Thirty-year-old Fabio Calabria has the unique distinction of being the first rider with type 1 diabetes signed by Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1. He is now racing in his seventh professional season. During the 2017 season, Calabria earned the FIRSTBANK Most Aggressive rider jersey on the final stage of the Colorado Classic and notched two top 10 finishes: eighth on Stage 2 of the GP de Saguenay and 10th on Stage 4 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Back in 2014, Calabria stepped away from the professional continental ranks for two years but he continued racing and won the Colorado State Road Race Championship (2014) and the ACT State Criterium Championship (2015) and was runner-up at the Colorado State Criterium Championship (2014) and Stage 5 of the North Star Grand Prix (2014). In 2016, Calabria returned to Team Novo Nordisk as a member of development squad where he won the Alabama State Road Race Championship and was third at the Mt. Victory Road Race.
Calabria was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old after being rushed to the hospital. He spent three days in a coma and an additional two weeks in the hospital. Calabria woke up from his coma thankful to hear about his diabetes diagnosis, fearing much worse. Regularly checking his blood glucose and taking insulin was something he knew he could do, and everyone from family members, healthcare providers, and coaches gave him the support to lead an active life both on and off the bike.
Calabria first discovered cycling on TV with his father, and soon entered his first race where he was hooked. He represented Australia as a member of its U19 national team and won the New Zealand National Road Championship. When Calabria first met Team Novo Nordisk’s CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland, he was racing in Italy. As Southerland explained his search for riders with type 1 diabetes, Calabria knew it was the change he needed and so began his lengthy career with the organization.
In his rare time away from the bike, Calabria enjoys listening to music, going to concerts and working on cars and trucks. He lives with his wife in Tulsa, Oklahoma.