In 2009, US-based Team Type 1, the only professional cycling team in the world to employ racers with diabetes, is expanding to include a triathlon team, a developmental squad, a women's professional squad and two teams for the Race Across America (RAAM): Team Type 1 and Team Type 2.
According to management, the athletes with diabetes in these programs serve as examples that diabetes can be controlled through diet, exercise and the use of the best treatment and technology available today.
Last year, Team Type 1 won 45 races, including team titles at the Vuelta Mexico and Tour de Beauce. Matt Wilson won the King of the Mountains climbers jersey in the 2008 Tour of Ireland. The team has also added new management, while adding clothing and accessories company Louis Garneau as a sponsor.
Team co-founder Phil Southerland said the team hopes to build on that success by being a part of the field at the Amgen Tour of California in February.
“With everything that we accomplished last year, we certainly set the bar high for what lies ahead in 2009,” he said. “But with a solid management team in place, we are well on our way toward accomplishing our goal of participating in the Tour de France by 2012.”
Louis Garneau reunites with former Saturn cycling Team general manager Tom Schuler, whose Team Sports management group oversees daily operations of Team Type 1. The team will use Louis Garneau clothing and helmets in 2009.
New management staff for 2009
Team Type 1 has hired a new director sportif, Vassili Davidenko, and a new assistant director, Gord Fraser, for the 2009 season.
Davidenko was Team Type 1’s assistant director last year under Ed Beamon, who is not returning.
“We were very fortunate to have someone with Ed’s experience to help guide us down the path of success in our first year,” said Schuler. “With Vassili and Gord, we have two former pros who can also relate well to the challenges a rider faces on and off the bike.”
Davidenko, 38, brings more than a quarter-century of bicycle racing experience to the team. During his 14 years as a professional, he won the Russian national road (1996) and cyclocross (1998) titles and was a silver medalist in the 1988 Junior World Road Race Championships. He also represented Russia at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and won the Athens Twilight Criterium in 2005 and 2006.
Fraser raced professionally for 13 seasons and represented Canada in three Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games. A veteran of the Tour de France, the 40-year-old works for Carmichael Training Systems. He assisted long-time Lance Armstrong coach Chris Carmichael open a regional training center in Tucson, Arizona.
Created in 2004 by two racers with Type 1 diabetes, Southerland and Joe Eldridge, the pair led the squad to back-to-back victories in the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 and 2007 before joining Fabio Calabria and Timothy Hargrave as two of four professional riders with Type 1 diabetes on the roster in 2008.
Team Type 1 Pro Team 2009 Roster:
Management and staff - Director Sportif: Vassili Davidenko (men's), Director Sportif: Jack Seehafer (women's), Assistant Director: Gord Fraser, General Manager: Tom Schuler, Assistant Manager: Marc Colbert, Head Soigneur: Bill Haelsen, Assistant Soigneur/ Logistics: Sergey Davidenko, Head Mechanic: Doug Berner, Mechanics: Chris Davidson, and Alex Banyay.
Men's team:Moises Chavez Aldape (Mexico), Jesse Anthony (USA), Fabio Calabria (Austria)*, Joe Eldridge (USA)*, Ricardo Escuela (Argentina), Ken Hanson (USA), Dan Holt (USA), Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slovenia), Chris Jones (USA), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukraine), Darren Lill (USA), Ian MacGregor (USA), Shawn Milne (USA), Phil Southerland (USA)*, Willem Van den Eynde (Belgium)*, Matt Wilson (Australia).
Women's team: Veronica Leal Balderas (Mexico), Jacquelyn Crowell (USA), Monique Hanley (Australia)*, Jennifer McRae (USA), Morgan Patton, (USA)*, Alison Powers (USA), Samantha Schneider (USA), Kori Kelly (USA).
*indicates riders with Type 1 diabetes
For more information, visit www.teamtype1.org.