The world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team took on an epic challenge pedalling across seven cities, proving ‘anything is possible’.
Team Novo Nordisk lead an active lifestyle despite the condition and took on the ‘Pedal 7’ challenge that started on June 12 in Leeds and finished in Gatwick on June 16.
To mark the beginning of Diabetes Week 2017, the riders set off on the 700km, five-day cycle through seven cities, encouraging people living with diabetes to achieve healthy blood sugar levels through good management of their disease.
Along the route, the riders visited some of the UK’s specialist diabetes centres, meeting patients and sharing inspirational stories at Churchill Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital, among many others.
Former Team Novo Nordisk’s professional cyclist Aaron Perry, who participated in the Pedal for 7 cycle, said: “Many people who are diagnosed with diabetes believe they won’t be able to live the life they had hoped to.
“By effectively managing my diabetes and controlling my blood sugar levels, I have been able to lead a full and active life, participating in competitive races worldwide.”
Another former pro cycling teammate, Justin Morris, said: “People always ask me how my diabetes affects my cycling. As long as I properly manage my diabetes and keep my blood sugar within an optimal range, I’m able to train as hard as I like and compete at an elite level. That’s why I’m taking part in the cycle; to inspire people with diabetes to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and achieve their goals.”
Team Novo Nordisk, made up of nearly 100 endurance athletes with diabetes, also participate in triathlons and running challenges.