Now in his sixth year with Team Novo Nordisk, David Lozano is an 11-time Spanish national champion in mountain-bike and cyclocross racing. In March 2014, he proved his strength on the road when he won the king of the mountain’s classification at Cholet Pays De Loire in France. Additional highlights include sixth on Stage 3 of the Tour de Korea (2015).
Lozano, a climbing specialist, was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child and his father encouraged him to play sports to burn off excess energy. By the age of 8, he was competing in mountain biking races and went on to dominate the Spanish circuit throughout his teens. Lozano turned professional at 18 with the Spanish team, MSC Bikes, and was considered the best mountain biker in Spain when he began to lose vision in his right eye. At the hospital he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and Lozano hoped to continue mountain biking. But after he informed his team manager of the diagnosis, the team immediately broke his contract.
Lozano’s father also has type 1 diabetes and has struggled with his diabetes management. When Lozano was diagnosed, his mother was distraught, believing that the younger Lozano might experience the same difficulties as his father.
Soon after his diagnosis, Lozano connected with Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland via Facebook and the two, along with Lozano’s mother, met in Barcelona. Southerland explained the values of the team — to help inspire, educate and empower those living with diabetes — and invited Lozano to join. Lozano’s mother was grateful for the opportunity, knowing her son could live a healthy life and continue his athletic career.
Since Lozano joined Team Novo Nordisk, his father has been inspired and taken a more active role in his own diabetes management. For Lozano, experiencing firsthand how Team Novo Nordisk helped someone so close to him live a healthier life with diabetes, motivates him to help people with diabetes throughout the world.
Off the bike, the 29-year-old loves spending time with his Spanish water dog, Aria, and his wife. When he ends racing professionally, he would like to run a bike shop in Spain.