Former Team Novo Nordisk professional rider Gerd de Keijzer stepped away from the professional ranks in 2017 to create his own cycling tour business, Cycling Baix Camp. While building the cycling tour company, he continued racing with local squad Equipo Oleka, but missed the adrenaline of racing at the pro level, so the Dutchman has decided to return to Team Novo Nordisk as a member of the development squad for the 2019 season.

Growing up as an only child, de Keijzer fell in love with cycling at an early age and was already competing by age eight, the youngest age allowed in the Netherlands. Both his parents are passionate cycling fans and he spent many holidays going to bike races throughout Europe.

While at the Tour de France in 2003, de Keijzer started exhibiting the standard diabetes symptoms. His family took him to a team doctor during the race, who suggested de Keijzer had diabetes. They went to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at nine-years-old.

De Keijzer’s first question was whether he could continue competing. The doctors in France told him no. After a week in the hospital, de Keijzer returned to the Netherlands where his doctors told him that playing sports was one of the best ways to manage diabetes, and so he resumed riding. Throughout his junior years, he continued improving and started to win races.

When Team Novo Nordisk formed in 2012, de Keijzer was invited to race with the development squad. After earning four top 10 places in 2014, including third at the Georgia State Road Race Championships, de Keijzer moved up to the professional squad in 2015.

Off the bike, the 24-year-old enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and his dog, Caesar.

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