Tour de T1D - Cycling for Type 1 Diabetes

Tour de T1DTM · September 22, 2024

Get ready to join Ontario’s only bike ride focused on raising funds and awareness for youth living with Type 1 Diabetes!

NEW Venue Location !

We are excited to announce Hardwood Ski and Bike have joined us to provide an exciting venue for the event’s start and finish.

We have realized the previous venue required Horseshoe Valley to start and finish and not only is it a challenging climb but is not a safe road.

We will start and finish the Hardwood Ski and Bike location via the 6th line. A much better start and also a much safer road.

We are keeping the 3 road distances but the Trail route option, thanks to the location, is now even better! Participants can select the mountain bike option (MTB/Trail) and ride any of the excellent marked trail Hardwood is known for.

Young participants can ride or walk on the 2.5K Sprockids Loop, a very easy route designed for very young riders. Route options.

Please note that dogs are not allowed on the trails or in the chalet.



The Tour de T1D is a fundraising outdoor bicycle ride. The inaugural event took place in 2018.

All funds raised are provided to the Paediatric Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie. All efforts are to improve patient care, develop community efforts to support youths living with Type 1 Diabetes and this large-scale outdoor activity encourages the removal of barriers for the T1D community.

The Tour de T1D promises to be an unforgettable day and it is with your participation that we can make this the premier cycling event of North Simcoe Muskoka and become the leading fundraiser for families living with T1D!

Over the past 5 years, we have raised over $175,000!

The Tour de T1D begins and ends at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Barrie Ontario. The rolling hills and incredible fall colours of Oro-Medonte are the beautiful background for our annual fundraiser.

Come ride or volunteer with us! If you aren’t able to join us this year, please consider donating to help kids and families who live with Type 1 Diabetes.

What you’ve accomplished

+ $175,000
raised in the
last 5 years
2011 - 44
2023 - 131

clinic patients
on insulin pump
2016 - 7
2023 - 150

clinic patients on
continuous glucose monitors
specialized supplies
for families
in need
community outreach
to connect, support
& educate families
with T1D


This year we are thrilled to welcome I Challenge Diabetes (ICD) to the Tour de T1D! Many will recognize these leaders and mentors who will be on-site for the morning, running active kids programming, including carb-counting, BG checks and strategies for exercising with type one. It will be very similar to their very popular Sports Camp!

You can register your child on our registration page. Youth participation will be complementary but parents joining the event to ride or walk and later join their child at the finish of the ICD will need to register to help support the efforts of the Tour de T1D.

The Morning Schedule

8:30 AM Participants Arrive
9:30 AM Introduction/Icebreaker/BG Check
9:45-10:00 AM Kids warm-ups
10:00 AM Walk starts/Run games for those not walking
10:00-11:00 AM Field Games with ICD Team
11:00-11:15 AM BG check, Snack
11:15-11:45 AM Relays with ICD Team/Invite parents/families to join
11:45 AM Team Huddle/Wrap Up/Head for Lunch


Start / Finish: Hardwood Ski and Bike
402 Old Barrie Rd W, Oro Station


Start Time:

  • 90K: 8:00 am
  • 50K : 8:45am
  • 25K: 9:15 am
  • Trail / MTB Route: 10:00 am



Registration is only done as an individual but become a Team Captain and organize your own team on the fundraising page! Corporate Teams are encouraged and can challenge each other for top fundraising efforts!

Registration fees are $75 per participant. Participants 16 years old or younger receive complementary registration by clicking “Youth” on their event selection. Your registration includes on route support, rest stations, water bottle, event t-shirt and a post-event lunch to re-energize you after the day’s activity.

Each individual rider (17 and older) commits to raising a minimum of $250 through fundraising. Young participants should feel free to build their own fundraising pages as well as their support networks have great reaches.

*Please remember the registration fee is not part of fundraising and allows us to deliver a great experience for everyone as we strive to build this into the premier T1D fundraising event in the province.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your event and be mindful of riders already on the roads.

Route options:

Click on the route selection to go to Ride with GPS, see the route print or download it to your cycling computer.

  • RBC The Madison Group – Dominion Securities 90K
  • The Thrive 50K
  • 25K
  • Trail / MTB: Hardwood Ski and Bike permits access to all their pre-marked routes. We suggest the Sprockids Loop for younger participants. We have been permitted to walk or run on the Sprockids Loop as well. If you are happy to join us and participate as a mountain bike rider, you can access all of Hardwood’s trails. When registering, select “Trail / MTB ride” or “Trail Walk or Run”.


The Day's Schedule:

Important: Every participant MUST come to the onsite Registration desk to sign in. You will receive your lunch wrist band, water bottle and your event t-shirt.

07:30 - Registration / Sign In desk open

08:00 - RBC The Madison Group – Dominion Securities 90K riders depart.

08:45 - The Thrive 50K riders depart.

09:15 - 25K riders depart.

10:00 - Trail / MTB participants depart.

11:00 - Lunch is available.

13:00 - The Big Reveal with the Pediatric Diabetic Clinic Team.

The Tour de T1D is a large scale outdoor bike ride with a goal of raising funds and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes. There are many ways to participate: 3 great road routes (25, 55 and 100 KM) and a 6.5 KM flat trail route in the Copeland forest ideal for cyclists of all ages and abilities, some who want to walk and even some who will decide to run it! So the Tour de T1D accommodates everyone to encourage physical activity, take an active role and make a difference. All funds go directly to the Pediatric Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario.


There are 4 options to keep you excited as you cycle through the gorgeous roads of Oro-Medonte.

The 3 road routes share the start / finish and warm you up by getting out of the valley up Horseshoe Valley Road. As I have ridden that hill multiple times over the years and have witnessed 5 years of Tour de T1D riders start their day with the climb, you can trust me when I tell you it looks much worse than truly is.

You can download the Ride with GPS files on your cycling computer. The roads are all very clearly marked with signs at every intersection. You will not get lost.

The trail route is an easy, flat, wide open route named the Copeland Cruise. Easy for all ages to ride or walk!

Each road route will have a Barrie Nissan vehicle following the last rider. They are riding with you for your safety and are there if you have any concern.

** All road routes are 100% paved (There are errors on the Ride with GPS website)**

  • Challenging route bringing the riders in the Moonstone area
  • Over 3200 ft of climbing with multiple short but punchy climbs
  • Rest stop at 67km with hydration, snacks and portable toilet
  • Download GPX file
  • Gorgeous route that still has its challenges
  • Includes everyone’s favorite: the Warminster Climb
  • Rest station at 37 km, very soon after the Warminster climb
  • Over 1700 ft of climbing
  • Download GPX file
  • Although 25K is not very long for the seasoned cyclist, this one will still challenge your legs
  • A beautiful short loop around the small community of Edgar
  • Still climbs over 760 ft
  • Rest station with hydration, snacks and toilet facility in the Edgar Community Center
  • Download GPX file
  • Added in 2022 to allow young families to ride or walk under the beautiful canopy of the Copeland Forest
  • All age groups can participate
  • Marked as "The Copeland Cruise"
  • No climbing, wide double track to soft dirt road, no need to use any main roads as it is accessed straight from the entrance road to The Heights
  • Although not necessary, here is the GPX file for those who would like it:
    Download GPX file

No bike? No problem!!

We would like to highlight Horseshoe Valley Outfitters who can set you up with a great E-Bike so you can ride with your friends or family and be part of the big impact everyone is making for youths and families living with diabetes! Contact them directly and they will have the bike ready for you to ride on the 24th.


Tour de T1D Jersey Available!

  • Order them directly from Jakroo
  • 2 styles to order from
  • Get matching high quality bibs for a fantastic look
  • Jerseys are custom designed by Nicole Van Beurden. Added to her talent in Graphic Arts, she is a retired professional triathlete, a triathlon coach at Team Atomica and also an inventor / wheel designer creating the company Sor Cycle. See her stunning stable wheel design at https://www.sorcycles.com

*We inform you that we receive no royalties from the sale of these jerseys.

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 600 riders and raised over $158,000.00. 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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