Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age three means Reid McClure has nearly no memories of life without the condition. Thanks to a supportive family, he played a variety of sports and was always encouraged to set high goals for himself. Now in his second professional season, the neo-pro continues to approach cycling with the same vigor and intensity that he’s applied to overcoming his diabetes diagnosis and achieving his dreams.
The Canadian’s athletic career began as a young competitive alpine skier. As part of his rehabilitation program after a serious crash, McClure took up mountain biking. Soon his competitive nature took over and he entered his first mountain bike race at age 15. Within a year, he switched to the road and quickly entered his first road race.
In 2014, two years after his first road race, McClure was invited to attend one of Team Novo Nordisk’s Talent ID camps. Based on his performance, he was offered a spot racing for the development team for the 2015 season. With the squad he won the Tennessee State Road Race Championship and was runner-up on Stage 4 of the Georgia Cycling Gran Prix and the Foothills Cup Road Race (all 2016) and was invited to join Team Novo Nordisk’s pro team for the 2017 season.
The 22-year-old says it is an honor to race as part of the professional peloton and to inspire more people around the world affected by diabetes. In addition to racing, McClure currently attends Quest University Canada in Squamish British Columbia where he studies Liberal Arts and Sciences.