Cyclist conquers challenges on big tour

JUSTIN Morris has just completed the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, and you could say that was pretty damn good.

The seven-day tour included more than 1030 kilometres of racing with three summit finishes, a time trial in San Luis city and a classic sprint on the final day. It had 12 world tour and four pro continental teams competing.

Here's the thing about Morris:

You could also say the Baulkham Hills cyclist is a man on a mission.

That mission is to show Type 1 diabetes doesn't have to preclude a full life and elite competition.

The 32-year-old Morris (pictured right) is in a 19-cyclist squad that is part of Team Novo Nordisk. Each squad member has Type 1 diabetes.

Morris was diagnosed at 10, after weeks of feeling sick and losing 10 kilograms.

His passion for bikes began in primary school and he started competing in BMX racing.

His biggest achievement has been finishing fifth in the 2011 Crocodile Trophy in the Northern Territory.

No diabetes sufferer had attempted it; he told no one of his illness; and he has competed twice since.

"What we do on the bike defies the belief of many in the diabetes community," Morris said.

"Seeing us compete in some of the most challenging races in the world against the best in the world is a huge driver in changing attitudes about what is possible with diabetes."

Novo Nordisk managing director Peter Soelberg said: "As part of our long-standing program, Changing Diabetes, Team Novo Nordisk is making a huge contribution to the goal of raising broad awareness of the diabetes pandemic."

Diabetes information : australiandiabetescouncil.com.

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