LATEST RIDER UPDATE

[Post originally published by The Times Independent in Moab, Utah,  available HERE.]

by Molly Marcello

Matt Swain (left), Tom Dillon and Jesse Lavine relax during a “Bike Beyond” potluck in Moab. Photo by Molly Marcello 

In an effort to show that having Type 1 diabetes doesn’t mean opting out of adventure, 19 individuals with the chronic autoimmune condition are biking across America from Brooklyn, New York to San Francisco, California. Their ride, called “Bike Beyond Type 1,” landed them in Moab July 24, where they met with community members and other diabetics to share stories about the condition and their great journey.

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SUMMER 2017

Team Bike Beyond will be embarking on an epic, 10-week adventure, pedaling from New York City to San Francisco. The international team of 20 riders hail from the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. All are living with Type 1 diabetes — collectively with a whopping 263 years of experience! As they journey across the country, they’ll be destroying stereotypes and showing the world what living beyond Type 1 looks like. Sound outrageous? Sound like a double-dog-dare you? Sounds about right.

Cue: “Born to be Wild.” Are you playing your air guitar yet? Because Bike Beyond is literally a party on wheels, speeding across the US, “from sea to shining sea.” We’ll be stopping in all kinds of cool cities, hosting events and cutting loose, showing what it’s like to be a diabadass. And you don’t have to be a rider to join in the fun.

Where are the riders going? See the route overview.

Where are the riders today? See below for where they are right now, and where they are for the next week. Come back to see where the riders are, and check their journals for updates along the way!

DAY 55

7/27/17GREEN RIVER, UTFRUITA, UT93 MILES

Further into Utah, the team arrives today at Fruita, Utah! Tonight they’ll be camping at the Capitol Reef National Park.

DAY 56

7/28/17FRUITA, UTANTIMONY, UT53 MILES

Moving even further across Utah, the team gets into Antimony where they’ll camp out at a local dude ranch!

DAY 57

7/29/17ANTIMONY, UTMILFORD, UT93 MILES

As the team hits Milford, Utah they’ll spend the night at Milford Elementary School. Tonight they’ll also be hosted by the Lions Club, who will share a dinner with the team.

DAY 58

7/30/17MILFORD, UTGREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, NV85 MILES

Welcome to Nevada! The team is in their 2nd to last state, and they will spend the night in the Great Basin National Park!

DAY 59

7/31/17GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, NVELY, NV75 MILES

From Great Basin National Park to Ely, Nevada! The team will spend the night at the local White Pine High School.

DAY 60

8/1/17ELY, NVEUREKA, NV77 MILES

Today, Day 60, means that the team is officially 10 days out from their destination. Tonight they arrive in Eureka, where they’ll spend the night at Eureka High.