“I like cycling because it is not just any sport, cycling never loses anyone, everyone wins in their own small way: those who improve, those who manage to climb a mountain quickly and cry for having reached the top, those who laugh at a joke from their training partner, those who are never tired and grits their teeth, those who do not give up and who do not lose heart, who never feel alone. We are a family and no one will ever be forgotten. This is cycling for me.”
Italian climber Jacopo Colladon has been racing bikes since he was thirteen. Starting on mountain bikes, moving to cyclocross and finally hitting the road, the young Roman has come through the ranks of one of Italy’s oldest and most respected amateur clubs, the AS Roma cycling club.
After attending the Team Novo Nordisk Talent ID camp in 2021, 18-year-old Colladon was selected for the 2022 development team roster and as he puts it, “My dream became a little bit closer.”
Also a celiac, Colladon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was thirteen and benefited from an already close relationship with the family doctor and supportive parents. Working together to educate themselves about the best way to manage diabetes, they discovered Team Novo Nordisk and five years later Colladon achieved his goal and became part of the team.
Competing in cyclocross and road racing for the last few years, Colladon showed great potential through the junior ranks with solid results including podium placings and top ten’s in the Italian national U16 category.
An only child, off the bike Colladon is a music student, studying classical guitar and enjoys spending time with family, friends and the family dog.