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Sebastien Sasseville: 3,000 Miles Throughout America with Diabetes

Rider Interview: Ed Hood catches up with Sebastien Sasseville who just lately completed the Race throughout America (RAAM). Sebastien has sort 1 diabetes, however he didn’t let that cease him racing 4,800 kilometres throughout twelve US states.


Right here at PezCyclingNews we’re no strangers to speaking to athletes who stay with sort 1 diabetes, Group Novo Nordisk rider, Sam Model has featured a number of occasions, as has the person behind Sam’s crew – which is made up of riders who all stay with sort 1 diabetes – Phil Southerland. However Milano-Sanremo at 300K is one factor, the RAAM – Race throughout America at 4,800 kilometres is one other.

However it’s not simply the gap; it climbs some 175,000 ft throughout 12 totally different states.
And that is no, ‘take it at your personal tempo, jolly,’ it’s a aggressive race with a 12 day reduce off, should you’re 12 days and two minutes then you definately’re not labeled as a finisher.
However that’s what Canada’s Sebastien Sasseville, who lives with sort 1 diabetes, certified for, rode and completed. Finest have a phrase with the dude.


PEZ: The fundamentals first please, Sebastien.
Sebastien Sasseville:
I’m 43 years-old from Quebec in Canada and I’m a motivational speaker.

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PEZ: Why the RAAM?
Why not? I’m an endurance man, I like to go lengthy, it’s the place I shine and my curiosity in ultra-distance biking has grown over time. I used to be conscious of the RAAM however didn’t perceive the way it could possibly be performed, aside from the bodily and psychological problem there’s the funding, logistics and placing collectively a crew for the venture.


PEZ: How do vitamin and managing your situation dovetail on a journey like that?
The primary consideration is to gasoline my physique as an athlete; however in fact the diabetes places a layer of complexity on high of that, I’ve an insulin pump and CGM – steady glucose monitoring system to help in advising what I’ve to do with my insulin consumption.

PEZ: Did you’ve gotten earlier ultra-distance expertise?
Final yr I rode throughout Canada in 15 days 17 hours, that’s 6,000 kilometres, which is longer than the RAAM however with much less elevation.


PEZ: Inform us about your teaching and coaching.
My coach is Cliff Scherb of Glucose Advisors – however I’ve been coaching for and competing in lengthy distance sport for the final 10 years, together with six Ironman Triathlons and the Sahara ultramarathon. There have been plenty of lengthy preparatory coaching rides concerned – 100, 200, 300, 400 kilometres earlier than the RAAM.

PEZ: Who’re your sponsors?
My three fundamental sponsors are: Dexcom, an organization that develops, manufactures and distributes steady glucose monitoring programs for diabetes administration. Lilly Canada, an affiliate of Eli Lilly and Firm, one of many world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical corporations; Lilly produced the world’s first commercially obtainable insulin. Tandem Diabetes Care who manufacture my insulin pump which is built-in with my Dexcom G6 steady glucose monitoring system.


PEZ: Inform us about your help crew.
I had 10 individuals in my crew, we’ve got two mini-vans and an RV; I believed it will be for me sleeping in however it turned extra of an oasis for the help crew. You need to get the tradition of your help crew proper – I most likely wouldn’t have completed with out them.

PEZ: And also you completed sixth, have been you pleased with that?
I used to be sixth in my age class and twelfth total in 11 days 22 hours – and ‘sure’ I’m pleased with what we achieved as a rookie crew. I hoped for a bit higher and was using in sixth total place for a very long time however my physique got here aside on day 9; I made errors with my sleeping. The necessary factor was to beat the 12 day reduce off and we achieved that – however it was simply as necessary to make it to start out line. It sends an enormous message to people who stay with sort 1 diabetes, reminding them to: Dream large! Take that first step! Deal with your self!


PEZ: Am I appropriate in saying that no drafting is allowed within the race?
That’s appropriate, no drafting; similar to any race there are guidelines which need to be adhered to. However the officers are nice, their issues are extra about your security than every other facet, not simply guidelines for guidelines sake.

PEZ: Your bike?
It’s a Trek Madone with aero bars, you need to be as comfy as potential for an endeavour like RAAM. I like it, I did the trans-Canada journey on it. Folks have been saying I ought to carry; ‘a spare every little thing’ however I’ve ridden 20,000 kilometres on that machine with no mechanical points – I’ve had punctures however that’s to be anticipated.


PEZ: Unhealthy patches?
Day 9 – my physique simply fell aside, I simply wasn’t getting sufficient sleep. I couldn’t get to sleep and over the primary 1500 kilometres I solely managed about two-and-a-half hours sleep; I used to be having unhealthy nights when it got here to attempting to get to sleep. However day 9 I had no hearth left so the crew determined to take me off the bike for 5 hours – that enabled me to ‘reset,’ I got here again to life and that enabled me to complete. There have been plenty of guys DNF, the climate wasn’t the very best however my help crew satisfied me to go. I’m a resilient individual however should you over-work your resilience then it will get drained – that’s why having an excellent help crew is so necessary.

PEZ: Will we see you again within the RAAM – and with what classes realized?
I’d like to do it once more, it’s such a problem, the preparation, the logistics, the journey… If I journey the RAAM once more I’d have a special technique for the RV and for sleeping.
And one other large drawback is that for lots of the journey there’s no cel. cellphone sign so the crew don’t have entry to my information – that’s one thing we’d have to consider. . .


# With due to Sebastien, Gerry McMaster at Allison & Companions for organising the interview and PEZ’s personal Chuck Pena for pulling us all collectively. Thanks to and different photographers. #

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