"100 for the 100"

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 edition of the Tour de T1D is running LIVE!

This year we celebrate history as 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by the combined efforts of Sir Frederick G. Banting, Charles H. Best and John J.R. Macleod at the University of Toronto.

Many events around the world celebrate "The 100" and we think there’s no better way to highlight this discovery than by riding in the Tour de T1D while increasing awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and improving the lives of those living with T1D. All funds raised are directed to the Youth Diabetic Clinic of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.

2021 Tour de T1D

Due to potential restrictions related to Covid-19, we will run this event with some modifications and restrictions.

Charity Bike Ride

We are doing things differently this year.

This is a bike ride to raise funds for the Youth Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. In honour of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, we are eliminating the registration fee and replacing it with a $100.00 entrance fee that will be a direct charitable donation to the Clinic and eligible for a tax receipt. As we are trying to raise funds, this amount is a minimum entry fee and participants can elect to donate more at their discretion. It eliminates the request we have had in the past for participants to fundraise individually.

In 2019, we raised over $47,500.00 dollars for the Clinic. Part of it was used to help build and develop an improved experience for youth patients and their families as they attend the Clinic.

Our goal is to see this number increase to further improve the Clinic services.


Date: 26 September 2021

Location: The Heights Ski and Country Club
1106 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

Routes: We are keeping the same 3 routes. Here are the files for your cycling computer.  Click on the ride below for more information.

Please note there will be no route marshals as in past events. This is to limit the number of individuals associated with the event in case of contact concerns related to Covid-19. Every rider will be responsible for self-guiding by the following options:

- Downloading the above files in their cycling computer.
- Riding with a colleague who has downloaded the files in their cycling computer.
- Printing the directions from ridewithgps.com files and carrying a paper copy.
- Following the well marked signs along the route.

Start times:

Respecting Covid-19 precautions, we will not have a mass start time for each route. Instead, we will have a Start Window allowing riders to start the route at their leisure within the designated time. They can start from their vehicle in the parking lot or roll to the start line and get going from there. The finish is the same as the start line located at the doors of the chalet of the Heights Ski and Country Club.

- 100K Start window: 07:30 - 08:00
- 50K Start window: 08:15 – 08:45
- 25K Start window: 09:00 – 09:30


This is NOT a race. Riders are obligated to ride respecting traffic rules including stop signs, slowing down for railroad crossings, maximum 2 riders abreast (if more than 3 riders), wearing a helmet. We highly recommend having a white light on the front and a red light on the back of your bike at all time, even if the event takes place during daytime.

Ontario Cycling Association guidelines for sanctioned mass cycling participation events dictates cycling groups should be limited to 8 cyclists.

There will be a sweep vehicle driving behind the last rider of each route in case a rider cannot continue due to physical / health issues or a mechanical problem unable to be fixed on the road.

Odyssey Medical will provide first aid services for the event this year. They will have a crew at the Heights chalet and another to head to an injured rider on course.

Post-ride meal:

As we are planning within potential restrictions, each participant will receive a lunch bracelet upon registration. The Heights kitchen will prepare individual boxed lunches to be handed to participants at the finish. Lunch can be eaten on the patio, on the ski hill if it is beautiful weather or taken home.


Upon registration, you will receive email updates of progress and changes to this great event. Unfortunately, due to unpredictability, we might be ordered to cancel the event due to Covid-19 related provincial rule changes. Please be aware the charitable donation will not be refunded.

Who are we?

In 2016, Barrie physicians Drs Darlene Newnham and Richard Goudie's son Lukas was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 14.

In 2018, Lukas's parents combined their passion for cycling with their desire to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of youth with T1D. Since no large scale outdoor cycling event existed in Canada, they created the Tour de T1D. To date, their ride has seen over 300 riders and raised over $80,000.00. Their dream is to see this ride become a recognized annual T1D event drawing riders from all over Canada.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

T1D is an autoimmune disease for which no cure exists.

It is still considered a lifelong condition managed with insulin via repeated daily injections or an insulin pump providing continuous delivery.

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