|Team Type 1 in the moutains of California (© Team Type 1)
You were part of the winning eight men team at the 2007 Race Across America.
All athletes have diabetes 1. Is it difficult to compete at such a high level with Type 1 diabetes?
Phil Southerland: I would have to say that it is difficult to race period. Bike racing
is a sport where small adjustments are key to success, and diabetes just adds an additional layer to the adjustment side.
We have to be very aware of our nutrition, and if all is perfect in regards to blood sugars, we are good. The trick
is when you eat too much, or give too much rapid acting insulin, such as Apidra, where we can begin to have trouble.
10 years ago I would say diabetes was a disadvantage, but with the advancements in technology (insulin, continuous glucose
monitors, and my wireless insulin pump) the playing field is now getting close to level.
Type 1 does not have a title sponsor but it has a strong message to support people with diabetes. What kind of feedback do
Phil Southerland: Actually we do have a title sponsor in Apidra, which is the rapid acting
insulin that everyone on the team uses. They are the reason we get to line up next year with guys like Matt Wilson to
really broaden the message. The support from people with diabetes, and the diabetes industry has been phenomenal.
I have been fortunate to meet people who get excited when I share my dreams, and then in turn support me in achieving them.
I have gotten emails ranging from thanks for what you are doing for diabetes, to you changed my life and because of
Team Type 1, I am going to take the small steps so that I have my eyesight in 20 years. The emails from people showing
support are truly what make my day.
Cyclingheroes: Is the insuline that people with diabetes need different from the insuline on
the WADA list or do the riders with diabetes have a medical exemption from the UCI?
Phil Southerland: The insulin we use is in fact banned. I guess you could say we are the only
riders who are so open about the fact that we take a banned substance, not to go faster, but to stay alive. We are in
the process of getting our exemptions from the UCI, and will have them in place before any competition in 2008.
team was founded in 2004. Can you tell us more about the early days?
Phil Southerland: The early days were brainstorming and selling t-shirts. I sold t-shirts
to anyone and everyone, and raised enough money to do a JDRF charity ride. At the ride we came up with the RAAM [Race Across
America] idea, and then it was full speed ahead to finding companies we could promote in our effort. I was lucky enough
to have a great Doctor, Bruce Bode, who put me in touch with Abbott Diabetes Care to make the first dream of winning the Race
Across America come true. After that, the show of support has really allowed this program to take off.
Cyclingheroes: The team will have continental status in 2008, what is the long term
goal of the team? Will we see Team Type 1 at the Tour de France someday?
Phil Southerland: The long term goal is to get a team of Type 1's into the Pro Tour status,
and race the Tour de France. We hope to have riders with type 1 in the tour in 4-5 years. My bet is on Fabio Calabria,
from Canaberra, Australia. Fabio is a super talent on the bike, and we got connected because he has diabetes also.
I am excited to see what he can do with the team's support next year!
Type 1 signed Matt Wilson. Who will be his team mates and who are the sports directors?
Matt brings a solid leader to what was already a great team. Having
a guy like Matt will give each rider confidence in doing their job, cause they know he can win. It will help each rider
to step up their game, and also give us some wild card opportunities throughout the season. We have the full roster
up on teamtype1.org
We have Tom Schuler has the overall manager, and Ed Beamon as the director sportif. We really have a top notch team
of supporters from our Sponsors, management, mechanics (The A-Team) and of course the riders! We want to work hard to
get Matt on top of the podium as often as possible. With his comeback from cancer, and the riders with diabetes, our
team extends a message that most can relate to. We all have something to overcome, some harder than others. But if you
can overcome those difficulties, and work hard on whatever your passion is, there is no dream to big to make happen.
Cyclingheroes: What programm will the team race in 2008?
Phil Southerland: The program is still being decided. We really hope to get an invite
to the Tour of California, and all major US races, along with a few international stage races over the year.
Team Type 1 roster 2008
(* indicates riders with Type 1 diabetes):
Abraham, Emile; 34; Trinidad & Tobago
Aldape Chavez, Moises; 27; Mexico
Anthony, Jesse; 23; USA
Brooks, Ben; 29; Australia
*Calabria, Fabio; 21; Australia
Chadwick, Glen; 32; New Zealand
*Eldridge, Joe; 26; USA
*Hargave, Tim; 23; New Zealand
Holt, Dan; 27; USA
Jones, Chris; 29; USA
Kobzarenko, Valeriy; 31; Ukraine
Macgregor, Ian; 25; USA
Milne, Shawn; 27; USA
*Southerland, Phil; 26; USA
Wilson, Matt; 31; Australia
2008 Team Type 1 Development Team
(all riders with Type 1 diabetes):
Bartels, Nathan; 26; USA
Bowden, Alex; 19; USA
Brooks, Matt; 21; USA
Hanley, Monique; 30; Australia
Mead, Andy; 30; USA
Patton, Morgan; 20; USA
Powell, Tim; 41; USA
Schrank, Bob; 40; USA
Suprenant, Mark; 44; USA
More information about Team Type 1: http://www.teamtype1.org