Mehdi Benhamouda found his love for the bike at a young age after growing up watching the Tour de France and other famous races in his native France. By age 10, he was already racing himself.
Three years later, Benhamouda started experiencing the typical symptoms of type 1 diabetes, a condition familiar to his family as his father also lives with type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis initially scared the young man, but a supportive medical team encouraged him to continue riding, and thanks to his family’s experience with the condition, Benhamouda adjusted to managing his diabetes quickly and went on to win the first race he competed in following his diagnosis.
After Team Novo Nordisk launched in late 2012, fellow Frenchman Quentin Valognes reached out to Benhamouda and encouraged him to get in touch with the team. Benhamouda was soon invited to attend a talent ID camp held annually in the United States. Following the trial, Benhamouda received an invitation to race with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad.
In 2014, he earned podiums at Begin, Believe Criterium and Georgia State Road Race Championship and top 10’s at the Melon City Criterium, Imagine Huntsville Criterium, Georgia State Criterium Championship, Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Road Race, Crossroads Classic Criterium, Litespeed BMW Twilight Criterium and Carolina Cup Criterium. In 2015, Benhamouda improved upon these results in America by winning the HHC Rumble @ Roebling Road Race and Georgia Cycling Gran Prix Criterium and scoring podiums at the Litespeed BMW Twilight Criterium, AMP Cycling Series Criterium, Georgia State Team Time Trial Championship and Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Criterium.
After two successful seasons with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad, the 22-year-old Benhamouda earned a contract to join the men’s professional team for the 2016 season. He is the first athlete from the Team Novo Nordisk talent ID program to sign with the pro squad.