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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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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!

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!

Bike Beyond Picnic!

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

 

Welcomed to town!

Check out how we were welcomed into town!

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. 
My first rides were with either my mother or father holding on to the bottom of my seat as they ran down the street next to me. I can remember being petrified. Pretty sure I ran into a neighbor’s car on one of my learning rides.

Tell us about a crazy moment or embarrassing experience with Type 1.
On my wedding night I had a low blood sugar and “had” to stuff my face with wedding cake at 3AM!

What would your spirit animal be?
Penguin

What’s your go-to low snack?
Raspberry Glucose Tablets – If not really low, I love fresh fruit.

Tell us something on your bucket list.
Travel with my family to Japan.

If your friends could pick three adjectives to describe you, what would they be?
Driven, Considerate, Intelligent

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
HBO Westworld. I love shows and movies that make you think, What? Why? Westworld has been particularly interesting because it questions what is the meaning of life.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
I had aspirations of being a “World Renown DJ.” My dream was to play at Bedrock with John Digweed.

What’s a super power you wish you had?
The ability to create beta cells.

Tell us something you’re good at!
Soccer. I was captain of my college soccer team.

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Barry White – Love’s Theme

If you had a nick name/alter ego for yourself during the ride, what would it be?
I go by Ricky as well.