As a co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1, Joe Eldridge brings depth both on and off the bike to the Team Novo Nordisk Development squad. A former U.S. track national champion (team pursuit, 2012), Eldridge displays his power in the sprintsat criteriums and single-day classics. He also serves as a mentor for young riderson the team.
Since childhood, Eldridge dreamed of being a pro athlete. His father encouraged him to play sports, but Eldridge never anticipated it would be cycling. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, he played several high school sports at the top level and only rode a bike as a way to manage his diabetes. While at Auburn University, he started riding with a group of cyclists, and riding quickly led to racing. One day at a race, Eldridge met Phil Southerland — the only other cyclist with diabetes Eldridge had ever encountered — and they quickly built a close friendship. Eldridge and Southerland went on to found Team Type 1, and together, created a platform for other endurance athletes with diabetes to develop and compete.
For Eldridge, his career is about much more than just racing a bike. He finds great value in showing people that athletes with diabetes can compete at the top level of their sports. Off the bike, Eldridge enjoys fishing and hiking. After he retires from racing, he plans to continue working in diabetes outreach. Eldridge is married and has a son and two mix-breed dogs, one being a rescue dog