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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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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Cyclists with Type 1 Diabetes Ride Across America

[Post originally published by KREX’s News Channel 5 during the 5PM news segment and is now online via their online portal at Western Slop Now,  available HERE.]

Bike Beyond Stops in Grand Valley

By: Colette Bordelon 

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Green River, Utah

Living the dream.

Update from Helen!

So beautiful  If only the bike path kept going forever!!!

Moab, Utah

Update from Elliot!

 

Rolling into Moab!!  I love riding for Team Bike Beyond!

Arches National Park

Update from Walt!

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

Day 52-53

Update from Amanda!

Crossed into Utah! The desert is also full of mountains, but we have a rest day, an amazing condo and host, and a bunch of arches to hike through.

Cisco, Utah

Update from Matt! 

Traveling circus summer!

Update from Helen

Just woke up and my sugars are 2.2. Type 1 you are . Thanks for making me eat like a bazillion carbs just so I can contemplate the idea of going back to sleep.

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 🚴‍♀️

Arches Nation Park Moab, UT

Update from Walt!

End of day at Arches..

Arches National Park

Update from Meagan!

On rest days we go hiking!

Update from Helen!

Leaving the beautiful State of Colorado made me a little sad. It was where my top three days on the trip so far were. I know what to come is beautiful but I’m really not looking forward to the heat. Today we entered Utah, with a pretty individual sign at the border


We all rode 47 miles and then we had to shuttle a section of the route as it went through a mountain bike track ( not suitable for our beautiful road bikes). The shuttle took a while and once we got to the spot we could ride from and ate lunch the temperature was at about 39 Celsius. I called it, my body just doesn’t work with those temperatures. So sad to not ride the remaining miles as the route was amazing. But hey, that’s life


Please temperature master, cool it down a bit???

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

From Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah today with a dip in the Colorado River in between

Moab, Utah

Update from Walt!

Thanks for the day Abbey and Melissa…

Rocks and rivers…

Diabetes Delegation

[Post originally published by The Daily Sentinel, available HERE.]

By Charles Ashby

Sixty-three cities, 15 states, 4,291 miles and only two months to do it.

That’s how 20 bicycle riders who live with Type 1 diabetes are spending their summer.

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Colorado

Update from Cheryl!

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

No Name, CO

Update from Ryan!

Giving these mountains a big hug goodbye 🤗 because Colorado has been incredible to us.

Maybe the thin air up here is getting to me, but I’m already missing this beautiful state 🏔🚲🙌

Utah, here we come!

Colorado National Monument

Update from Walt!

Who knew that holes in the ground could be beautiful…

 

Colorado National Monument

Update from Melissa!

Hey, no bike this time  #gotsickofcarryingit #paradise  #colorado  #grandjunction

Update from Silvi!

Oops I did it again…
3 days, 3 mountain passes, 3 diabesties & 12,163ft of elevation.
I *literally* rode my bike over the Rockies!

Update from Melissa!

Today I was reminded again that cycling across America is tough & that I’m way too hard on myself.

After 40km of steady climbing, I fell apart on a 5km switchback climb – ride 500m, pull over, sob hysterically, repeat. Altitude may have been taking its toll too, as I was not feeling well.

And what did I learn about myself… that determination isn’t always pretty, and it doesn’t hurt to be your own biggest fan sometimes.

Props to Silvi & Abbey for sticking with me during my meltdown 😘 #diabesties

*this pic was taken about 2km into my meltdown… that’s right, less than half way up the climb!

Day 50

Update from Amanda

This is me at the top of a mountain sobbing from joy and strength and exhaustion. Those trees are the highest point on the mountain! I am standing with them at the tippy top! And I rode my bike all the way there! // then we passed through the summit and biked straight down. FYI, biking down a mountain is the same as flying. 🚵🏽‍♀️🚵🏽‍♀️🚵🏽‍♀️

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

Frisco, CO

Update from Meagan!

This is the happiest I’ve felt since January. today we rode up to Vail Pass and the descent made me cry it was so beautiful and terrifying and I swear qui was flying down the mountain with me.

Biking across the U.S. with my team has made me fall in love with being alive again and i am so, so grateful for that. Only 3 weeks left until we reach San Francisco, but I never want to leave these people!!

Vail, CO

Update from Cheryl!

All the smiles ❤️

Loveland Pass, CO

Update from Ryan!

After riding up our first Colorado mountain pass, the first thing we decided to do was hike to the *actual* top of the mountain with our bikes. The opportunity was too good to “pass” up ✌️😅  Jesse and Elliot, you guys are insane!

Update from Melissa!

 

“Wishing you strong legs only. Your spirit and heart are already strong”. Crushed the Rockies with these two rockstars today!

#whendadalwaysknowswhattosay #topoftheworld #almost #bikebeyond #livebeyond @beyondtype1daily @beyondtype1 #iamspecialized #iamspecialized_wmn #whatsworthit #cycling 

Update from Helen!

Today, the team starts to climb the Rockies in Colorado!

The highest point on today’s ride, we’re at the bottom of the trail map…. We will be climbing a lot in not very many miles. So so so so EXCITED to be biking today, yesterday was incredible and today is too. I LOVE COLORADO.

BEST DAY EVER! An incredible ride with a great team, thanks Perri and Matt. We reached Loveland Pass, 11990ft, and it feels so good! Cresting the Rockies was what I was looking for and by Jove it didn’t disappoint!

Rocky Mountains

Update from Meagan!

All of the low blood sugars were worth it for this high!

Update from Matt!

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

Update from Mel!

I am actually riding the Rockies!

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

Boulder, CO

Update from Ryan!

How will I fare against the notorious Rocky Mountains? That remains to be seen, but at least we know I can hold my bike over my head with one hand 👍

Days 43-46 in Colorado!

Update from Amanda!

Hello mountains, kombucha, leg days, lake days, new #t1d friends, mountain biking lessons, and craft beer. Welcome to the west.

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!

Boulder, CO

Update from Matt!

Boulder, CO

Update from Meagan!

powered by insulin pumps & finger pricks!

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

Update from Cheryl!

Boulder Rest Day!

Update from Silvi!

The best part of having sportstagid as a sponsor is they’ll let you write anything you want on your bracelet…even blatant lies!

Boulder, CO

Update from Silvi!

Bike Beyond hits the Lake!

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!!!

Boulder, Colorado

Update from Silvi!

Rolling into Boulder today, made it to the top of the climbs but then missed out on the descent thanks to a flat that refused to be fixed #bikebeyond#livebeyond #diabadass #itsokthereisbeerhere #themountainsarecalling#colourulcolorado #iamspecialized #iamspecializedwmn #dexcom

Boulder, CO

Update from Helen!

At a scenic point between Denver and Boulder. Enjoying the view of the mountains and admiring the amazing looking bike path that runs alongside the interstate. Me and Perri (and Jerry) are in the lunch van today , it’s only 32 miles for the riders though so it’s a very short day. Trying to mentally prepare for the mountains coming up, slow is my approach, and to take each climb as if it will never end.

Denver, CO.

Update from Helen!

Jerry the bear is feeling tired and wanting to sleep, only he ate a big chocolate ice cream (which was delish) and has to change his pump site because he’ll run out of insulin over night if not. Ooh no wait, that’s me (Jerry does have his own pump site though to use with the app 🙂)

I may be 30 but I’m very very excited to have Jerry join me for the last part of Bike Beyond. His leg may be broken but he will be fixed and he will be managing his diabetes whilst doing awesome things.

Also Denver is Ace! The mountains are so close 😀😀

Update from Melissa!

Here’s to doing all the things that I never dreamed I’d be brave enough to try #fireintheheart

#bikelife #cycling #colorado #sisu #dreambig #doingthethingsthatscareyou