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American teams such as Garmin-Transitions, HTC-Columbia, Team Radioshack and BMC are expected to rack up impressive results during the Tour of California next month — but it’s the smaller teams that could really light things up early in the race.

Team Type 1, Jelly Belly, Bissell and the smaller American teams can make stage racing exciting as they attack, create breakaways, and force the big boys to ride.  I gladly support these teams when they get the chance to race in front of a large audience, but there is one specific team that deserves special praise.

Every time Team Type 1 races — and gets in the newspapers — the team helps raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes.

Team Type 1 is the team I’d like to focus on leading up to the event, as this UCI Continental race team has an interesting background (courtesy of Team Type 1 Media Kit):

Team Type 1 was created in 2004 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, a pair of avid cyclists with Type 1 diabetes. In 2006 and 2007, the pair captained Team Type 1 to back-to-back victories in the eight-person team division of the Race Across America (RAAM). In 2008, the team grew to include a 15-rider professional continental team that included four riders with Type 1 diabetes.

In their inaugural pro season, Team Type 1 compiled 45 victories, including winning the team classification at the Tour de Beauce and the Vuelta Mexico and placing two riders (Glen Chadwick and Moises Aldape) in the Olympic road race in Beijing.

If you’re interested in following in the adventures of Team Type 1, I’d recommend following the team’s official Twitter account.  I hope to learn more about the team in the coming weeks, and hope to share some neat information with you.

Hey Team Type 1, best of luck during the Tour of California next month!

5 Comments so far »

  1. by Tweets that mention Team Type 1 Looks Ahead to Tour of California | --, on April 30 2010 @ 4:26 pm


    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by TeamType1, iv whitman. iv whitman said: Thanks for the shout out from @alamedarunners about @TeamType1. We would love to see you at @AmgenTourofCali […]

  2. by Terri DeCamp, on May 2 2010 @ 9:01 am


    I would like to support TeamType1 but they aren’t all type 1 diabetics. They only have diabetics on the team to help them get into races. You are correct that they aren’t like the big teams.

  3. by jamesstout, on May 2 2010 @ 9:57 pm


    terri – we might not all be diabetics but we all have a goal of putting a type 1 in the tour by 2012. all the non type 1 guys get to room with diabetics and live with us so they know and appreciate what we go through. you wont see that on any other team in fact you’ll see the opposite.

  4. by JJ Joe, on May 3 2010 @ 9:05 am


    jamesstout — you have as much a chance to be in the tour de france by 2012 as Lance does of winning for the eighth time. slim and none.

  5. by ted, on May 3 2010 @ 10:22 am


    Hi James – Do not worry about one negative comment. Most readers do not comment but talk to us at the local events. I have received nothing but positive feedback about TeamType1. The people I speak with are amazed that you can get people with type 1 diabetes to perform at that level. The most incredible thing of all, is how you can get insulin through UCI.

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