Cyclists gear up for ride of their lives

Since her first ride, Moore has participated in four other tours, three of which she was a team captain.

She is captain this year for Casey and Kaileigh's team, which raised $27,959 last year. Overall, the team has raised the third most amount of money in the area.

This year, the team hopes to raise $10,000, and they are more than halfway to their goal.

While the hill in the middle of the course is the most difficult to bike, the hardest part of the day is when it's over, Moore said. She said she looks forward to the ride all year, and once she is there she hates to leave.

"Everyone wants to be there," she said. "Everyone is happy."

There are 795 registered participants for the event to date, and Amy Young, associate director of the American Diabetes Association, said she expects more than 12,000 people to ride in the Stillwater tour this year.

New this year, Moore said, riders with diabetes will wear red jerseys, so people can see the people they are supporting. Moore is a member of the volunteer Red Riders Planning Committee and said her 6-year old cousin participates every year, as well as her dad.

In addition to her work on the Tour de Cure, Moore is involved with her school's honor society and building the school's homecoming float. She also volunteered at the hospital last summer and was able to sit in on a live surgery.

When she goes off to Union College in Schenectady in the fall, she plans to study pre-med and would like to become a doctor like her grandfather.

Moore was fifth last year in personal fundraising, behind Mary Perrin Scott, a Delmar woman who is captain of the Bethlehem Stars.

Scott raised $7,710 through sponsorships last year.

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