Having made a successful come back to racing Ian felt that he owed it to the other 500,000 Type 1 diabetes sufferers in the UK 250,000 of which are under the age of 16, to raise awareness of their condition and in turn make the other 3.2 Million people with various Types of Diabetes aware of the fact that sport and activity can help you significantly improve your quality of life when living with the condition.
After several years of riding for the “Sport Beans Team” as a Pro in The UK Tour Series and The “Wilier Team”, Ian formed the Team Diabetes UK Cycling Team with the help of Sports Lawyer, Kevin Jones and Motor Industry Component Director, Paul Merryweather. This bold move to run his own Team was to fulfil his goal of raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to give something back to the Sport he felt he owed his life to.
The Targets laid out by Ian for Dymag T1D this year were for the Type 1 Diabetic riders to be the focus of the Team so as to raise awareness for the Teams chosen Diabetic Charity J.D.R.F Junior Diabetic Research Foundation. Thus the non sufferers role in the Team was to work in support of the Type 1 riders to try and rack up as many wins as possible for these riders and the
The Aim of Team t1diabetes.info
We hope to be a vehicle for Diabetes Awareness and what can be achieved with healthy living and exercise if you are a Diabetic or not. Combating obesity can seriously reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes!!
To provide up to date and accurate Diabetic life style choices and explanations and demonstrations of the training that the racer personally goes through to health authorities, schools, colleges, public bodies, and business.
Through its Team t1diabetes.info Road Show which would be attended by one of its diabetic racers who would offer advice and explain the life style choices they have taken to deal and live with their condition on a day by day basis.
Please help us to raise awareness of diabetes by making a donation to our charity. Your gift will enable us to work to spread the word about the benefits of sport and exercise to assist with the management of diabetes and help sufferers to live as normal and healthy a life as possible.