New Team for Cal­gary’s McClure

Signs With Novo Nordisk

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Reid McClure, a 22-year-old Cal­gary, Alta. road cy­clist, will join the Pro­fes­sional ranks this year as a mem­ber of the Pro Con­ti­nen­tal Team Novo Nordisk.

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-di­a­betes Pro­fes­sional cy­cling team, will race its fifth sea­son with an ex­panded ros­ter of 19 ath­letes from eight coun­tries. McClure, the only Cana­dian on the team, has been rid­ing with the Novo Nordisk devel­op­ment squad, com­pet­ing in races in Canada, the United States and in Europe.

“It’s an hon­our to race as part of the Pro­fes­sional pelo­ton and in­spire more peo­ple around the world af­fected by di­a­betes,” said McClure.

“It wasn’t un­til I found out about Team Novo Nordisk that I thought it was pos­si­ble to be­come a Pro­fes­sional ath­lete.”

McClure was an alpine skier, but switched to moun­tain bik­ing when he was 15 fol­low­ing a se­vere ac­ci­dent. By 17, he had switched to road and at­tended a Team Novo Nordisk Tal­ent ID Camp. McClure was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes when he was three years old.

“The team aims to in­spire, ed­u­cate and em­power peo­ple af­fected by di­a­betes,” said McClure. “We want to show that di­a­betes does not stop us from chas­ing our dreams and it shouldn’t stop others from chas­ing theirs.”

This past sea­son, the Team Novo Nordisk men’s Pro­fes­sional squad com­peted in its first World Tour stage race, Tour de Pologne. Across 43 races in 23 coun­tries, Team Novo Nordisk earned its best over­all re­sult to date when Javier Me­gias (ESP) fin­ished sec­ond over­all at the Tour of Korea.

McClure’s first race this sea­son was in late Jan­uary at the Mal­lorca Chal­lenge, a series of four one-day races.

Reid McClure, 22, moves up to the Pro ranks with Team

Novo Nordisk in 2017.

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