For a Piece of Cake

18.000 km

From Cesena to Singapore on a bike
A slice of cake is an obvious pleasure for many, but an achievement for others: Chiara suffers from type I diabetes, and carbohydrates are an enemy to be defeated through insulin shots and by pushing on pedals. As a matter of fact, exercise is fundamental for people suffering from type I diabetes, since it significantly reduces daily insulin requirement.
Biking has never been a sport, for us, but rather a means of transport, a key to a slow and profound dimension where you are granted the time you need to measure yourself. We like to think of a bicycle as a combination of revolutions: the revolution of pedals and wheels, connecting our feet to the ground without touching it, and connecting our effort with space.
The wheels unrolling on the asphalt leave a trace on the road and one inside us: we will tell you about this trace through images and words.
Riccardo Rocchi
Riccardo Rocchi (Cesena, 1983)
I was born and raised in Via Valdagno, I made wheelies at the playing field in front of my house and looked for grasshoppers in ditches. Today I am 33, and I am a photographer. I studied in Milan, worked in Rome and finished the pages of almost three passports: from Panama to Brunei, through Albania, Cambodia, Venezuela, China, Australia and many more. When I travel, I often happen to read the first page of the notebook where I take my notes, the page where you put your address in case your precious book was lost: “Via Valdagno” always reminds me of what it means to have roots, despite my constant cravings for nomadism. Starting my trip on my bike, getting out of the garage, locking the gate, is a sweet paradox to me: paying tribute, by leaving, to my idea of home.
Chiara Ricciardi
Chiara Ricciardi (Cesena, 1989)
I am Chiara, my pancreas stopped working correctly in 2001, when I was 11: type I diabetes.
To encourage a family that was more scared than I was, I gave myself my first insulin shot.I have covered many kilometers, since then: from university studies in Portugal to Australia, through the waves of Indonesia and the adobe houses of New Mexico, until I got my degree in building engineering in 2015.To celebrate the degree I got in Bologna, I pedaled with Riccardo for 1,600 km, from Trieste, Italy, to Patras, Greece.I like cakes, especially if I have to cycle around the world to eat them.
From paper to the road
along a line
The months before we left we consumed our index finger on the pages of our atlas. With a slow and precise movement we caressed mountains and plains that, one page after the other, made us travel eastwards. The movement of our finger turned from an idea into a red line, both precise and imagined, connecting our hometown, Cesena, with faraway Singapore. Our research, commitment, the support of our partners and of Chiara’s doctors contributed to turning that red line into reality.
Chiara
Bike. Supplied by Ridgeback
Ridgeback Panorama. Details

Parts.
Dynamo hub Shimano DH-3N80 6v 3.0w 36h.
Supplied by Madison.co.uk. Details
Front rack Tubus Tara. 
Supplied by Mountain Experience. Details

Lighting and USB plug.
Front light Supernova E3 Pro 2. Supplied by Supernova. Details
Tail Light Supernova E3. Supplied by Supernova. Details
Plug USB Supernova The Plug III. Supplied by Supernova. Details

Bottles. Supplied by Elite.
Inox Thermal bottle 500ml 12h Deboyo. Details
750ml alluminium bottle Syssa. Details

Bags. Supplied by Mountain Experience
Bags Ortlieb Back Roller classic. Details
Bags Ortlieb Sport Roller classic. Details
Bag Ortlieb Ultimate 6M classic. Details

Clothing. Supplied by Madison
SPORTIVE WOMEN’S LOW SOCK TWIN PACK. Details
SPORTIVE WOMEN’S SHORTS. Details
LEIA WOMEN’S SHORTS. Details
ISOLER MESH WOMEN’S SLEEVELESS BASELAYER. Details
SPORTIVE WOMEN’S SLEEVELESS JERSEY. Details
ZENA WOMEN’S SHORT SLEEVED JERSEY. Details
LEIA WOMEN’S SLEEVELESS JERSEY. Details
ALPINE MEN’S TECH TEE. Details
ISOLER MERINO WOMEN’S LONG SLEEVE BASELAYER. Details
SPORTIVE WOMEN’S LONG SLEEVE THERMAL ROUBAIX JERSEY. Details
FLUX SUPER LIGHT WOMEN’S SOFTSHELL JACKET. Details
ROAD RACE MEN’S WINDPROOF SHELL GILET. Details

Glasses. Supplied by Madison
MISSION GLASSES SINGLE LENS. Details

Helmet. Supplied by Lazer
Z1 Flash matt black. Details

Action cam. Supplied by Athena.
GoPro Hero 4 Silver. Details

Uniform printing
Technical clothing printed at La Tshirteria, Cesena. Details
Riccardo
Bike. Supplied by Ridgeback
Ridgeback Panorama. Details

Parts.
Dynamo hub Shimano DH-3N80 6v 3.0w 36h.
Supplied by Madison.co.uk. Details

Lighting and USB plug.
Front light Supernova E3 Pro 2. Supplied by Supernova. Details
Tail Light Supernova E3. Supplied by Supernova. Details
Plug USB Supernova The Plug III. Supplied by Supernova. Details

Bottles. Supplied by Elite.
Inox Thermal bottle 500ml 12h Deboyo. Details
750ml alluminium bottle Syssa. Details

Bags. Supplied by Mountain Experience
Bags Ortlieb Back Roller classic. Details
Bags Ortlieb Sport Roller classic. Details
Bag Ortlieb Ultimate 6M classic. Details
Bag Ortlieb Rack Pack M. Details
Map case for Ultimate 6. Details
Padded camera insert for Ultimate 6. Details

Clothing. Supplied by Madison
SPORTIVE MEN’S LOW SOCK TWIN PACK. Details
ISOLER MESH MEN’S SLEEVELESS BASELAYER. Details
ISOLER MERINO MEN’S ZIP-NECK BASELAYER. Details
SPORTIVE MEN’S SHORTS. Details
TRAIL MEN’S SHORTS. Details
ROAM MEN’S TECH TEE. Details
ALPINE MEN’S TECH TEE. Details
ROAM MEN’S SHORT SLEEVED JERSEY. Details
ZENITH MEN’S SHORT SLEEVED JERSEY. Details
ROAD RACE MEN’S WINDTECH SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY. Details
ZENITH MEN’S LONG SLEEVED THERMAL JERSEY. Details
ROAD RACE MEN’S WINDPROOF SHELL GILET. Details
FLUX SUPER LIGHT MEN’S SOFTSHELL JACKET. Details

Glasses. Supplied by Madison
MISSION GLASSES SINGLE LENS. Details

Helmet. Supplied by Lazer
O2 matt black. Details

Action cam. Supplied by Athena.
GoPro Hero 4 Silver. Details

Uniform printing
Technical clothing printed at La Tshirteria, Cesena. Details
Outdoor
Camping Equipment. Supplied by Mountain Experience
Tent Ferrino Phantom 3. Details
Stove MSR Whisperlite Universal. Details
Cookin pot Sea to Summit XPot 2,8 l. Details
Plates Sea to Summit XBowl. Details
Lifesystem Chlorine tablet.
Chiara. Supplied by Mountain Experience.
Sleeping bag Ferrino Nightec 300. Details
Air matress Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker. Details
Front lamp Black Diamond Spot. Details
Shoes The North Face Ultra Fastpack II donna. Details
Ferrino X-Lite towel. Details
Montura Outdoor Holiday Polo. Mountain Experience
Montura Confort Hoody. Mountain Experience
Salewa Short Pant Travel DO V Magnet. Mountain Experience

Riccardo. Supplied by Mountain Experience.
Sleepin bag FerrinoLightec SM 850. Details
Air matress Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker. Details
Teva Terra-Fi Sandals. Details
Front lamp Black Diamond Spot. Details
Shoes Aku Mio Surround GTX. Details
Wild Country Work Hoodie WBrick. Mountain Experience
Wild Country T-shirt Friend 3. Mountain Experience
Montura short pant Stretch 3 Bermuda. Mountain Experience
Medical
Thermal storage insulin
CRĒDO PROMED™ SERIES 4 472. Supplied by PeliBiothermal. Details
Frio Large. Supplied by Frio Italia. Details
Frio Pump. Supplied by Frio Italia. Details
Tools for diabetes care
Insulin Pump Medtronic Minimed 640G.
Sensor Medtronic Enlite.
Glucometer Bayer Contour Next Link 2.4. Details
Glucose test strips Contour Next. Details
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