The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is an adventure of a lifetime. Riders from around the world take on two challenges: raising the critical money needed to fund the research that will cure diabetes and reaching a personal training goal that will prepare them for their destination cycling experience. Participants register for one of several great destination rides nationwide, and then spend the weeks before the ride working with a local Southwest Ohio USA Cycling certified coach and a JDRF fundraising coach to help them reach their goals. Be part of the team that moves us toward a cure with every mile pedaled and every dollar raised. The Ride to Cure Southwest Ohio team is one of the largest across all JDRF chapters nationwide with more than 115 riders.
Need more information or some helpful fundraising hints? Take a look at our Ride Handbook or contact Chris Comley at 513-793-3223. Want to know more what the ride program is all about? Check out this video from Jack Hughes, a Southwest Ohio Ride Team member, where he talks about his journey with the program. Ready to register? Click here.
2017 Ride Dates
August 10–13 La Crosse, WI
August 24–27 Loveland, CO
September 14–17 Saratoga Springs, NY
October 5–8 Amelia Island, FL
November 16–19 Tucson, AZ
LOCAL SOUTHWEST OHIO RIDE EVENTS
Each year our chapter hosts several training rides locally. Check the events page for upcoming ride events. These include the following:
No Payne, No Gain Ride
Held at the Payne Recreation Center in Moraine, Ohio, this ride is held each summer at typically attracts more than 60 riders and raises approximately $4,500 for the ride program.
Young’s Charity Ride
The Young’s Jersey Dairy Bike Tour is held each July and draws more than 250 cyclists from across the state. This event benefits four local charities, including our JDRF chapter. Each year our chapter receives more than $25,000 from this bike tour.
TEAM SOUTHWEST OHIO COACH BIOS
Patti Bills started her JDRF Ride to Cure life in West Michigan as a rider in Death Valley in 2007. Apparently, the 35 mph crosswinds, power outage, and 105-degree heat wasn’t enough for her, because she came back to do Killington, VT, where it rained all day and never got above 50 degrees. After that, she tried her hand at wrenching, working the bike room at several events (Burlington, Tahoe, Tucson, and LaCrosse). Once she finished grad school and became a real adult (though the jury’s still out on that), she found her way back to the ride, taking her 15 year-old little red bike to Death Valley 2 years in a row for SWOH; and they still haven’t kicked her out of the bike room yet. Each JDRF season brings more incredible people and and experiences to her life, and she doesn’t know what her life would be without it. Patti is so thrilled to be able to serve the SWOH team this year! She considers it a huge honor.
Jeff first got involved with the JDRF Ride to Cure after his wife Renee rode in Death Valley in 2005. Since then his oldest son Nathan, Type 1, has joined the team and so has his youngest son Preston. The ride is truly a family experience for Jeff. He believes the key to a fun and productive ride is having a focus on your end goals, whether that is riding 100 miles or only 30 miles. Coach Jeff helps his team by making sure each rider has a personalized experience with the main focus Finding a Cure. Cycling is a passion, helping others is a desire, finding a cure is the goal. Jeff believes that all roads lead to a cure, and the more miles we ride, the closer we get.
Doug Fecher, Xenia, Ohio, joined the JDRF Ride to Cure team in 2014 and has ridden “Big Blue” in Lake Tahoe for two consecutive years, winning the Yellow Jersey for top recruiter in 2015. Although he has no direct connection with T-1, Doug quickly came to appreciate the importance and passion of what JDRF does. “I started with JDRF because I loved to ride my bike and was looking for a fun group to ride with. As I met more and more JDRF riders, and coaches, and especially T1 riders and their family members, I came to understand just how life-changing the JDRF Ride Team really is.” Doug and his wife Kelle chaired the 2015 JDRF Gala in Dayton, Ohio, and he will be a first-time coach in 2016. “I love to ride, and to help others, and have become passionate about finding a cure for this terrible disease. Serving as a coach seemed like the natural next step. “Last year, riding with five first time riders including one of my best friends who is T1, and seeing them all cross the finish line in Lake Tahoe, was simply indescribable” Doug remembers. “I can’t wait to do my best to get even more new riders across that line in 2016 and help them experience the amazing feeling that comes with conquering the road in search of a cure.”
1/22/2011. The day Hannah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Bekka, a high school friend of Hannah’s, and her father had been riding with JDRF for a few years. They talked Petra and Hannah into doing the La Crosse ride with them in August, 2012. After completing their first century and having an amazing time, they were hooked. That year Petra and Hannah rode in Death Valley also. This past October they both completed their 5th ride in Death Valley.
After her first ride, Petra knew she wanted to be a coach. What makes JDRF Ride to Cure so great is that the coaches help everyone achieve their ride day dream. She can’t wait to help you achieve yours! She knows that the money we raise makes a huge difference in how T1D is managed. Just watch a T1D rider complete 100 miles in Death Valley and you will be convinced. Until we have a cure she will keep riding!
The local Southwest Ohio Ride to Cure Program could not be possible without our sponsors and we thank them for their support. Interested in sponsoring the ride program? Visit our corporate partnership opportunities page for more information.
BAM (Bikes and More)
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Enrollment Benefit Concepts
Jim’s Bicycle Shop
Reliance Technology Solutions
Team Dayton Cycling
TREK Blue Ash
Young’s Jersey Dairy