Growing up in Leiden, Netherlands, Bob Goedbloed is the oldest of three children and comes from a family of cycling fanatics. The 20-year-old found his love for the bike at a young age and started racing by the time he was nine years old. It was during his first year racing as a junior that he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Following his diagnosis, Goedbloed said he was relieved that it wasn’t something worse and was happy that diabetes was a manageable condition. Additionally, his parents quickly informed him of a Dutch volleyball player who had won an Olympic gold medal while competing with diabetes. Goedbloed returned to racing and says that only major change was that he now had to one more thing to manage during a race: his blood glucose.
Goedbloed found Team Novo Nordisk through one of the team’s summer Talent ID camps. Since joining the development team, Goedbloed has moved to the United States to train and race with his teammates. During the 2017 season, he earned six top 10 finishes including winning the Georgia Games Criterium.
Off the bike, Goedblood’s passions stay focused on sports, and he would be interested in coaching following his cycling career.