Sam Brand is a British professional cyclist from the Isle of Man who was diagnosed with type 1 at 10 yrs old. Growing up Sam played many sports & competed in thriathlon, qualifying to race in the ITU World Championships. Sam was spotted by Team Novo Nordisk, a team whose athletes all live with type, which lead to him joining their elite triathlon squad. He later decided to focus exclusively on cycling & joined the Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad in the 2016. Following a strong showing with the development squad, Sam debuted in the pro ranks as a stagiaire (an apprentice) in August 2017. In 2018 Sam turned professional. Sam has ridden in many races including the one day classic Milano-Sanremo & has represented the Isle of Man at 2 commonwealth games.
In this podcast episode Flipper, Gary, Kes and the Diabetes Chat community asked questions to Sam and we learned about his incredible journey of living with diabetes and how he manages his diabetes with everyday life being a professional cyclist. We also talked about mental health, peer support, stigmas, plus lots more.