This weekend while at the time trial I was star struck when I saw Ryan Aittaniemi a member of the Team Novo Nordisk Junior team. I had parked across from him and was star struck when I saw him in his kit, I'm a pretend bike racer, I don't have a true cyclist build so not to many people think twice when they see me in the Novo kit. Talking to Ryan and watching him at the start of the time trial you can tell that this kid has something special and will be a pro very soon. After I had finished I also had a very nice conversation with a cyclist that had worked with members of Team Novo Nordisk when they were first racing at RAAM as members of Team Type 1 nine years ago. I had just met this gentleman and we had a thirty minute conversation about Team Novo Nordisk and how inspirational they are. This gentleman made one comment that has stuck with me. "I saw your jersey and figured you had diabetes. I watched you warm up and I watched all that you did to make sure your blood sugar was where it should be while you rode, you're an inspiration. Keep up the good work!! All I could say in response was "Thank you, I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for the team. They are a great group of people and inspire me to be the best I can be."
This week Team Novo Nordisk is racing in the US Pro Challenge held in Colorado. I love the Tour de France but a week long cycling race that has a team I know and love is great. I love that the race is on television live when I get home from work and I love seeing all of the riders post comments and photos about the course and how great Colorado is. The team is reaching new heights this week, you can read about their journey through the US Pro Challenge here. The race be a couple thousand miles from where I reside but it feels like they are in my backyard. I love that I can go to my local bike shop and hear from the guys "We saw Team Novo Nordisk did well in yesterdays stage!!" Each day Team Novo Nordisk is changing diabetes, it may just be a few guys talking about the race in a bike shop but they know about the team and what they are about. That makes a big difference in the world of diabetes, the more people that know about the disease the better the world will be!!