With Team Novo Nordisk jersey, everywhere I go, everyone I meet, and every smile I see, I realize these moments are impactful because this jersey had the power to change diabetes around the world.
Romain Gioux had an active childhood playing various sports, but at age eight he found his passion for cycling and began to compete. He steadily improved and so began his dream of racing professionally. As a junior rider, Gioux started experiencing muscle cramps 30 kilometers into a race, which he felt was unusual for his fitness level. Following a blood test, Gioux was diagnosed with diabetes. Immediately, the young Frenchman was determined to show that he could be as strong as the other cyclists. With the overwhelming support of his family, teammates, coaches and healthcare team, he soon resumed training.
Since Team Novo Nordisk’s inaugural season in 2013, Gioux dreamed of racing as part of the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 15, he raced as an amateur for the French-based Club Cycliste de Varennes-Vauzelles and Vélo Sport Chartrain.
In late 2016, he was invited to race with Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad at the Czech Republic’s East Bohémia Tour and based on his performance there he earned his first professional contract for the 2017 season.
After two seasons racing as a pro, Gioux is retiring from racing due to an inner ear issue, which forced him to stop racing in March 2018. His final race was GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano. He has since transitioned into the role of being a team ambassador for the 2019 season.
Gioux still loves to spend time on his bike, enjoy good food and spend time with his family.