This year's participation in the Tour De Cure event was again a very special experience. The bicycle ride started from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA at 7:30 am under clear sunny skies. The 61 mile route was very scenic and bicyclists had the opportunity to ride over the Gerald Desmond and Vincent Thomas port bridges. Both bridges were closed at the same time to traffic during the ride for the first time in history. The route included a numbers of climbs averaging 2-3% with a total elevation approximately 2,500 ft. The climb up to the top of Palos Verdes East was the most challenging climb followed by a great descent. The views of the coastal bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the City of Long Beach were spectacular. The hard working volunteers and event staff were very friendly and made the ride most enjoyable. I road alongside some very determined red riders (those riding with Diabetes) and they inspired me. I encourage everyone to ride or volunteer in a Tour de Cure event to support the fight against Diabetes. I rode for Dennis, Bob, Dana, Joanne and many others who live with Diabetes. I thank everyone who made generous donations on behalf of my ride to the American Diabetes Association. The donations by everyone make a difference in the fight against Diabetes. I was able to raise a total of $1,020.00 in donations and over $538,000.00 was raised at the Ship to Shore American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure.
-- Dave McGrath-Wagner