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Setting the Record Straight: World Diabetes Day 2016

31 October 2016

When diagnosed with diabetes, many people are told that participating in endurance sport isn’t a good idea. But our team is living proof that’s just a myth.

Below the Team Novo Nordisk Pro riders share how they’re “setting the record straight” for World Diabetes Day!

Help Team Novo Nordisk “set the record straight” on living and racing with diabetes for World Diabetes Day!


How are you setting the record straight on living and racing with diabetes?

Andrea Peron | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Andrea Peron

My diabetes doesn’t stop me from chasing my dreams. So when I’m riding, I don’t see myself as a bike racer with diabetes, just a bike racer.


Brian Kamstra | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Brian Kamstra

I race to show that people with diabetes can compete with the best and that we shouldn’t be treated differently.


Charles Planet | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Charles Planet

Diabetes is just one of the obstacles that life has put in front of me. So I do my best to manage it, stay healthy and overcome the challenges that come my way.


Chris Williams | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Chris Williams

Many people told me diabetes would be the end of my bike racing career. They never would have believed one day I would race 300km against the world’s best riders and cross the finish line at Milan-San Remo.


Corentin Cherhal | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Corentin Cherhal

I feel my diabetes gives me a strength that only I can understand! I want other cyclists to see me as a competitor, not a rider with diabetes.


David Lozano | Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016David Lozano

I race to inspire others with diabetes and to show that people with diabetes can compete at the highest level, in one of the hardest sports in the world.


Gerd de Keijzer Team Novo Nordisk | World Diabetes Day 2016Gerd de Keijzer

As a pro bike racer, I show people what it’s really like to be racing with diabetes. Whether it’s talking about what we eat or what we can or can’t do, I’m always happy to set the record straight.


James Glasspool | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayJames Glasspool

As part of the Australian National Team in 2012, I learned that as long as I managed my diabetes, I could be as good or even better than the guys I was racing against. Now, I race to show others that diabetes doesn’t have to be an obstacle.


Javier Megias | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayJavier Megias

When I was diagnosed with diabetes, many people doubted I’d be able to keep racing my bike. Since then, I finished a Grand Tour, one of the most prestigious and challenging events in cycling.


Joonas Henttala | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayJoonas Henttala

Diabetes is part of who I am and it never prevents me from pursuing what I love. I race to inspire others to pursue what they love.


Kevin de Mesmaeker | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayKevin De Mesmaeker

As a pro cycling team, we encounter a lot of misconceptions about living and racing with diabetes and I’m always eager to set the record straight.


Martijn Verschoor | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayMartijn Verschoor

There are many challenges that come with living with diabetes and I’ve worked hard to learn how to manage my diabetes as a pro cyclist. Now I want to share my experience with others who face similar challenges.


Mehdi Benhamouda | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayMehdi Benhamouda

When I was 12, a cycling team rejected me because I had diabetes. Now I race against the best in the world with Team Novo Nordisk and I’m able to inspire others to strive for their full potential!


Nicolas Lefrancois | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayNicolas Lefrançois

A rider on my first cycling team told me I couldn’t race a bike with diabetes. Today, I race to show the world I can ride faster and farther with diabetes.


Quentin Valognes | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayQuentin Valognes

Living with diabetes has never been a reason for me to give up on my dreams. Whatever the challenge, I look for a solution, remain confident and try to find a way. Now I compete with the best to inspire others not to give up.


Rik van IJzendoorn | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayRik van IJzendoorn

Racing with Team Novo Nordisk has taught me how to manage my diabetes as a pro racer. I hope to use this experience to inspire others affected by diabetes.


Ruud Cremers Nicolas Lefrancois | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayRuud Cremers

People told me I couldn’t do endurance sports with diabetes. With discipline and determination, I achieved my dream of becoming a pro cyclist and now I’m showing others what’s possible with diabetes.


Stephen Clancy Ruud Cremers Nicolas Lefrancois | Team Novo Nordisk | 2016 World Diabetes DayStephen Clancy

When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was told I couldn’t do more than a mile on the bike. Then I remembered watching Team Novo Nordisk on TV and thought, “If these guys can do it, why can’t I?” Now, as pro racer I want others with diabetes to think, “Why can’t I?”


Click here for more examples of how Team Novo Nordisk is “setting the record straight” on living and racing with diabetes.

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