Members of Tour of Britain cycling team all have type 1 diabetes
Riders in one professional cycling team competing in the Tour of Britain have one thing in common: they all have type 1 diabetes.
Team Type 1 Novo Nordisk will take place in the tour, which spans eight days of racing and 125 miles.
The team was founded in 2005 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge. Both men have type 1 diabetes, and the team includes 16 other riders with the blood sugar condition who all come from different countries and continents, reports Diabetes UK.
"We are Team Type 1, we fight for the right to live and for equal access to education for everyone affected by type 1 diabetes. Global access to medicine, education and empowerment by 2021," states the team's website.
Competing for a cause
All of the cyclists use a continuous glucose monitor to track blood sugar levels during racing - and some of the riders need to take three to four insulin injections every race.
Southerland, CEO and co-founder of Team Type 1, says that while sometimes the team gets strange looks when they're injecting insulin on the side of the road, the other cyclists are supportive.
"Most of the riders and teams understand. They think it’s pretty cool that we are out here doing this," Southerland said.
Source:UK Diabetes, The Telegraph