Category Archives: First-Timer Tips

It’s almost here! I’ve put in a lot of miles in getting ready for my first Tour DaVita. I’m not convinced that the rolling hills of Raleigh, North Carolina have prepared me for the mountains of Washington . . . … Continue reading


Hi everyone, my name is DJ, I’m a patient rider looking forward to riding in the tour for the first time. This is just a bit about me and why I’m riding. Kidney disease is something I’ve dealt with all … Continue reading


Tour DaVita is something I look forward to every year; I can’t imagine not being a part of this amazing experience. From the moment you step off the plane and hear the cheering from the Redshirts who make you feel … Continue reading


Why is it important to me to participate in the Tour DaVita? That’s a big question, with a lot of answers. I started life chubby and bald. For a brief period in college I was in good shape. I had … Continue reading


It is hard to believe that we are just a few short weeks away from the 10th annual Tour DaVita, and we have come full circle back to the great state of Tennessee! I am especially excited about the day … Continue reading


It’s been ten years, but we made it back to Tennessee. Get ready for a great ride. Once again I had the good fortune to do a scouting ride of the Tour DaVita route. This year the Tour starts in … Continue reading


Barry Gonzalez’s life may seem unrecognizable looking back from just five years ago. Barry, home dialysis patient and 2nd time Tour DaVita rider, has lost nearly 300 pounds, is working 50-60 hours a week, has strengthened relationships with his family, … Continue reading


“Are you still doing Tour DaVita???” Everyone keeps asking me that, sounding simultaneously concerned that I might be and in disbelief that I might not. Everyone knows that I’d never miss a Tour. I’ve ridden every mile of the last … Continue reading


Rawhide – 2015 Tour DaVita – North Carolina here we come! Once again I had the good fortune to do a scouting ride of the Tour DaVita route.  This year the Tour winds its way through the Piedmont area of … Continue reading


Guest post by Christina Dils, group facility administrator in California. Can you believe it is almost here?  The most exciting/nerve-wracking day of the year is coming – when they announce the location of the 2015 Tour DaVita and open registration.  … Continue reading