Mark your calendar for the 2018 Tour de Cure

I am recruiting hams for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bicycle ride on Sunday, June 03, 2018. Ham radio support of this event is vital to the safety of riders. We provide communications to and from the rest stops on the routes and along the routes. All routes begin and end at the Pharmacy building on the University of Rhode Island Kingstown Campus. The routes cover a large area, most of Washington county east of route 95. There are changes planned to the routes for this year and I will provide that information once the routes are finalized. They are also considering a 5K run /walk to run concurrently with the bike rides for this year.

The Tour de Cure is a daylong event beginning around 0530. Accommodations may be able to be made if you aren’t available for the whole day. Additional details will follow as they become finalized.

I am looking for 12 to 14 SAG vehicles with a ham and navigator, the navigator does not need to be a ham, for the 5 separate riding routes. Sag vehicles must have good mobile communications equipment. APRS capability is a definite plus.

I am also in need of hams for 7 rest stops for communication duties. There will be other volunteers at the rest stops to handle the rest stop duties. Rest Stops hams should have a good communications set up as well. A mobile radio with a good antenna is the best option but HTs with a good antenna will also work at some locations.

This is a great cause to support, showcase amateur radio capabilities, practice emergency skills and have fun. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery. Both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles in the cause of type 2 diabetes. Nearly 29 million children and adults in this country are diagnosed with diabetes, so the mission of the ADA is an urgent one. Everything they do forms the underpinning for that mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The money from events like the Tour de Cure goes to support research and educational information.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are available or not and if you would like to be a SAG or at a rest stop, I will do my best to accommodate your request. Please let me know what your communications equipment is, Mobile/HT/APRS etc., and your time availability. If you know anyone else that would like to help please have them contact me. If you aren’t available pass this request on to a ham you think may be interested.

Rhode Island Tour de Cure web site. There are/will be maps and other information for the rides on the site.

Volunteer Sign up link (Check the Ham box)

Jim Creamer
Westerly Amateur Radio Team
Washington County District Emergency Coordinator