Our Chief Minion will tell you that the real reason we’re riding is that we have an aversion to the finest offerings of Airbus and Boeing and that we really love carbon fibre and lycra. Joking aside, type 1 diabetes is a serious and life-long autoimmune disease. Most of our Type 1 Challenge 2017 riders either had T1D themselves or had a family member or close friend living with it.
For those of you new to the Type 1 Challenge, it is a ride that was founded in 2017 by Alex Kozeniauskas to raise funds and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by riding over 900kms from Melbourne to the Barossa Valley. Alex is a Melbourne-based engineer and an endurance athlete - he was also diagnosed with T1D in 1996 and has lived with it for over 20 years. Alex's diabetes is both a small and a huge part of who he is: it has never stopped him from living an active life and the challenges that he sets himself stand alone in their impressiveness - cycling, triathlons, Ironmans! - but couple them with managing a chronic disease like T1D and you begin to see how inspiring Alex is to us.
Somehow Alex convinced 14 other riders and a motley gang of support crew to assist him in his endeavour to ride from Melbourne to the Barossa in 2017. What’s more impressive is that we’re doing it again in 2018. So in addition to taking part in OneRide on April 21, we've once again set ourselves the challenge to ride from Melbourne to the Barossa Valley.
For the riders living with T1D, managing their diabetes coupled with the physical exertion of six long days in the saddle is no small feat. They have to:
*Maintain stable BSLs (blood sugar levels)
*Balance eating and insulin doses whilst exercising
*Check their BSLs on the go (we’ve seen Alex do this whilst he is literally cycling on the road!)
That’s only three - the list goes on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our 2017 riders with T1D - Alex, Trevor and David - could just hop on their bikes like the rest of us without having to think through managing the logistics of T1D? We think so.
Help us to help JDRF in their mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
You can donate to your chosen rider via their individual page (see the team members section below).
If you are interested in sponsoring the Type 1 Challenge, please e-mail us at email@example.com and we’ll happily discuss available sponsorship opportunities.