Whether it’s your first Breakthrough T1D™ Ride or your twentieth, our team of coaches is ready to elevate your experience. They’ll offer training plans, help you achieve your Ride Day goal, and organize local community rides. With resources to ensure you reach your goals safely and happily, our coaches are here to support your training preferences, wherever you choose to ride.


Rhiannon Thoresen

Breakthrough T1D Ride Coach

Being a Breakthrough T1D Ride Coach is my opportunity to give back to an organization that has given me more than I can ever repay. Throughout the last 18 years participating in fundraising walks and rides, I’ve seen impressive advancements in research, drawn inspiration from countless stories, been motivated by courageous T1Ds, and found support in the Breakthrough T1D community. As a coach, I get to lend a "little hand" to cyclists in their fundraising and training with the hopes of removing anything that gets in the way of being part of the Breakthrough T1D community.

Our Breakthrough T1D Ride coaches are dedicated to improving your ride experience by fostering a safe and inclusive environment as you prepare for Ride Day.

They’ll assist in setting achievable goals, organizing local group rides, tracking your progress, and offering workshops on topics ranging from selecting your first bike to changing a flat tire.

Every year, thousands of riders accomplish what they never thought possible. Register today and discover what you can achieve.

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Training Tips

Breakthrough T1D Ride provides a wealth of tools and resources to help you reach your cycling goals. Upon registration, you gain access to:

  • Organized Training Rides
  • A Dedicated Coach (local or remote)
  • Newsletters packed with fundraising tips and ideas
  • Tailored training plans for your specific distance goal

These are just a few highlights of what we offer. For more information on our training resources, email

Training FAQ

What type of bike do I need to do the Breakthrough T1D Ride?

The best bike for Breakthrough T1D Ride is one that’s comfortable and well-maintained. Remember, these aren’t races but fundraising events focused on riding at your own pace and distance. Join our mission from any bike seat – road, mountain, or indoor trainer. We offer flexible opportunities to participate from anywhere.

What are some tips to help me set a goal?

Decide what you want to achieve this year. Here are some examples to help you think through your own goals:

  • Choose how and when you want to participate. Set a mileage goal and slowly build up to your desired distance throughout the season.
  • Set a season–long distance goal: number of miles, number of hours on the bike (or number of stationary bike classes), number of days, etc. Set the date you wish to achieve it. These can be achieved on any type of bike, on any type of road, on your indoor trainer, or even on your stationary bike.

Regardless of how you choose to participate:

  • Once you’ve chosen your route, share it with your community. Share your goal and continue to update your progress throughout the season so they can cheer you on.
  • Stay motivated and build miles by joining Breakthrough T1D group rides in your area, as well as the T1D communities on Zwift and Peloton.

I want this year to be my first 100-mile bike ride. What are some tips to help me ride the distance and feel comfortable doing so?

  1. Check out our training plan section and leave yourself enough time to safely build your fitness and endurance over the weeks and months leading up to your ride. Share your goals with your Coach and teammates so that they can help support your training efforts.
  2. Don’t ride too fast! The objective is to complete the distance and typically if you can ride at least 10-11 miles per hour steadily, you will be able to complete the 100-mile distance.
  3. Be sure to stay hydrated during your ride. You should take a sip from your water bottle often while riding, every 10-15 minutes at least, even if you don’t feel thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, and it may become difficult to make up for lost water at that point.
  4. Stay fueled for the ride. Cycling requires a lot of energy, and you will need to keep eating during the ride to have enough energy to keep going strongly. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, energy bars and gels, fruit, and other easy-to-digest foods that are easy to eat and keep you fueled.
  5. Train and ride with a friend. There are two very good reasons to ride with a friend: It’s safer and it’s more fun! If anything should happen such as a flat tire, it’s always better to have someone along to help. Many participants find great connections within the local Breakthrough T1D Ride community, building lifelong friendships while working towards a common goal.

How often should I be riding?

The number one way to get better at riding a bike is by riding a bike. Your coach will help you set your mileage goal and will create a plan that will help you reach it.

How many miles should I ride in training for my Breakthrough T1D Ride?

  1. Your longest training ride should be 75-80% of the distance of your ride goal. Why not 100%? That’s because if you can ride 80%, or 80 miles if you are aiming for a century distance, then you should be able to make it the last 20. You will have the opportunity to complete your ride your way and in your own time.
  2. Your weekly mileage should equal or exceed the number of miles you plan to ride at your desired event. For example, if you are planning to ride 100 miles then your weekly mileage should average 100 or more miles. All miles count and accumulate as far as your body is concerned. If you can consistently put in 100 miles a week in the final few weeks approaching your Breakthrough T1D Ride, you will be fine. So, 5 days of 20 miles will work if that’s all you can manage. However, you should still be working your way up to a progressively longer ride each week, as described in #1 above.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give me as a first-time rider?

Breakthrough T1D Ride is more than cycling; it’s about raising critical funds to help those living with T1D. Signing up changes lives, including yours, by joining a mission-driven community. Your bike becomes a key tool in this fight, not just for fundraising but as a symbol of our collective effort. Enjoy each mile, make new friends, and witness the real difference you’re making.

Thank you to our Sponsors

National One Society Diamond Partners

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