As told by Joe Blazis – Clydesdale member, ride chair and JDRF board member
How it Started
The Tour de Clydesdale for JDRF came about because our team, the Clydesdale Athletic Club, was looking for a ride to participate in during the Spring. When we couldn’t find a ride, we decided to host and participate in one.
Our focus has always been threefold: fitness, fellowship and charity. Because of that, we wanted the ride to fit in with a phrase you’ll see on our jerseys, “Riding for Cures.” My oldest daughter Caleigh is a Type 1 diabetic, so we decided to meet with JDRF and see what we could do to help them. We came up with a plan and partnered with 3rd Turn Brewing to host the first annual ride.
How It Helps
All funds raised by riders will go directly to JDRF, and sponsorship dollars remaining after costs are covered will go to JDRF as well. Our goal is to raise $40,000 for JDRF, which works to fund research toward finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. They also work with the government to advocate for research. While work is ongoing toward a cure, they offer support and information to families and are especially supportive of families with newly-diagnosed children. T1D is an autoimmune disease, typically affecting kids around the ages of 10-14. In some cases, kids younger or older are impacted. They are innocent victims of this disease, and JDRF works tirelessly toward a cure and toward making the daily management of the disease easier.
How You Can Help
Community members can get involved by participating in the ride and/or donating to the ride. Registration is free at www2.jdrf.org/goto/clydesdale. We’re asking each rider to fundraise at least $200. Non-riders can use the same website to make donations.
You do not need to be an experienced cyclist to join us. There are two course choices – either a flat, 16-mile course or a hillier, 30-mile course. Both were reviewed and approved by the Oldham County Police Department, and the team will make sure no one is left behind.
After the Ride
Once the ride concludes, all riders who raise $200 will receive a ride t-shirt, free lunch and one free drink token. 3rd Turn will be open and offering all of their great beer choices. The Noes will be there performing live music as we celebrate a great ride for an awesome cause. VT
Who We Can Thank
Tour de Clydesdale is sponsored by:
3rd Turn Brewing
Sysco Food Services
State Farm Insurance Office of Duane Riley
Alliance Handyman & Roofing
Ford Motor Company
UAW 862 at Kentucky Truck Plant
About the Clydesdale Athletic Club
Our members vary in size, ranging from 6’ 10” and 350 pounds to 5’ and one-third that weight. The age of our members follow the same course with those having more wisdom (approaching 70) to the less mature (middle-aged). However, none of these statistics matter to us; we invite all to join our cause.
Our mission is to raise funds for cancer and diabetes research by supporting the Bike to Beat Cancer for the Norton Cancer Institute and the Tour de Clydesdale for JDRF. Inspired by the effect that these diseases have had on our lives, we see every day as a gift that should be filled with family, friends, goodwill and laughter.