Sam Brand: Race Day Essentials

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Sam Brand

When it comes to training for sports and living with diabetes, preparation is a key factor. What’s “essential”, however, can be different for everyone. Below, Team Novo Nordisk rider Sam Brand lists his Top 5 Essentials for race day.

My Manx Flag

I am Manx (hailing from the Isle of Man), and this flag belonged to my grandma. After she passed away it became mine.

It has a big meaning and significance to me, and I adore it. I always take it on my travels, and it sits in my bag while I race.

As a proud Manxman, I am privileged and honored to represent our tiny island wherever I race, and this small token is little part of my grandma racing with me too.


I listen to a lot of music. I usually zone out to my headphones drumming away on route to the start of the stage or post race. It’s a great way to get pumped up and prepared for the battle ahead.


I seem to have developed a reputation for red shoes. Although this was unintentional shoes are one of the (if not the most important) pieces of equipment for a cyclist.

This pair were custom designed …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk