A team of three are riding for twelve weeks to prove that type 1 diabetes has no limitations.

Each year, Erik pushes the limits of this disease by going on a trip that is bigger and bolder than before.

In 2016, he trained from a 5K to a full marathon, jumped in the Hudson River for a triathlon, backpacked New Zealand.

Now, 2017 starts with 4,500 miles.

Days on the Trail:

Started: May 24th, 2017

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Erik Douds is an endurance athlete and travel leader with type 1 diabetes. His diagnosis at the age of 16 taught him that nothing in life should be taken for granted. He works alongside organizations such as JDRF and Diabetes Sports Project on topics of health and wellness.

Erik Douds is an endurance athlete and travel leader with type 1 diabetes. His diagnosis at the age of 16 taught him that nothing in life should be taken for granted.

He works alongside organizations such as JDRF and Diabetes Sports Project on topics of health and wellness.

Annalisa Van Den Bergh is no novice to life on two pedals. She returns to the Transamerica Trail to complete the loop she started in her teenage years from San Francisco. Along the way, she is capturing the photos of everyone she meets.

Annalisa Van Den Bergh is no novice to life on two pedals. She returns to the Transamerica Trail to complete the loop she started in her teenage years from San Francisco.

Along the way, she is capturing the photos of everyone she meets.

Taylor Gordan joins the team from New Orleans as a medical student. She may not 100% know it, but Taylor is about to become an expert in wilderness medicine for type 1 diabetic patients. She promises to bring the team to at least one wedding while on the trail.

Taylor Gordan joins the team from New Orleans as a medical student. She may not 100% know it, but Taylor is about to become an expert in wilderness medicine for type 1 diabetic patients.

She promises to bring the team to at least one wedding while on the trail.


[Erik is] someone that inspired me to push my goals even further, and never to be complacent with where I was in life.
— James Sanchez
 

 

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Short Bio

Erik Douds is an endurance athlete and global travel leader who lives with type 1 diabetes since the age of 16.

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Trip Overview

Start: Yorktown, VA
Finish: Vancouver Island, BC
Date: May 22nd - August 11th, 2017
Why? Proving that people with any disease can achieve anything by coming together.
Key Statistics

  • 4,523 Miles / 7,279 Km
  • ~60 miles per day
  • 5,200 calories burned per day
  • 500+ carbohydrates consumed each day
  • 810 blood sugar tests per rider with type 1 diabetes
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