This Saturday (April 17th) we will officially kick-off the 2010 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes with our annual Youth Ambassador Kick-off event at Ben & Ari's (13875 Trade Center Dr.), take SR37 north to 141st St and turn left. The event will start at 1pm.
Immediately before the Kick-off we will have our first ride of the season. The ride will be 10 miles and will start at 11:30 from the parking lot of Ben & Ari's. See below some instructions for this ride & future rides. The bike ride will not be very intense, the idea is just to get everyone back on the bike and for me to see where everyone is relative to riding.
1.If you haven't been on your bike yet this year make sure you get out to the garage BEFORE Saturday morning and check that everything is okay, including that your tires will hold air and that your chain is well lubed.
2.Some key equipment that you will need for every ride: helmet, extra tubes, bike pump or C02 cartridges, water bottles & water bottle cages (you will need 2, but if you only have 1 that will be okay for Saturday's ride), snacks or money to buy snacks and appropriate clothes for the temperature.
3.The start time of the ride is when we will be on our bikes and on the road, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to do what you need to do to get ready to ride (get your bike out of the car & assembled, pump up your tires, get dressed, stretch, etc.). I would suggest aiming to arrive 15 minutes before the start time.
4.Dress for the weather, in the next month or two the weather can be a bit hit or miss, I recommend bringing more clothes than you think you need, you can always leave some in your car. Also try to dress in layers so you can take some things off as it warms up.
5.For some of the early rides we probably won't ride in the rain, but later on we might unless there is lightening. I will be working on getting everyone's cell phone numbers and will plan to send text messages to those who can receive them to communicate day of about ride schedules.