Team Fauquier/Tour de Cure facts you need to know:

2012 Tour de Cure Team

Tour de Cure is the American Diabetes Association’s fundraising ride to help fight diabetes. Events are held all over the country and our nearest is the National Capital Tour de Cure which departs from Reston Town Center on June 2, 2013.

Riders must register with the Tour de Cure as a team member or an individual and meet the fundraising minimum of $250 in donations from friends, family, or coworkers in order to participate. You have until the day of the event to raise the minimums, and you can have people donate online.

 

What is the ride all about?

Participants have a choice of ride distances from 14 miles to 108 miles, with well stocked rest stops along the way and a big party after the ride. Hordes of volunteers and sponsors show up to make sure you have the ride of your life and you are never without food, water, Gatorade, or whatever you need to enjoy your ride. http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/A1WDC-DistrictofColumbiaMetroArea?pg=entry&fr_id=8619

 

How do I join the team?

The team is open, and consists mainly of people who live or work (or run or ride) in Fauquier County. Team Fauquier was established in 2011 to provide a means through which community members could increase their physical activity levels through group training, organized events, and competition.

Team Fauquier is one of the fastest growing (and currently largest) Club/Organization teams in the National Capital Tour de Cure for 2013. To join, you can go to our page at http://main.diabetes.org/goto/teamfauquier and click Join this Team. We would love to have you.

 

What about training for my ride?

The training is free, just bring appropriate clothing, a water bottle, and a heart rate monitor if you have one. Most training sessions are led by our team captain who is a certified Spinning™ instructor and personal trainer. Participants in the sessions range from experienced cyclists who ride thousands of miles per year to new cyclists who have just purchased their first road bike (or who are about to purchase one) for this ride.

Fauquier Health Wellness Center has been EXTREMELY generous to our group by allowing us to use open studio times to train. Therefore, we have training in the spin studio 4 nights per week – our schedule is subject to change based on center hours, but normally we are able to train at the following times:

Mondays 7:00 PM
Tuesdays 7:15 PM
Wednesdays 6:45 PM
Fridays 5:15 PM - usually a longer ride with scenery videos or movies
Saturdays/Sundays we will have members leading outdoor rides (weather permitting)

What about bikes? I don't have one, or mine is kind of old?

Not to worry! First of all, you can start training and getting used to cycling on the spin bikes. There are plenty of resources for purchasing or renting a bike in the area and once you determine what your ride goal is, you can decide what kind of bike to get. The Bike Stop has been very generous to our team and offered great deals for those renting or purchasing a bicycle. Also, our experienced team members usually know someone selling a bicycle or can help with the choice when it comes time to purchase or rent one.

 

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email the team captain, Al Maxey, at al@teamfauquier.org or catch him or other teammates at a spinning session. You can also join and post on the yahoo group (http://teamfauquier.org/group) or facebook page (http://facebook.com/teamfauquier) with any questions. Be sure to join/subscribe to both of those to keep up with training announcements/changes throughout the season.