2010 was the first year I participated in the ADA Tour de Cure event. I hadn’t been on my bike in over a decade, and wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into. Heading to the event, I was worried about making it through the ride, and how silly I looked wearing this super tight biking jersey.
When I got to the event, all of that melted away. The entire area around Minnehaha Falls was jam packed with people. Riders, supporters, family members, ADA volunteers, police and safety officers, you name it. And they were all here because of us, riders with diabetes. It was very inspirational and empowering.
Before you knew it, we were pedaling away! It was really something special, to see a big stream of people cycling along, many Red Rider jerseys, and even more friends and family. I couldn’t help but to grin. I was having fun riding, but the atmosphere put it over the edge. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face for the whole day.
Every time we saw a Red Rider jersey, we shouted “Go Red Rider!” and every time other riders in the tour saw us in our Red Rider jerseys, they belted out the battle cry too. It was really very cool and totally boosted the energy of the ride. I really enjoyed the route, and got to see some parts of Minneapolis that I’ve never seen before. I also really enjoyed a lot of the views and perspectives of parts of Minneapolis that I am familiar with. We did the 27-mile course. With all of the excitement and adrenaline from the event, and all of the support and encouragement along the way, the ride was over a little too soon for me. So we decided to do the 45-mile course this year.
With about two weeks left before the ride, I’m really looking forward to soaking in all of the love and support for people living with diabetes on the day of the tour.
By Scott K. Johnson