Somerville, NJ — Team Novo Nordisk showcased their teamwork when the motivated five-man roster took on the 71st annual Tour of Somerville.
“Our plan was to get someone into the break and then see how the day played out from there,” explained Team Novo Nordisk’s Aaron Perry, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16 years old.
All the Team Novo Nordisk riders worked well together to achieve this mission, particularly Perry, who launched several attacks trying to create a gap on the peloton.
“We all worked really hard, but unfortunately the peloton just wasn’t letting anyone get away,” Perry said.
Race pace remained high throughout the 50-mile race, which is known as the oldest major bike racing in the United States.
“It was a fast race and very hectic all the way until the end,” Perry said. “While it was very hot out there, it was a good day out racing for us.”
Perry hails from Rotorua, New Zealand and began riding his bike when he was only six years old. The Kiwi reached an elite level mountain biking before switching over to road racing. For the 26-year-old, the team achieved its goals by arriving at the start line and showing fans that athletes with type 1 diabetes can compete against some of the best cyclists in America.
“I have tried to never let diabetes hold me back from anything,” he added.
Catch Team Novo Nordisk racing again on Saturday May 31st at the Glencoe Grand Prix in Glencoe, Illinois.