[quote user="kcbscrapper"]ONE is figuring out how biking is going to affect his diabetes needs[/quote]
I have done the Ride to Cure five times - four times in Death Valley and once in Killington, VT. I FINALLY finished the entire 105 miles in Death Valley last year (4th time the charm? :-). It does take some effort in figuring out what works and what doesn't as far as diabetes care when riding, especially long distances. Oh, and I have had type 1 for 33 years.
What works for me (and you'll both need to figure out what works for him):
- 30 minutes before starting a ride, I put my basal rate at 30% (so I'm getting 30% of what I normally get or -70%).
- After two hours of riding, I will need carbs - at least 30grms/hour. They make Gu packs that work well, and Gatorade works well too. I always have one bottle of water and one bottle of Gatorade on my bike. I also cannot exist on technical food - pb&j works wonders for me.
- If I'm riding less than 2 hours, I don't make any adjustments to basal - just eat the carbs. About an hour before ending the ride, I will put my basal rate back to normal.
Details of what's at a JDRF ride - I've been to two different sites, and they had basically similar things: fruit (oranges and/or bananas), heed (which is like gatorade), but they water it down a lot - so I don't count on this as "carb" source (sometimes they have Gatorade too, but again - watered down pb&j, cookies, some sort of sub sandwich at one of the breakpoints, and other snack type items. I bring my own glucose-tabs (I usually have three or four of the small containers that have 12 tabs in them - two in my back pockets, two in my bike bag). I also bring Trader Joe's fruit strips - usually have six of them stuffed in back pockets and bike bag.
He will definitely want/need meter (if you have any access to a CGM - I HIGHLY recommend it!) and perhaps keep it in plastic bag. I keep my meter in my bike bag. Some people have created contraptions (which include duct tape :-) to keep their meter up on their handle bars so they dont' have to go digging. I use a CGM so I don't use the meter all that much when riding. Checking BG every hour is crucial. I'm guessing if you can do training rides every week or two, he'll be able to figure out what works and what doesn't for him so that Ride day is just another ride and all the guess work will be gone.
Which site are you going to? I'll be in Death Valley again this year (it's a love/hate relationship I have with the valley).