Scott Petrin started riding a bicycle a few years ago.
"I was just about 270 pounds when I started riding," he said.
And he had diabetes.
"Four miles was the furthest I could go," Petrin said.
Now down more than 40 pounds, cycling 100 miles is nothing to him.
"It's helped me with my fight with diabetes. My insulin's been lowered drastically. I don't have to take any more cardiac medications," he said.
Then there's Ryan Noonan. He calls himself the diabetic cyclist.
Noonan was diagnosed with diabetes as a child. But when he grew older he was going out a lot.
"I was partying, not taking care of myself," Noonan said.
At 230 pounds and in poor health, he also took up cycling.
"Cycling keeps down the amount of insulin I'm taking daily. It keeps me in good shape," he said.
Noonan has lost more than 70 pounds. Noonan, Petrin and hundreds of others, are gearing up for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure cycling event in June.
"The Tour de Cure is great. When I started riding four years ago it was more about riding the bike and proving to myself as a diabetic that I can do it. When I got to the tour I did not expect the amount of diabetics that I saw and seeing the wide range of ages, seeing children 5 years old riding for diabetes, riding with diabetes. It's just amazing to see," Petrin said.
Event sponsor UnitedHealthcare has a team. John Schorum is riding for a cause.
"It isn't a race. It's a ride and we're encouraging people to come out and ride. Distances are from seven miles to 100 miles," he said.
The Tour De Cure will be held on June 2, and starts at Narragansett High School.
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