Meet Cheryl, age 39

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Crissy Field, CA

Final update from Cheryl!

Homeward bound after being on the road traveling in some fashion since May 26th and I have to say that after biking almost 4300 miles and unpacking and repacking multiple suitcases every night/morning, I feel like Forrest Gump #ImTiredAndReadyToGoHomeNow Recap coming soon! First we have to get Ella and Abby off to college

San Francisco, CA

Update from Cheryl!

WE DID IT!!!💃🏼🚴‍♀️ We made it across the Golden Gate and finished our cross country bike ride raising awareness and $$ for #type1diabetes with #beyondtype1

Nick Jonas Meets the Team in Napa

Sonoma Valley, CA

Update from Cheryl!

Saved for the last day…an amazing thoughtful gift from Aaron Johnson, president of Families Fighting Type 1, to team Bike Beyond!

Honig Vineyard & Winery

Update from Cheryl!

What a fabulous last 2 days! Arriving in Napa with a police escort in the last 10 miles, an AMAZING party Honig Winery where team Bike Beyond was surprised by the Know Foods CEO with news that they are buying everyone in team Bike Beyond their bikes so we all get to keep them 🎉

Cheers and tears were shed all around, thank you Steve for your amazing generosity and for keeping us fed all the way across the country and especially through the desert🌵❤️!

Then we had a beautiful tour of the Honig Winery and learned how to test grapes for sweetness to see if they are ready for harvest and we had a beautiful lunch with the Honig family and Nick Jonas!

California State Border

Update from Cheryl!

We made it to #Califreakinfornia 🎉 We have learned a lot during this incredible journey and now our ❤️’s are turning towards home and the ability to sleep in a bed every night!!!!

 

I am so proud of Abby Pepper she has been incredible! She also found her “we made it to CA reward” since she will by the ski slopes at #AppState 🙌

Speaking of incredible, we couldn’t have done this with all our support from my amazing Mr. Pepper on the home front or our incredible Specialized Ruby machines!!!

Very surreal! Now for a rest day in South Lake Tahoe!

Border, Utah

Update from Cheryl!

Well we finally made it to #Nevada 🎉

Utah was pretty brutal to us but happiness returns with fun water stop entertainment by Jesse, good showers and rest!

So proud of Abby she is so strong and never complains! She is my inspiration❤️

Arches National Park

Update from Cheryl!

Rest Day in Moab means hiking in #ArchesNationalPark 🎉 what a week we have had from climbing through the Rockies to coming into the desert to #Moab 🚴‍♀️

Moab, Utah

Here’s a video captured by Neil Greathouse of the brushfire that started right after lightning struck a field across from the house the team was staying in!

Colorado

Update from Cheryl!

We climbed climbed climbed then we went down down down! Beautiful day for a ride!

Vail, CO

Update from Cheryl!

All the smiles ❤️

Lookout Mountain Park, CO

Update from Cheryl!

Our best ride yet❤️ Colorado has a piece of my heart😍

So proud of this amazing girl today!! All her hard work and training paid off and she knew what her body needed, blood sugars stayed the best they have been on any ride since June 4th, she climbed like a little mtn goat!

Three Sisters Park, CO

Update from Cheryl!

What a fun day yesterday!! I can’t go but so long without a trail ride!!! I can’t thank Brian Novak enough for reaching out to invite Bike Beyond team members out for a spin. Since it was a “rest day” I totally went for some #LevoDoping 😜 Ron flew out for 2 days and he was able to demo an #enduro thanks to Bike Source Denver for hooking us up!!! Now it’s time to really rest up for 3 brutal days of climbing!!!

The team gets to Colorado!

Update from Cheryl!

Well it’s been an exciting day here at #BikeBeyond We started out getting the water van stuck in the mud at first water stop, on a 101 mi day, but the awesome guys at S&M Repair got us out in no time!! Then it was off to find lunch for the team, we lucked up on a Qdoba, then we were off to meet the groups for our last water/nutrition stop at the #COLORADO state line crossing!! Abby was a great helper today, we make a pretty good team on and off the bike! We ended with our first pool dip so far believe it or not!

Update from Cheryl!

 

 Today’s ride is dedicated to LOGAN MERVIN! Happy 9th Diaversary Logan🎉 you are rockin!

Update from somewhere in Kansas!

Update from Cheryl!

Toto search…

Perry, Missouri

Update from Cheryl!

Hot July 4th cycling feels!

Cheryl Q+A
Own personal reason for making this trip? My daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2012 at the age of 13, since then we have been passionate about educating, advocating and finding a cure for T1D! That is why Beyond Type1’s focus on all 3 of those has been a perfect fit for this adventure. The year after she was diagnosed I was fortunate to be able to raise money which was so graciously matched by Specialized Women while completing the Leadville 100 MTB race/event in Leadville, CO. I have been an avid mountain biker for a long time and a road cyclist since training for the LT100 in 2013. When my daughter Abby came to me saying she wanted me to join her on this crazy adventure to ride across the country together for T1D awareness it was hard to say no! How many 17yr olds want to train and ride with their Mom across the country right after HS graduation before starting College? It is a privilege to ride with her and for her and with the other 18 truly inspiring T1D riders that make up team BikeBeyond!
 
What do you expect to take back from this ride? An even greater appreciation for how amazing the human body is and the power of community when we all reach out in love and support for one another within the T1D family…it’s a powerful force that definitely creates a ripple effect that I can’t wait to see!
 
How has the trip been for you so far? Challenging!! There are a LOT of variables for each individual, you add those with a number of variables for riding, added with variables as a group, added with the many variables of living and performing on an endurance level with T1D and you have a challenging undertaking! Challenging, however, DOES NOT mean impossible as these dedicated riders prove every day!! Each day your sleeping arrangement differs, nutrition differs, community outreach simultaneously plays in, the breaking down and packing up each night and morning, van rescues and bad weather, on and on. You can imagine how tired the team gets and how deep they have to dig down to persevere each day! It is truly amazing!! Many of our riders did not even ride a bike before signing up for this adventure, so that added in makes for a truly unique dynamic that breaks down so many barriers and stereotypes associated with Type 1 Diabetics!
 
In what ways are you educating people about diabetes? Well really in showcasing just what I stated above along with providing a social media diary of sorts by all the team members of just what the daily grind includes. These posts include stopping to treat low blood sugars and dealing with high blood sugars while still adjusting for how much riding is being done and is still left to do for the day. Showing the tenacity to pedal on anyway and know that your riding group has got your back that day no matter what and that everyone is in the same boat and understanding is key and is always there!
Anything you wish to add? Mainly with my critical care nursing background, I am focused on preventing injuries, mitigating injury risk, avoiding dangerous low blood sugars anytime but especially at night! By incorporating my experience as a Specialized Women’s Ambassador – whether it’s starting with new riders all the way through endurance training and riding multiple disciplines – I am always available to help guide my amazing teammates through pacing themselves for the long haul. Being able to see and plan for the big picture is very important when you undertake any endurance event, much less one that lasts 10 weeks!!!  Being able to glean from each other as a resource and experience means that we can be stronger, ride longer and roll into San Francisco together with the most unbelievable sense of accomplishment for something that has truly never been done before like this!
Bike Beyond Picnic!

Thanks to Neil Greathouse for capturing this fun video of the team picnic!

 

Mammoth Cave National Park

Update from Cheryl!

Yesterday was pretty Mammoth for #BikeBeyond We started out with a beautiful fast paced 50 mi ride through the rolling hills of #KY, we pedaled so fast we gained an extra hour😉 Then we had a nice picnic lunch in some shade with a #napchat finish! Then we all piled up and went to #MammothCaveNationalPark where we got to tour a small section of the largest cave system in the world (over 405mi with no end in sight)

Update from Melissa!

What do you get when you put an endurance cyclist, an ultra-runner and a marathon-swimmer in the same ride group for a day of 90 flat, Ohio miles?
A 20mph pace line and a few moments to get in your zone and find that endurance athlete head space.

When our ride mileage was unexpectedly doubled for today and we left an hour late, 90 miles sounded like the LONGEST day. Fortunately, I rode with these two badass woman and we KILLED IT — AND finished before the rest of the team (love you guys, but ya know…).


Feeling strong as hell after a challenging but awesome ride.

Cleveland, OH

Update from Cheryl!

Felt #Limitless yesterday in our amazing new @iamspecialized_wmn kits! 70.5 miles and a rain storm later we were still feeling and looking fresh! Meanwhile it was hard to be without my husband on Father’s Day we were riding and contemplating our many blessings simultaneously! The good news is that Ella and Asher had it under control on the home front❤️❤️

Cleveland, OH

Update from Cheryl6

What an amazing ride day with #BikeBeyond 🎉Our team rolled finishing 72.5 mi in 4.5 hrs and mi 60-70 was on the towpath trail! Sarah Lucas and Thom Scher were here to greet us and came bearing gifts of hotel keys to an amazing room with gorgeous views!! Then just in time for Abby’s bday tomorrow, Mr. Pepper’s pkg arrived that he forwarded once he got home from @iamspecialized_wmn that had amazing new #Limitless kits in them❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 with a super encouraging card🎉 Bike Beyond IS HARD but it’s worth it!

Eastern Continental Divide!

Update from Cheryl!

We made it to D.C.!!!

Westfield Serves as First Stop on Cross-Country Bike Tour for Diabetes Awareness

[Post originally published by TapInto of Westfield, available HERE.]

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Westfield dad Sid Bakst first heard about Bike Beyond from The Foundation for Diabetes Research in Livingston, he couldn’t help but offer his support.

“Diabetes is a disease that is near and dear to us and we are always looking for ways to help,” said Bakst, whose sons, ages 25 and 27, have been living with the disease since they were 3 and age 12, respectively.

The objective of the cross-country cycling challenge is to drive awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to break stereotypes about the condition by showing the world that anything is possible, even when managing Type 1 Diabetes.
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I’ve Got Soul Video

Thanks to Neil Greathouse and Go Pro for this video of the riders!

 

05/29 Pre-Ride Questionnaire

Tell us about the first time you rode a bike. 
Besides my Strawberry Shortcake bike with a banana seat that I was allowed to go to the last crack in the driveway with? My first MTB was way back when they were new and my husband, then boyfriend, had gotten one and got me one for “Christmas” so we could ride together. I crashed off a curb, kicked it and yelled at him that it was a selfish gift…

Tell us about a crazy moment or embarrassing experiencing with Type 1.
Well my daughter was taking her bs b/c she saw the food coming to our table at a restaurant and when it read 20, she took it again with the same result and so I immediately started asking for syrup. The waitress just kept passing things out slowly and acting as if there was no need to hurry. I explained the situation and she verbalized understanding but still did nothing resembling action so I had to get up and walk back to the kitchen stating I had a blood sugar emergency and needed some syrup asap! It was very scary! Luckily she did not loose consciousness.

What would your spirit animal be?
Sea turtle

What’s your go-to low snack?
Abby’s are juice boxes

Tell us something on your bucket list.
Climb Mt Kilamanjaro with Mr. Pepper

If your friends could pick three adjectives to describe you, what would they be?
Motivated, convincing, talkative

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
News, I like to stay up to date on current events both nationally and internationally

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
What a struggle it is to fit time in for myself and fitness.

What’s a super power you wish you had?
Time travel

Tell us something you’re good at!
Writing

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Rocky theme song

If you had a nick name/alter ego for yourself during the ride, what would it be?
I get Nurse Pepper or just Pepper a lot