“Biking across the country is literally the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. Why would you do that?”

Hard to believe the man who said those words, is the man behind the idea that became Bike Beyond. But yes, Walt Drennan had the idea that led to that incredible event. In the summer of 2017, 20 people with type 1 diabetes cycled from New York to California.

Walt explained his comment to me on Diabetes Connections when I interviewed him and Beyond Type 1’s Sarah Lucas two years ago as they kicked off Bike Beyond. Now that the amazing documentary about this cross country ride is streaming on YouTube I thought it would be fun to take you back to how it began.

Click below to listen, or head on over to this link. I interviewed almost every biker that summer and followed them to the finish line!

(The player below is set to start at 13:17 as that’s when the Bike Beyond stuff begins. You can certainly back up the player if you prefer)

Here’s the documentary, newly screening on YouTube. Credit to filmmaker Neil Greathouse for his incredible work.