Pro cycling team with type 1 diabetes saddle up for UK race – and invite others to come meet them

Posted on 03 September 2014

This weekend Team Novo Nordisk – a global professional cycling team – will be competing on British roads for the first time ever. All members of the team live with type 1 diabetes and are inviting the public to come and support them.news_teamnovo

Racing in the Tour of Britain, the team manage their condition while training and competing in one of the world’s toughest endurance sports. Their aim is to inspire, educate and empower others that also live with type 1 diabetes.

Racing through nine stages across the country, Team Novo Nordisk will set off from Liverpool this Sunday and will finish in London on 14 September. Details of the race stages can be found here.

Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of Team Novo Nordisk said: ‘When diagnosed with diabetes, many people think it means they won’t be able to live life the way they’d hoped. Team Novo Nordisk is racing to inspire people with diabetes to set and achieve their goals, whatever they may be, and show that the first step towards this is good diabetes control.’

Elizabeth Isle, Challenge Events Fundraiser at JDRF, said: ‘Team Novo Nordisk is an example of how having type 1 diabetes does not have to stop you achieving great things. Only recently did an elite cyclist with the condition win the RideLondon cycle event for JDRF.’

Team Novo Nordisk will be available for photos and autographs on the first and final day of the race. They will be available from 1 to 2pm at The Strand, Liverpool, L3 1HU on 7 September or from 9 to 10am atWhitehall, London, SW1A 2ER on 14 September. To find the Team Novo Nordisk bus look for signs that say TEAM or ask where the team parking is.

JDRF’s cycle challenges are a great way to raise awareness and funds to support type 1 diabetes research. See our website for the plenty of events that you can get involved with.