The New England Classic (NEC)was created as a unique seven-day fundraising ride for the American Diabetes Association in 1992. Over the next 25 years the NEC raised well over a million dollars for the ADA, in its quest to find a cure for diabetes. But after the disruptions to all fundraising events caused by the pandemic, the ADA made a strategic choice to focus its efforts on one-day events.
This left the New England Classic’s future in doubt, until a group of dedicated NEC riders and volunteers decided to keep the tradition alive. We formed the New England Classic Charity Bike Tour, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The NECCBT is completely volunteer-run, with no paid staff and no office. This keeps our overhead low so that all net proceeds from the ride can be donated to charity.
Our organizing team includes veteran riders and volunteers from past New England Classics going all the way back to the very first ride. We do this because we love cycling, because we are dedicated to fundraising for an important cause, and because we’re committed to maintaining the tradition of hosting the best overall charity ride experience in all of cycling, right here in New England.
We will continue to support the more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes by donating the net proceeds of the 2023 NEC to the American Diabetes Association, with a percentage of the proceeds earmarked for the ADA’s Camp Carefree in New Durham, New Hampshire.