Racing with Team Novo Nordisk’s men’s professional squad as a stagiaire for the remainder of the 2018 season is 19-year-old Aussie Declan Irvine. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12 after a two-week ski trip, and his family noticed he had lost a significant amount of weight. A week later, he started feeling very sick and eventually began to lose his vision. He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with diabetes. He was lucky to have a very supportive hospital team who told him that diabetes should never define him.
How did you get involved in sports?
In 2013, my mom asked me to participate in a triathlon with her, and I quickly got hooked on the sport and training. I enjoyed the run, but wasn’t a great swimmer, so I looked forward to the bike leg because it was where I excelled. In 2015, I represented Australia at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide. That same year, I attended Team Novo Nordisk’s annual Talent ID camp and knew full-time cycling was what I wanted to do.
Who are you off the bike?
Up until this year, I was still in school, so I didn’t have much of a …read more
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