An international men’s cycling team made up of riders who have Type 1 diabetes has been confirmed to compete in January’s five-stage New Zealand Cycle Classic, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned stage race to be held in New Zealand in 2017.

January 22nd – 26th

Team Novo Nordisk, made up of accomplished riders from New Zealand, Australia, America and Uzbekistan will tackle the 30th running of the Classic staged in the Wairarapa from 22nd – 26th January. The Classic features routes that showcase the Wairarapa’s incredible scenery including stage routes to Castlepoint and stages three and four which finish in the Martinborough Square.

Race director Jorge Sandoval is thrilled to secure his first  Pro Continental team for the event.

“Team Novo Nordisk’s roster is rich in accomplished riders who race all over the world and have competed in races like Tour de France, Tour of Spain and many other top international events,” he says. “The team may also be unique in professional sport in that all the riders coming to New Zealand have Type 1 diabetes.”

Team Novo Nordisk started in 2006 as a grassroots initiative to motivate people to take control of their diabetes using cycling as a platform. It has grown into a global sports organisation changing the lives of people with diabetes around the world. Local fans can cheer on fellow Kiwis Scott Ambrose, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18; Caleb Aoake, diagnosed with diabetes at age 12, Samuel Munday and Hamish Beadle. International riders include Australian David Nickels, American Justin McQuerry and Ulugbeck Saidov from Uzbekistan. English team JLT Condor will return to tackle the race while the rest of the international field will be announced in the coming weeks. See main story page 46.