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Special Guest Joe Eldridge

"My finest moment on a bike was winning RAAM with my best friends and family around me."

Team Type 1 co-founder Joe Eldridge will be the first to tell you that dreams can come true.

A shared passion for cycling with fellow collegiate cyclist Phil Southerland led to the creation of a semiprofessional squad made up solely of diabetics in 2004. Two years later, Team Type 1 was winning the first of two corporate team division titles in the Race Across America (RAAM).

Eldridge was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age 10 in December of 1992. But it didn't stop him from competing as a striker on elite junior soccer teams that traveled the country. When he wasn't kicking the ball on a soccer field, he was placekicking on the football field for his high school team.

But those two round ball sports gave way to competing in triathlons. But (by his own admission) not being a terrific swimmer or runner led him to take up track cycling at Auburn University. Not long thereafter, Southerland and Eldridge who raced against each other in college laid the groundwork for Team Type 1. With their sights set on simply finishing RAAM in 2006, they surprised even themselves with a victory. A year later, they won the eight-person corporate team title again in world record time.

Now Eldridge looks forward to achieving the same success in professional cycling.

"We have a strong group of riders, experienced management, great sponsors, and an important message," he says. "Everything is in place for us to have a great year, both on and off the bike."

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