicted for the day of, we’ll have more riders coming out for the event,” said Amie Holman, event coordinator for the American Diabetes Association.

She said cyclists should know what time their route starts and show up at King’s Fork High School in enough time to get ready to ride.

“With the sun and the heat, they should make sure to come well prepared with some sunscreen and make sure they hydrate throughout the day,” Holman said. “If you feel tired, take a break. It’s a ride, not a race.”

A high temperature of 77 with sunny skies is expected.

“We ask the riders to obey all traffic signs to be respectful to the motor vehicles,” Holman said. “Anybody who’s riding down the road, we ask of them the same thing we ask the riders — just share the road nicely.”

Riders will be able to continue to fundraise following the ride, Holman said.

“We still have a month after the event for riders to qualify for certain prizes, so we will be continuing to fundraise post event.”

She said the association appreciates the participation of many different entities who have made the ride possible.

“We appreciate the city being supportive of the ride and supporting the mission of the American Diabetes Association,” she said. “That’s obviously to find a cure for diabetes, but in the interim we want to improve the quality of life for those that live with diabetes.

“We couldn’t do it without the city, police department, fire departments, parks and recreation, school administration and King’s Fork High School, and everyone who has supported us,” she said.

She also thanked the many volunteers who will provide support on Saturday as well as the eight rest stop hosts — the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Maintenance Department, Woodland United Methodist Church, Western Branch Baptist Church, Holland Community Center, a private resident on Pittmantown Road, the Whaleyville Community Center and Volunteer Fire Department, Liberty Spring Christian Church and Bethlehem Ruritan Club.

Route distances are 10, 30, 65 or 100 miles. The 100-mile ride starts at 7 a.m. The 65-miler starts at 9 a.m. The 30-mile ride starts at 10:30 a.m., with the 10-mile ride beginning at noon. Check-in is an hour prior to the start for each ride.

For more information on the ride, including route maps, visit www.diabetes.org/hamptonroadsvatour.

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