Team Type 1 opens up its training camp for fundraising

Don't have the skills to turn pro? Team Type 1's camp is the next best thingTeam Type 1 is opening up its 2010 training camp in northeast Georgia to cyclists of all skill levels as part of its “Pedal With The Pros” fundraiser.

From Feb. 12-14, participants will experience what it is like to be a member of Team Type 1, the world’s only professional cycling team with riders who have Type 1 diabetes. They will enjoy a memorable, exclusive experience by riding, eating, learning and relaxing with members of the Team Type 1 men’s and women’s professional teams, as well as the Elite and Developmental squads.

Team Type 1 CEO Phil Southerland said inquiries from Team Type 1 fans and supporters about how they could show their support for the program led to the creation of Pedal With The Pros.

“This is a great way to give those people a real hands-on experience at what the ‘pro lifestyle’ – and more specifically, what the ‘pro lifestyle with diabetes’ is like,” Southerland said. “We can show people with and without the disease the additional steps our athletes take to be the best they can be, and how we use diabetes to make us better people.”

Southerland said money raised from Pedal With The Pros will go toward supporting the European racing campaign for the professional men’s team in 2010.

“This is just another step to put us on the fast track to the Giro d’Italia in 2011 and the Tour de France in 2012,” he said.

The $5,000 per-person registration fee includes air transportation to and from camp (U.S. domestic flights only), hotel accommodations and meals. Participants also receive daily massages, full mechanical assistance and they will go home with a complete Team Type 1 cycling kit (jersey, shorts, socks and other accessories), logo bag and water bottle.

More details can be found on the event’s website, Deadline to register is Feb. 4.

Team Type 1 Promotion and Fundraising Manager Jennifer Helms said Pedal With The Pros promises to be a memorable experience, regardless of age or ability.

“This opportunity is perfect for individuals who love cycling, want to support Team Type 1 and make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year,” she said.


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