Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk Podcast

As the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, Team Novo Nordisk show what is possible with diabetes. This podcast shares research and education into what it's like to compete at the highest level of professional sport while living with diabetes.

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Episode 10

"One of my biggest goals is to represent my country at the Olympic Games. Not only would it be the pinnacle of my athlete career, but also an incredible platform to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes."

In this interview, Mandy talks about her dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games and living with type 1 diabetes.

Episode 9

Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland recently ran the London Marathon. As someone living with type 1 diabetes, Phil was highly focused on his glucose leading up to the race as well as during the run. In this episode, Phil explains how he adapted when things didn't go according to plan and what he would do differently if he could go back in time.

Episode 8

David Lozano was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child and his father encouraged him to play sports to burn off excess energy. By the age of 8, he was competing in mountain biking races and went on to dominate the Spanish circuit throughout his teens. The Catalan turned professional at 18 with the Spanish team, MSC Bikes, and was considered the best mountain biker in Spain when he began to lose vision in his right eye. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and Lozano hoped to continue mountain biking. But after he informed his team manager of the diagnosis, the team immediately broke his contract.

Episode 7

After five years of racing with the Team Novo Nordisk development team, Logan Phippen made the step up to the pro team in 2021, realizing a long-held dream and becoming the team’s only US pro rider. Valuable experience racing against WorldTour opponents gained at races like the Tour of Turkey, Baloise Tour of Belgium and the Tour du Limousin stood Phippen in good stead over the last two seasons and the American is looking for more of the same in 2023.

Episode 6

Becky Furuta was pregnant with her second child and racing her bike for a domestic elite team based out of Boulder, Colorado when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The then 28-year-old’s family has a history of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, so when Furuta first experienced the symptoms of the condition, she called her doctor and requested an early screening for gestational diabetes. Her midwife performed a routine glucose tolerance test. The results sent her straight to the emergency room.

Episode 5

In this episode, Charles Planet talks about what he calls the lowest moment of his life so far. After COVID-19 hampered his performance last year, this season as he was gaining full fitness, he was involved in an accident while out training. His injuries were serious. Charles talks about how it affected him mentally and what he is doing to overcome it.

Bonus Episode

Go behind the scenes at the recent Team Novo Nordisk training camp in Italy. The camp was a mix of long days on the bike, including high-intensity training and lactate testing. In this episode, the athletes give unique insight into their daily schedules and the medical team talks about preparation and diabetes management at this summer training camp.

Episode 4

2021 marked New Zealander Hamish Beadle’s first full professional season after coming through the ranks of the Team Novo Nordisk development pipeline from junior to devo team and finally the pro’s. In this episode, Hamish talks about leaving the comfort of home as a teenager to join the Team Novo Nordisk Talent ID program in America and the other sacrifices he's made to become a professional cyclist.

Episode 3

We sit down with Sam Brand to find out what it was like getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on World Diabetes Day. In this episode, Sam talks about how it affected the sports he played growing up and the journey that ultimately led to him becoming a professional cyclist.

Episode 2

Phil Southerland is a global ambassador for diabetes and is committed to educating and empowering the 1.2 billion people across the globe associated with the condition. He serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team. In this episode, Phil talks about how his childhood shaped his dreams, how Team Novo Nordisk came to exist and what his future plans are to make the world healthier.

Episode 1

In March this year Team Novo Nordisk once again lined up in Milan San Remo. At 300 kilometers, it's the longest Classic in cycling. In this episode, TNN professional Umberto Poli shares about lining up in the Italian Classic and what's it's like in the peloton. Performance Kristina Skroce gets interviewed at the pre-MSR training camp giving us insight into what the riders go through in preparing for the race.