‘Eight cyclists show what vigilance about health can accomplish’
By Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times:
A team of eight cyclists with Type 1 diabetes completed the 3021-mile Race Across America in record time last week. Team members said the skills they had gained in managing their diabetes provided them with a competitive edge, helping them manage their health and performance meticulously throughout the grueling ride.
The accomplishments of the cyclists, who have a corporate sponsor and ride as Team Type 1, have become a source of inspiration for the estimated three million Americans with Type 1 diabetes, and especially for worried parents confronting a diagnosis of the disease in their children.
But the victory also offers lessons for the rest of us, underlining the benefits of daily vigilance when it comes to health.
… The cyclists’ average speed was 23.41 miles per hour — 0.17 better than the winner last year, a Norwegian cycling team made up of professionals.
Cyclists with Type 1 diabetes race across America – New York Times
(NYT photo: Team Type 1 co-founders Joe Eldridge, left, and Phil Southerland)