Diabetic man spurred on by Tour of Britain

Big event: Stage Two of the Tour of Britain is being staged in Lancashire next week

Big event: Stage Two of the Tour of Britain is being staged in Lancashire next week

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An avid cyclist who feared he’d never ride again has been inspired by a unique cycling team riding in the Tour of Britain.

Nathan Mitchell from Clitheroe was diagnosed with diabetes last year aged 17 and worried his dream of becoming a professional cyclist was over due to the condition.

Nathan and Steve Mitchell from Clitheroe who have been inspired by a diabetic cycling team in the Tour of Britain

Nathan and Steve Mitchell from Clitheroe who have been inspired by a diabetic cycling team in the Tour of Britain

Now 18, Nathan has been inspired by Team Novo Nordisk, a team whose riders all have diabetes, and his outlook has been changed. He now aspires to join the team and has recently attended one of the teams training camps in America.

He also credits exercising on his bike with helping him to manage his condition more effectively and his progress has even inspired his dad.

Steve Mitchell, 53, has type two diabetes, and now joins his son to improve his fitness and health.

Steve said: “Nathan’s attitude towards his type one diabetes changed almost overnight when he discovered Team Novo Nordisk and they’ve been a fantastic source of inspiration. His positivity and progress has motivated me too, and exercise has become an important part of managing my own type two diabetes. We are so grateful to the team and can’t wait to support them as they ride through Clitheroe.”

Nathan’s attitude towards his type one diabetes changed almost overnight when he discovered Team Novo Nordisk and they’ve been a fantastic source of inspiration.

Steve Mitchell

And Phil Sutherland, co-founder and CEO of Team Novo Nordisk said: “We are thrilled to be competing in the UK again this year.

“When diagnosed with diabetes, many people think it means they won’t be able to live life the way they’d hoped. We’re here to show people with diabetes that you can achieve your goals and live life well through good control.”

The race begins at 11.15pm at Castle Street, Clitheroe.