Thursday, May 29, 2008

Soft spot for Team Type 1

I've got a soft spot for Team Type 1 for a few reasons, but most notably because every single day this crew hits the grind to show what they can do despite a disease many use as a perfectly justifiable reason to ratchet their activity down. Yet here's this team out there rockin' it day in and day out. The other two reasons are personal and go by the names Monique Hanley and Sean Weide.

I met the former last year at Superweek. A teammate and I noticed Monique had these box things on her arms and I just didn't think I could stand it if I didn't find out what they were for, so I asked and made a new friend. Monique is an exceptional person and a powerful sprinter who hunts lucrative criterium primes with success.

The latter, fellow Nebraskan Sean Weide, has given a great deal of time and energy to building cycling in our state, especially in the area of officiating, both doing and training others. Sean has also recently made the leap to the pro zone with his work in media/communications and generously gives me a peek now and then of what it's like at that level, so I am happy to share some info he brought to my attention.

This weekend,
Bike Masters Cycling & Fitness will play host to a special guest this weekend when Team Type 1's Timothy Hargrave joins the shop's weekly Saturday morning ride in Northwest Omaha.

Timothy Hargrave is a first-year professional for Team Type 1 who recently helped teammate Glen Chadwick capture two stages and the overall title at the inaugural Tour of Arkansas. Hargrave, 22, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six. He began competitive cycling when he was 12. Next month, the New Zealander will be helping the team defend its Race Across America eight-person corporate team titles won in 2006 and 2007. This will be his first visit to Nebraska.

Team Type 1 was created in 2004 by Type 1 diabetes racers Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge to inspire people living with diabetes to take a proactive approach to managing their health and overcoming the obstacles often associated with the condition. In 2008, a 15-rider professional continental cycling team was established, which includes four riders with Type 1 diabetes. Team Type 1 finished third in the team classification of the Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T.

Saturday's ride begins at 8:30 a.m. from the shop at 129th & Fort. For more information, call 964-1080.

Hargrave will also
be riding in the Tour de Cure in Sarpy County on Sunday:


bryan said...

are you going to join us? It's going to be very, very fast.

sydney_b said...

Nope. I'll let you suffer that alone. I'm headed to Tulsa Tough tomorrow to mix it up with a bunch of speedies there.

bryan said...

Oh, that's right. Yeah, probably more fun where you're going anyway. Good luck!