Ryan DeWald's career has already taken him from Reading, Pennsylvania to around the world before the age of 25 old. He started racing mountain bikes professionally across the United States in the late 1990s. In 2002, he jumped over to road racing and onto the international circuit with the U.S. National Team, racing all over Europe.
In 2003, he gained a contract with Sportsbook.com’s professional cycling team and competed with some of the best riders in the most difficult bicycle races in the world. Soon after he rode the wave of professional cycling to the top ranked teams in America, including Rite Aid and Battley Harley-Davidson Presented by Cisco Systems.
At the end of the 2013, after founding Team Skyline and racing a long season as a one-man team, he started to fatigue. Ryan's life was forever changed when I was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), also known as late onset type 1 diabetes. He was racing, undiagnosed, from the end of the 2013 season to the beginning of the 2014 season, lacking my usual power. He went on a winning spree once insulin was introduced into his body and began to get healthy again.
One week after being released from the hospital, Ryan was on the podium with an Olympian. He now tries to inspire rivals and upcoming professional cyclists with his ability to compete and win races with type 1 diabetes, as well as those with any disability. Through his success as a cyclist and diabetic, he will continue Winning the Race with Diabetes and his professional Team Skyline.
Team Skyline is not your average PRO team – they are something different. It’s easy to pick riders who can win races and their athletes have. But what makes Team Skyline different is the commitment to educating the world on diabetes prevention and clean sport. They strive to show what’s possible and do it with style by competing around the world and while promoting and sharing their shared knowledge, inspiration, and values.
Team Skyline is the professional athletic arm of a foundation their team captain started in 2016, Winning The Race With Diabetes. WTRWD is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to inspire, educate, and support adults, children, and those children’s parents who have been diagnosed and are living with type 1 diabetes.
The mission as a non profit is to inspire, teach, and demonstrate how to fully manage T1D, thereby reducing its long-term health risks through a highly active and athletically competitive lifestyle. This mission will be carried out by conducting seminars and events to train people of all ages with T1D to overcome the disease’s tendency to inhibit athletic activities that ultimately exacerbate its adverse health effects.
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