Last December I was invited to Team Novo Nordisk training camp along with other diabetes and cycling members of the media. I remember receiving the invite and jumping around like a little boy that just opened a letter from Santa Clause. For myself and everyone else we would get an inside look at how Team Novo Nordisk operates.
I wasnt at the camp to me to cover the diabetes or cycling side of the team. I went to camp with the goal of connecting with the members of the team. I wanted to learn about their lives and what diabetes and cycling means to them. I wanted to hear the stories of failure and of success as they raced to be a part of a professional cycling team. I knew not everyone would let me in to their life story but if I could connect with one rider I’d be happy and my life would be changed.
What I got was three riders that let me in, I got their full story and it was more then I ever imagined. What we see as cycling fans make cycling look like a dream job. What I learned was that cycling is the toughest job in the world. That’s without hearing their diabetes story.
The stories I heard changed my life. Why is this moment number two you may be asking yourself, the truth is that I’m not the only one to have my life changed by members of the team. The members of Team Novo Nordisk change lives everyday and it’s often before or after racing which is incredible. Imagine working for twelve hours and then having a child come up to you and saying “you’re my hero!!” Then that child’s parents thanking you for changing their child’s life.
Team Novo Nordisk is a family and they want their family to grow. Every member of this team will take the time to talk to talk and help each and every fan. This is what makes Team Novo Nordisk unlike any team in the world.