ABOVE: Cyclists Riccardo Rocchi (left) and Chiara Ricciardi prepare
to set off. Above: Two's company. Below: Chiara at the ready. She says
she does not want to defeat diabetes but she does want to show
that it can be a fellow traveller.
Rocchi, a professional photographer,
explained why they have decided to
embark on such a long journey on bikes
saying, "Bicycles are slow means of
transport that allow and oblige you to
see everything that is on your way, not
just to jump from one highlight to another,
missing the authenticity of the region.
Also, the bike means daily physical
exercise, therefore a healthy lifestyle.
Chiara does not intend to defeat diabetes
but she does want to show that it can be
a fellow traveller in every pedal stroke from
Cesena to Singapore."
Tackling some of the toughest
terrains, often via routes in remote
regions in extreme weather conditions,
means Ricciardi has to have her essential
diabetes medication and equipment on
board her bike throughout the entire epic
journey and ensuring it remains at the
right temperature is critical.
To maintain temperature stability for her
vital diabetic drugs, UK-based Pelican
BioThermal has supplied its Credo
ProMed, a robust, temperature-controlled
portable medical transport bag designed
for emergency first responders and
medical couriers to ensure protected
pharmaceuticals remain intact.
During their cycling trek Ricciardi and
Rocchi hope to inspire people living with
diabetes and debunk some of the myths
related to the condition saying, "While
on the road, we would like to emphasise
the message that a healthy lifestyle and
careful therapy can let anyone living with
diabetes lead a life full of ambitions."
You can follow the pair's progress on
their website (see link, right).