As I traveled for my "media work" I never thought I would hear people say bad things about Team Novo Nordisk as we are at an event for the team. At the time Team Novo Nordisk was having their growing pains, podium finishes were few and far between and the teams world ranking wasn't anything to be proud of. A few years later at a very similar team event I'm hearing talk that the team might fold due to not having a sponsor and that the dream of the Tour de France would be just that, a dream.
As a lifelong fan of the team these comments hurt me and I did all that I could to try and get the inside story. Would the team really fold and would the most inspirational diabetics in the world be out of a job? Obviously that didn't happen as Novo Nordisk signed on for three more years to be the title sponsor of the first and only all diabetic pro cycling team. Those comments made by people that know European cycling stuck with me however, "They will never get to the Tour with just diabetics, they need to get real cyclists, they don't have the talent pool like normal teams do."
That comment specifically has stuck with me for the past year. Why does that comment bother me? Why, because that is diabetes!! "Diabetes only chooses the champions" is all you need to know about someone living with diabetes. Imagine being told no or that you aren't good enough everyday of your life. Imagine someone nagging you everyday to test your blood sugar or asking if you can eat something, that's diabetes. People that know nothing about what living with diabetes is all about will tell you what you can and can't do. I wasn't supposed to be able to run a 50k, ride a century or eat an ice cream sundae because of diabetes. Once I got over that anger and used it to light a fire my life changed and I have been doing things I never thought possible.
Where did I get that fight like hell attitude? From each and every member of Team Novo Nordisk!! For the past month or so I haven't heard one thing about what Team Novo Nordisk can't do. In fact I have heard nothing from anyone in the media about the amazing run that the Team is on. I will hear from people once this article goes live that they're getting lucky and that it won't last. I doubt that is the case however, I don't think having a rider on the podium for a week straight or having a rider win a national title is luck. If a member of Team Sky did that they'd be the best rider in the world.
Team Novo Nordisk is stronger then ever and will have a rider on the podium at the end of the Tour du Rwanda in two days. Go ahead Team Novo Nordisk, let them doubt you, talk down to you, and believe you'll never make it big. Then let 'em watch you dominate the cycling world!! Team Novo Nordisk has taught the diabetes world how to fight and that is all they have ever done, with the doubters silenced it is our turn to make our voices heard and make sure that everyone knows that you can do anything with diabetes!!