KUSA - Sixteen teams are competing in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. Every team comes to win, however one team has already won in the hearts of many around the world.
"They are definitely an inspiration to everyone with diabetes in the world."
For the first time since Phil Southerland founded a cycling team to promote diabetes awareness, every member has something in common.
"We're all Type 1 diabetics and professional cyclists as well," says Joonas Henttala. "We compete against the best cyclists in the world."
It's not always easy but compete they do and the Novo Nordisk Team keeps track of every detail.
"It's even more crucial for us diabetics to keep everything in balance and we always need to think one step ahead, just like we need to think about what kind of training are we going to do," says Henttala.
Adds Fabio Calabria, "The things you do to be a successful cyclist are the same things you do to be a successful person with diabetes."
They're here to race and also spread a message to anyone with diabetes.
"Everyone with diabetes out there is a part of Team Novo Nordisk," says Southerland. "We want them to know that whether their dream is to be a professional bike racer, to be a doctor, student, mother, father, whatever it might be, that you can do it. Just take the steps, control your diabetes, work towards your dreams and know that this disease will never hold you back."
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