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08.03.2008/Fresh off a 10-day training camp in the Santa Ynez Valley near Buellton, Calif., Team Type 1 is headed to the Tour of Taiwan to help Shawn Milne successfully defend his title at the seven-stage, week-long UCI 2.2 race. The race will take place from March 9 until March 17.

In the midst of a training camp ride:
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Phil Southerland, Tim Hargrave & Dan Eldridge check their blood glucose levels ( MarcoQuezada.com)

Team Type 1 was founded in 2004 to inspire people living with diabetes to take a proactive approach to managing their health and overcome the obstacles often associated with the condition. The first-year professional team is headed up by the veteran management team of General Manager Tom Schuler, a member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and Sport Director Ed Beamon, who previously guided the longest-running, continuous U.S.-based professional cycling team.
 
Team Type 1 features 15 professionals – four of whom have Type 1 diabetes – and 11 racers on a development team – all of whom have Type 1 diabetes. The developmental team will focus on defending the Race Across America eight-rider corporate title the team won in 2007.
 
In the professional team’s first-ever race last month at the Tour of Langkawi, Australian Matt Wilson earned a top 10 finish on individual classification while helping Team Type 1 earn a runner-up placing in the team standings.
 
“You wouldn’t know we are a first-year team by the caliber of our roster or our recent race results in Malaysia,” Beamon said. “Team Type 1 was built to make a difference – not only for people who have diabetes, but also to get results so they can root for a winning team.”
 
Team Type 1’s roster for the Tour of Taiwan (March 9 - 17) includes Milne, Jesse Anthony, Chris Jones, Valeriy Kobzarenko and Phil Southerland. Kobzarenko is in his fifth season as a pro, Milne in his fourth, Anthony in his third, Jones in his second and Southerland – team’s co-founder – is a rookie pro.
 
At the team’s training camp from Feb. 26-March 5, riders from both the professional and developmental team rode together, attended sponsor presentations, photo shoots and media training, and performed community outreach in the form of a school appearance to students at Oak Valley Elementary.

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