I'm lucky enough to have amazing people that are able to assist me in helping interview a Mavic Haute Rockies rider. Jimmy Bees a forty-seven year old living with type one diabetes has been riding the route and was nice enough to answer a few questions for my blog. Jimmy is riding for the Team Type 1 Foundation and is an inspiration to myself and anyone living with diabetes. With only two days remaining I wish Jimmy and each and every rider of the Haute Route Rockies the best of luck, from social media and reports the Rockies event is extremley difficult and could be the toughest ride that Haute Route has to offer!!
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago, and through that, I became loosely affiliated with the Team Type 1 Foundation through the Haute Route events. Additionally, I’ve followed Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, and known about the good work of Phil Southerland and the Team Type 1 Foundation. They are all doing a great job to raise awareness for the disease and help people around the world.
With my condition and my ability to combat diabetes through exercise and by having access to health care, I felt it was proper for me to give back in some way. I chose the Haute Route because of its fundraising aspect [the Team Type 1 Foundation has served as the official charity of the Haute Route for the past four years.] I’m also riding to raise awareness for diabetes.
Riding in the Rockies for a week is a huge accomplishment where does this event rank for you as a cyclist?
It is definitely one of the harder things that I’ve done. I’ve done a previous Haute Route event, but the altitude here is very challenging. It is providing to be difficult to recover from.
It is definitely one of my top two hardest challenges of my life. At the Haute Route Alps, there were much harder climbs but much, much lower elevation, which made it easier overall. As of now, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies is in close competition for the hardest thing I’ve done. Wait until the end, and I might say it is the hardest.
For anyone looking into riding the 2018 haute route Colorado what is one tip you would give to them
Elevation, elevation, and miles. There is no getting around 8,000 feet of climbing and lots of miles in the legs. These are the most important things to focus on so you can recover from day-to-day.