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Growing up as the oldest of three boys, Jan Dunnewind was at his grandmother’s house when she noticed the typical diabetes symptoms, increased thirst and urination. The then four-year-old Dunnewind was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The Dutchman appreciates how young he was at the time of his diagnosis because he says he no longer remembers life without the condition.


Thanks to a supportive family and medical team, Dunnewind resumed an active childhood that included volleyball, swimming, tennis, and gymnastics. Around 16, Dunnewind started cycling for fun, but soon he found out about a local club and began training officially. He joined the Dutch Cycling Union and was invited to a national training camp. His passion for cycling continued to grow and soon he attended two of Team Novo Nordisk’s annual Talent ID camps in the United States. Dunnewind said he learned significant amount of knowledge around diabetes management and bike handling skills. He left the camp determined to earn a spot on Team Novo Nordisk’s development team.


Back in the Netherlands, Dunnewind increased his training and earned several results, including taking second in a French time trial, which earned him an invitation to join Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad for the 2019 season.


Off the bike, the 20-year-old Dunnewind is studying engineering at university and works at an architectural firm. His family has two dogs, Tommy and Eddy, both named in honor of famous cyclists.


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