IBA, Zambales – Never look down on diabetics.
That’s what Scott Ambrose stressed after conquering Stage Two of the 2015 Le Tour de Filipinas on Monday.
The Kiwi rider, captain of the US-registered Novo Nordisk team composed of diabetic riders, said their condition doesn’t make them inferior to other athletes.
“(There may be differences) before and after the race, but on the bike, we’re equal with everybody else,” said Ambrose.
“We see ourselves as equal competitors in races and we’re here to compete,” the New Zealander added.
Ambrose, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, proved it after a wire-to-wire stage victory in a challenging mountainous 154.7-kilometer stage under hot and windy conditions.
The result allowed him to make a significant jump from 27th in Stage One to fifth overall.
People with diabetes usually have high blood sugar levels, usually having to urinate and get thirsty more often, and easily get fatigued.
But Ambrose says “It’s not a hindrance at all.”
The 5-foot-8 athlete even insisted their diet doesn’t vary than that of normal counterparts.
“We follow the same diet as other cyclists; we just have to watch what we eat,” said Ambrose, a former student at Sancta Maria College in Auckland.