Team Type 1 – SANOFI to wrap up 2011 cycling calendar, expand diabetes outreach at Tour of Rwanda

ATLANTA, Nov 16 – Team Type 1 – SANOFI will finish its 2011 season in Africa, returning to the the hilly, seven-stage Tour of Rwanda for an uncommonly difficult race against a strong peloton at the end of a long first year as a professional continental team.

Continuing its outreach program in Rwanda, Team Type 1 will also bring in more donated supplies for children with diabetes in the central African country, and make daily stops in local communities with an endocrinologist and diabetes educator to help train health care providers.

Team Type 1 – SANOFI roster UCI 2.2 Tour of Rwanda:

Alex Bowden* – USA
Will Dugan – USA
Ty Magner – USA
Kiel Reijnen – USA
Joey Rosskopf – USA
Alexey Shmidt – RUS

* – professional cyclist with type 1 diabetes

Team Type 1 – SANOFI Director Sportif Jack Seehafer said he expects to see Colorado-based rider Reijnen at the front after a tough 2011 season.

“Kiel was out all year dealing with the consequences of a virus that kept him off the bike. That’s a tough break for a guy who finished on the podium at US Nationals and made a reputation for himself as a stage-race winner in Asia. We know how hard Rwanda is from our experience here last year, where the combination of a super-strong African peloton and a super-hilly race made us refocus our efforts for a race that comes so late in the season,” Seehafer said.

Team Type 1 – SANOFI CEO Phil Southerland said the outreach program in Rwanda is at the heart of the organization’s effort to help prevent unncessary deaths in the diabetes community.

“We’ve packed up 200 blood glucose meters, 100,000 donated test strips and more than 10,000 lancing devices to bring with us into Kigali, and we’re committed to seeing that every one of the 650 kids in Rwanda with type 1 diabetes gets enough supplies to manage and control his or her disease for a year. We’re honored that one of America’s top endocrinologists, Dr. Steve Edelman of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is with us to help train health care professionals in Kigali and the local communities, and we’re grateful to the US Embassy in Rwanda, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and the International Diabetes Foundation for their partnership in seeing this program come to fruition,” Southerland said.

Based in Atlanta, Team Type 1 – SANOFI is the men’s professional cycling squad of Team Type 1, a non-profit organization focussed on diabetes awareness and education. Five of the 22 cyclists on the team have type 1 diabetes, and more than 80 other amateur cyclists, ultramarathoners and triathletes make up the rest of Team Type 1.

On Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, 10 members of Team Type 1’s running squad completed a non-stop 18-day cross-country run from California to New York, all to raise awareness that diabetes is no obstacle to an extraordinary life. Click to read more about The Run Across America.