Meet Walt, age 29

Meet Walt – Bike Beyond team member and Program Coordinator! Give to his fundraising page, or follow him on Instagram.

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Nick Jonas Meets the Team in Napa

Davis, CA

Update from Walt!

While my ridemates may be smiling , rabbit attacks are a real thing. Be careful out there…

Napa, CA

Update from Walt!

Just pics with Nick…nbd

Silver Fork Cafe

Update from Walt!

What champs eat after a bomb ass descent… #20milesin20minutes #pigsinablanket

Cross-Country Cyclists Make Stop in Green River

[Post originally published by eTV10 News Online, available HERE.]

By Julie Johansen

In early June, 20 bikers left New York City as a part of the Beyond Type 1’s Bike Beyond program to bring awareness to Type 1 diabetes. All of these cyclists are living with this disease and are insulin dependent.

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Arches National Park

Update from Walt!

Cheesin and geekin over rocks at Arches National Park cause Utah rocks…

Arches Nation Park Moab, UT

Update from Walt!

End of day at Arches..

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!

Moab, Utah

Update from Walt!

Thanks for the day Abbey and Melissa…

Rocks and rivers…

Colorado National Monument

Update from Walt!

Who knew that holes in the ground could be beautiful…

 

Boulder, CO

Update from Matt!

Update from Ryan!

Solid evening at Red Rocks with Siddarth, Walt, and Amos Lee + Colorado Symphony Orchestra! *Almost* as much fun as we’re going to have riding through the Rockies

Denver, CO

Update from Walt!

Dinner in Denver was alright….#bestspaghettisquashcaserolever#nobolus #isthisreallife — at True Food Kitchen.

 

Bike Beyond Featured in Boulder Weekly!

[Post originally published by Boulder Weekly, available HERE.]

The signs were there: constant thirst, loss of weight despite a healthy appetite, fatigue. A trip to the hospital confirmed it: 12-year-old Walt Drennan had type 1 diabetes.

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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

updates from Helen’s day in the van!

Lunch van duties today in the van with lovely Perri. It’s definitely not a rest day as your have to stick with the team providing water, food, low snacks and any other help needed. It was great to watch the team be so great, pushing so hard in crazy hot weathers, on a long ride with a lot of hills!


Weirdly I had the most hypos in one day today. Maybe after yesterday’s big ride? I like to look for patterns/trends in my sugar levels but mainly I like to accept it does whatever and I just aim to deal with it at it comes!
#bikebeyond #livebeyond #diabetesnz #biking #type1diabetic

 

Bike Beyond Picnic!

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

 

Louisville, Kentucky

Update from Walt!

And this makes it all worth it… Thanks @nerdscanfight

Sunbury Township Hall

Update from Walt!

Van days on #teambikebeyond can get rough. That’s why we eat rough…#twofriedhotdogs#hotdogsforjamie #thanksjamie

Buddylou’s in Hancock, MD

Update from Walt!

When you get off the bike after a long day the only thing you wanna do is…

Fort Frederick State Park

Update from Walt!

And on the hottest day off the ride…#unicorn #hothotunicorns#itsreallyhappening

#teambikebeyond @beyondtype1 @beyondtype1daily

Update from Walt, reporting from the C&O Canal!

Riding long and hard whilst also going mostly rouge with the A-Team

Washington, D.C.

Update from Walt!

 

NYC to DC in 5 days: CHECK

Rocky Steps

Update from Walt!

Ricky didn’t do it with a bike all the way from just doe…

Rocky Re-Enactment!

Watch this video, filmed by Sierra in Philadelphia, as Walt, Cassidy and Meagan re-enact scenes from Rocky!

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!

 

NO LONGER THE ONLY (TYPE) ONE

[The following journal entry is a post published on BeyondType1.org before the ride started, written by Alexi Melvin about Walt!]

Walt Drennan is gearing up to go on his third (yes, third!) cross-country bike tour this summer, but this time with Bike Beyond as Program Coordinator.

Walt’s first race was for “Bike and Build,” a nonprofit out of Philadelphia that works to raise money for Affordable Housing. He rode from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Cruz. In 2014, he participated in “4K for Cancer,” The Ulman Cancer Fund, riding from Baltimore, Maryland, to Portland, Oregon.

“That first ride was just a kind of a whim,” Walt said, “I wanted to do it. It was after grad school, and I was trying to do something really big and cool before I had to grow up. I had heard about it a few years before, and originally I thought it was a really, really stupid. Like, biking across country is dumb, why would anybody do that?” He admitted. “Then I mulled it over for a couple years, and was like oh wow, this would be really cool. So, that’s kind of when I really got into biking. I hadn’t touched a bike since high school before then.”

What sets his journey with Bike Beyond apart from his other two adventures is that this time, he will not be the only one with Type 1 diabetes – as all riders on Team Bike Beyond are living with the disease.

Although Walt finished both of his previous races healthy and thriving, he is looking forward to not needing to worry about how to approach the other riders about his T1D.

“The first time, I wanted to be forthright and let everybody know beforehand. But, I feel like I might have oversold it a bit, and people treated me a little bit differently, I think. Whereas the second time, it was a little disorganized and I didn’t really have time to explain it. So I just kind of told people what was up, and it was less of a focus,” Walt said.

“Actually at the end of that ride, someone mentioned that they had forgotten I had Type 1, which I thought was pretty cool.”

Walt, who uses an OmniPod insulin pump and a Dexcom CGM, has experienced highs and lows, both literally and metaphorically, while training and riding in the past.

“I remember the first day of my first ride, it was only 30 miles, but I was struggling the entire time. I overcompensated and drank a Coke at the beginning of the day, but it went up too high and stayed that way, because I was dehydrated. So, it was a rough, long day. So, I thought, how the hell am I gonna do this?” Walt said. “But then I kind of buckled down and just started listening to my body, and figuring out what things meant, and then kind of going from there.”

Walt, who only recently met his first Type 1 friend through the Beyond Type 1 App in his hometown of Pittsburgh, is grateful to have the opportunity to connect with and learn from the other Bike Beyond riders in terms of their own Type 1 management.

“I don’t know a lot of Type 1s,” Walt said. “I’ve only just started meeting them and realizing there are other ways of going about it in terms of management. A lot of people are very diligent about what they do and what they eat, the activities they do and how they take their medication, which I have never been. So I’m going to learn a lot I feel, this summer.”

As far as stopping points along Bike Beyond’s route, Walt is the most excited to see Moab in Utah, as well as “The Loneliest Road in America” in Nevada.

When their cross-country ride is all said and done, Walt is hoping that Bike Beyond can continue for more people to take part in.

“I’m really hoping this kind of takes off and it becomes a yearly thing. I like the idea of helping people do big things, or helping them realize what they can do. So it’s kind of my big dream at this point,” he said.

“I think the whole Bike Beyond Concept – the idea of putting a team together of these Type 1s and going across the country is pretty simple and easy to do if you just do it bare bones. Beyond Type 1 really who made it to what it is now. Because as of right now it’s way bigger than I ever thought it would be.”

05/29 Pre-Ride Questionnaire

Tell us about the first time you rode a bike. 
“Supposedly” I fell and hit my head so I don’t remember the experience entirely; or most of that year, for some reason. I just take my parents word for it now. I’m super good best friends with my helmet now though!

Tell us about a crazy moment or embarrassing experiencing with Type 1.
One time, during a night time low, I was about 95% certain that I was a wizard during the Battle of Hogwarts (I was in the middle of rereading the series at the time) and was freaking out because I couldn’t sleep and I needed to be well rested so that I could lead the Unicorn Cavalry in the first assault at dawn…

What would your spirit animal be?
Unicorn

What’s your go-to low snack?
Bowl of Cereal and Milk

Tell us something on your bucket list.
I’d really like to bike through all of the US National Parks in the contiguous states in one giant 15,000+ miles bike ride.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
The Office. The only thing I can fall asleep to are the dulcet tones Dwight K Schrute disapproving of one thing or another.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
I love Unicorns.

What’s a super power you wish you had?
Teleportation

Tell us something you’re good at!
Super good at eating oreos.

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers

If you had a nick name/alter ego for yourself during the ride, what would it be?
Dragon because I find them whimsical.