As a co-founder of Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1, Joe Eldridge brings inspiring cycling and ambassador experience to Team Novo Nordisk. A former U.S. track national champion (team pursuit, 2012), Eldridge’s cycling resume is rooted in criterium sprints and single-day classics. After his retirement from pro cycling in 2014, Eldridge dedicated his time to serving as a TNN Ambassador and inspiring others with his personal racing and diabetes story.
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 was 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. In addition to his diabetes outreach work, Eldridge also owns a real estate development company and a contracting company. He is married and has two sons and one rescue dog.