Changing Diabetes Around the World
13 October 2018
Team Novo Nordisk exists to show the world that living with diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from being incredible.
We use cycling as a platform because it’s one of the toughest endurance sports in the world, and one that competes globally.
We’re an international group of 16 riders from 10 countries. Because diabetes is a global family.
Last year I raced in Azerbaijan, in Taiwan, in the Emirates, in Estonia. It’s a huge experience for me.
In my first year as a pro I got to race at the GP de Saguenay and the Tour de Beauce. I think Europeans typically don’t tend to think of North America as the home of cycling, but I think especially in that first stage of Saguenay when you start looking a 300-ft wall you get that it’s going to be a tough day.
The regular spectators…I think 50% of them had some Novo Nordisk branded material. We felt like the most supported team in the peloton and its super special, extra motivation. Makes you want to succeed that little bit more, you know?
Racing in Japan Cup was special because it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. The crowds in Japan are amazing. There are so many people there, 5 deep on the whole course. I think someone told me there was around 80,000 people there for the race, so the crowd support is unbelievable.
As I got the call-up for stagiaire to the Pro Team, the Elite Championships were being held on the Isle of Man. It was great to be able to race against the biggest riders in Great Britain on home roads. I did the time trial, which started 2-3 miles from my house. And then the race followed the famous TT course.
Looking back the day went fantastic, that last stage in Colorado.I had an objective to get in the breakaway. My attitude heading into the stage was that it didn’t matter what happened, it didn’t matter what scenario was thrown at me.