The JDRF One Ride will have a virtual feel to it in 2020 as riders strive to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research.
Traditionally held each year in the Barossa Valley, the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has forced diabetes charity JDRF to rethink this year’s event.
Instead riders will ride alongside the Tour de France over three weeks from 29 August to 20 September and can do so on the road, at the gym or their smart trainer, all via Strava.
Read on to learn more about JDRF and how you can make a difference.
Not every rider is the same. We all have different fitness levels, work-life balance and just free time in general. With this in mind, JDRF have come up with three separate categories for One Ride participants.
Riders can compete to notch up the most kilometres each week in their respective categories. Just like Le Tour there is a Malliot Jaune (yellow jersey) for the leader.
Participants are also offered some freedom as to how they go about reaching their target. You can stick to your usual routes or join in JDRF’s ZWIFT events or mix it up and do both.
JDRF CEO and Managing Director Mike Wilson OAM said the event would provide a welcome distraction for the cycling community while raising much-needed funds and awareness.
“Since the inception of One Ride, our community of cyclists have raised a massive $14 million, which has gone on to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs for people with type 1 diabetes, improving their lives through new treatments, prevention therapies, and continually pursuing our ultimate goal for a cure,” Mr Wilson said.
“However, it’s not all about the funds raised! We’re proud to also be providing a space where passionate cyclists all over Australia can challenge themselves during this time and compete against people they know or other like-minded cyclists alongside the world’s biggest annual cycling event. There’s certainly never been a better time for a bit of healthy competition.”
Why Type 1 Diabetes?
As the world’s largest funder of Type 1 diabetes research, JDRF is at the forefront of battling this disease. Their aim is to accelerate research breakthroughs to improve the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes in the form of new treatments, prevention therapies and of course, a cure.
Type 1 diabetes is a disease where the immune system mistakenly destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This essentially means people with Type 1 diabetes often find their blood sugar levels too high or too low. This can lead to serious health complications especially as they age.
If you would like to get involved in the JDRF One Ride just follow three simple steps. Choose your distance (250km, 500km or 1000km), register yourself or your team and log your kilometres via Strava or manually.
Remember how you go about this is up to you. You can ride as per normal or get some extra sessions in via a smart trainer.
To sign up and to learn more about the work JDRF do, head to their website.