Type 1 Diabetic Injects Herself with Insulin on the Cover of the Largest Bike Travel Magazine

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“This is how we make our invisible disease visible.”

—Annalisa van den Bergh


Press Release

For immediate release – By sharing this, you help us celebrate people living with disabilities and send the message that more them ought to be featured in mainstream media.

New York, NY, March 4th, 2019 – Miles of Portraits revealed Monday that The Ups and Downs of Touring with Type 1 will be the cover story of Adventure Cyclist Magazine’s April 2019 issue. The essay by Annalisa van den Bergh with photography by Erik Douds and Annalisa tells the story of their 1,000-mile bicycle trip around Alaska through the lens of the Dexcom blood sugar graphs they both use to manage their type 1 diabetes (T1D).

A first of its kind, the cover photo is a bold and stigma-breaking choice. To have a person with a disability injecting herself with insulin on the cover of a magazine with 52,000 subscribers and 100,000+ readers per issue sends a powerful message. It celebrates those living with disabilities and underlines the sentiment that, as Erik says, despite our limitations, we can go anywhere and do anything.

We meet so many people on the road because of this little patch on our arms that relays blood sugar readings every five minutes. It becomes a conversation starter and an educational tool.
–Erik Douds

1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes yet it’s still largely misunderstood. Through these blood sugar graphs that guide the reader through the feature article, Annalisa shares anecdotes from the road. The piece also acts as an educational tool, illustrating to the reader what it’s like to live with this chronic condition that in short, requires one to do all the work for their non-functioning pancreas.


How to get the April 2019 Issue

All members of Adventure Cycling receive Adventure Cyclist Magazine in the mail and have access to digital PDFs of the magazine online. Become a member ($45/year) by March 10th to receive this April issue that features the article, The Ups and Downs of Touring with Type 1.

Promote this link: adventurecycling.org/membership/join/

A free PDF of the article will be available as an educational tool on adventurecycling.org in the coming weeks.

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The #ThankYouACA Blue Heart 💙 Campaign

Our community is on the cover of a bike travel magazine taking a shot of insulin. Let’s show that more people with disabilities should be highlighted.

  1. How does it make you feel to see a T1D on the cover of this magazine?

  2. Where would you go with the inspiration and tools of an Adventure Cycling membership?

  3. Share your thoughts in a post, include #ThankYouACA, and tag @adventurecycling.

  4. Then head over to @adventurecycling and leave a blue heart 💙 on any post.


Miles of Portraits

Annalisa and Erik are friends who met in a NYC-based type 1 diabetes Meetup group. On their bicycle ride across America in 2017, Annalisa took pictures of the people she met along the way in a series called Miles of Portraits.

Following the trip, the two teamed up to take the series around the world. Featured in The Washington Post, Mic, and The Daily Beast, Miles of Portraits is a magazine and film that tells the story of Annalisa and Erik’s bike travels through the people they meet. While the magazine focuses on the kind souls they come across, the film features their own journey and what it’s like to manage type 1 diabetes on the road.

Watch the film, buy the magazine, and see the portraits: milesofportraits.com


Meet Annalisa and Erik in person this spring

Starting in mid-March, they'll cycle from Los Angeles to Santa Fe, NM, stopping at REIs along the way to tell their story. Come watch the film and hear Annalisa and Erik talk about their deeper reasons for riding their bicycles really, really far.

Register: rei.com/events/91304/miles-of-portraits-how-the-bicycle-brings-people-together
Easy link: milesofportraits.com/events



Contact and Credits

Annalisa van den Bergh: (646) 320-4670, annalisavdbergh@gmail.com
Learn more about Annalisa and her visual storytelling studio: workfrombike.com

Erik Douds: (201) 919-7044, erikdouds@gmail.com
Learn more about Erik, his diabetes advocacy, and filmmaking: diabadass.com

The Adventure Cycling Association: adventurecycling.org
Editor-in-Chief: Alex Strickland
Lead Designer: Ally Mabry