Tony, a 42 year-old type 1 diabetic, leaves everything behind to attempt the longest, most dangerous mountain bike trail on the planet.
This documentary has the potential to advance our collective understanding of diabetes and ultimately push us closer to a cure. If you are living with diabetes or love someone who is, or if you feel moved by Tony's story, please donate. If you cannot donate, please forward a link to this page to friends who may be interested in supporting our endeavor. We are humbly grateful in advance for your support.
A TAPROOT FILMS DOCUMENTARY -- ABOUT THE FILM
Tony Cervati -- known in the diabetes and cycling worlds as "Type 1 Rider" -- is a 42 year-old man with Type 1 diabetes. In June, he will leave everything behind to bike the longest, most dangerous, unsanctioned mountain bike trail on the planet.
After three years of training he will ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to the Mexico border. This route is roughly 2800 miles long. He will ride through extreme conditions -- grizzly country, ice, wind, snow, desert and more than 200,000ft of elevation gain (roughly the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest seven times). For thirty days, he will be alone without any support from the outside world. Should something go wrong, he will have only one way to communicate for help: a satellite SOS device. Even then, if Tony is in an extremely remote stretch of the ride, it could take medical teams up to 24 hours to get to him.
Tony's insulin dependency creates mind-numbing logistical hurdles. His insulin pump is not FDA approved over 10,000 ft. His body's ability to use and process insulin will change throughout the race in ways that are somewhat unpredictable. Potential hypoglycemic lows pose the most serious risk. Tony knows he is facing life-threatening challenges, but he will stop at nothing -- even if it means putting his own life at risk -- to prove that a life with diabetes can be lived without limitations. Completing this ride is his life mission.
TONY WILL MAKE DIABETES HISTORY
No one with type 1 diabetes has ever attempted such a dangerous ride. In fact, if Tony makes it to the Mexico border, he will break a world record by 2300 miles. This is a story about the extreme outer limits of physical strength, emotional endurance, commitment and human potential -- one man versus himself in the great outdoors. This is a story that must be told.
$50K HELPS TONY SHARE HIS STORY.
The Taproot Films crew has already documented Tony's daily struggles with diabetes, his extensive race preparations, training rides, doctor appointments, interviews with medical and mental health professionals, the raddest bike build ever, and so much more. Producers Kristin and Michael have put everything aside to focus on this film. The entire crew is at a critical crossroads.
We need $50K to get our crew and cameras alongside Tony for the duration of this historic journey.
$50K PAYS FOR:
- An RV for the crew. We will live in this RV for the duration of Tony's trip. The RV will also serve as the mobile editing and production studio, as well as a safe storage unit for all of our gear. This is significantly cheaper than driving the route and paying for hotel rooms each night. It is also significantly cheaper than flying back and forth from NC during the race.
- Flight travel from North Carolina -- where we live -- to Canada. RV gas, food and parking for the trip from Canada to Mexico, and flights back home.
- Special equipment rentals and purchases, including small cameras that attach to Tony bike and helmet, hard drives, lights, weather-resistant gear for cameras, etc. This is a logistically-complex production which increases expenses significantly.
- Location fees.
Any penny over $50K goes directly toward editing and post-production expenses. We need professional color correction, pro sound mix and design, etc. We have set our Kickstarter goal lower than the budget we actually need in hopes of surpassing it.
A QUOTE FROM TONY
"All of us with diabetes face challenges, fears and complex, life-altering situations every day. We know this, accept it and do the best we can. My dream and vision is to use this race and the film to intimately document these struggles while proving that diabetes can indeed be conquered." -- TONY CERVATI
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The Type 1 Rider film crew / Taproot Films
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