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Nick Jonas Meets the Team in Napa

Napa, CA

Update from Matt!

Just a casual police escort into Napa yesterday. Day 68/70, hard to believe this thing is coming to a close.

Crossing into California!

Bittersweet moment crossing into our final state of this journey, and I definitely expected a better sign…

Baker, NV

Update from Helen!

I had a rest day in Nevada yesterday. We went to an amazing cafe in Baker with lovely owners who let us sit there for hours. They had two cats which was fun. Then the campsite we stayed at was ace with a little river and it actually cooled down at night which meant I slept woo

Cross-country riders raise awareness about living with Type 1 diabetes

[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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Cisco, Utah

Update from Matt! 

Traveling circus summer!

Update from Elliot!

Best state sign yet!! 😄😂 #utah #bikebeyond #t1d #t1dstrong #moabbound

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!

Bonfire Coffee

Update from Matt!

Big shoutout to Carbondale for sponsoring our delicious breakfast at Bonfire Coffee and sending us off over McClure Pass this morning. Amazing hospitality

Update from Matt!

Day 2 in the Rockies, Loveland Pass today up to 12,000 feet. #bikebeyond #rockymountains #allthewayup

Boulder, CO

Update from Matt!

Nicodemus, Kansas.

Update from Matt!

A Kansas morning well spent, Colorado tomorrow#iamspecialized #kansaslife #bikebeyond

Manhattan, Kansas

Update from Matt!

Dream team. This crew managed to ride 67 miles before 1pm, all thanks to @iamspecialized_road. Next stop, beer. #bikebeyond #beeroclock#iamspecialized

Behind the Scenes Update

Take a look at the journey so far!

Team Bike Beyond is HALF WAY through their 70-day cross country ride. Here’s a documentary sneak peek from Neil Greathouse + the riders!

Moberly, Missouri

Update from Matt!

First time ever celebrating the 4th of July. Moberly definitely went big with the fireworks!

Day 29 – Canada Day! Eldorado, IL to Centralia, IL

 

Originally I wasn’t too stoked about missing Canada Day and all the fun that goes along with it when celebrating back home. I quickly learned that some of my American teammates were not going to let this year be a disappointment…

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Canada Day in Centralia, Illinois

Update from Elliot!

Loved celebrating Canada Day 😄🇨🇦 with Canadian teammates Silvi and Matt and the rest of our awesome team!! Special thanks to honorary Canadians, Walt and Amanda for all the sweet festivities!! ☺️ 🇨🇦 #canadian #canadaday#bikebeyond #bikeacrossamerica #cycling#goodglucos

Canada Day in Centralia, Illinois

Update from Matt!

Team Canada coming in hot (minus Eliot)#canadaday #bikebeyond #WeTheNorth 

Nashville to Hopkinsville

Update from Helen!

Today’s century ride from Nashville to Hopkinsville. Great day on amazing roads😀. I fell off my bike again, collecting arm bruises it seems!

Update from The Listening Room Cafe

Bike Beyond Team members celebrate songwriters night with EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay!

Bike Beyond Picnic!

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

 

Yellow Springs, OH

Update from Matt!

94 mile ride today through rural Ohio. The team is finding its groove #bikebeyond #iamspecialized #diabetes #livebeyond

Kentucky!

Update from Matt!

Made it to Kentucky and mile 60 of the ride today before getting rained out. Waiting it out in farmer Larry’s barn #bikebeyond #iamspecialized#kentuckylife #livingthedream#cycleacrossamerica

City of Mckeesport

Update from Matt!

Awesome day riding towards Pittsburgh with these guys today (until the hail storm hit and we had to take cover @starbucks) #beyondtype1#bikebeyond #anotherdayinparadise 

Big Savage Tunnel

Update from Matt!

Living the dream and flying over these trails today! #bikebeyond #iamspecialized

Chester, PA

Update from Matt!

Incredibly warm welcome for #TeamBikeBeyond today in Chester, PA from the local Fire Department. Rode 67 miles and feeling strong!

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. 
I remember falling a lot, but one day, it all came together…

What would your spirit animal be?
Maybe a Black Bear because they just hang out in the forest and eat berries… what a life!

What’s your go-to low snack?
Mars bar or juice box.

Tell us something on your bucket list.
Open my own craft brewery!

If your friends could pick three adjectives to describe you, what would they be?
Passionate, laid back, and hard working.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
The Mindy Project, because it’s hilarious and I made it to season 4 and now I need to know what happens.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
I was the president of my Fraternity (Kappa Sigma) in my senior year!

What’s a super power you wish you had?
Teleporting would make life so much better.

Tell us something you’re good at!
I can decipher really messy handwriting.

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Lucifer by Jay-Z (no reason besides I just really like that song)

If you had a nick name/alter ego for yourself during the ride, what would it be?
A wise man once told me you have to EARN your nick name, so I’ll leave this one for later.