Q&A George Kirkpatrick: Rider With Type 1 Diabetes Who Won Red Bull Time Laps

Joseph Delves 5 Nov 2019 Diabetic athlete George Kirkpatrick claimed the solo category after 25-hours of rain-lashed racing Taking place as the clocks go back, the Red Bull Time Laps sees riders racing for 24-hours, plus the extra hour gained as we switch away from British Summer Time. This year 1,000 racers, including Team Ineos ’s Pavel Sivakov, competed across the team and solo events . Beset by epic weather, in the men’s solo category, George Kirkpatrick emerged from the darkness to take the win. Making his achievement even more impressive is how he had to manage his diabetes while keeping on top of all the other variables inherent in ultra-endurance racing. Now fully caught up on sleep, Cyclist sat down for a chat. Cyclist : What’s the attraction of ultra-racing, and the Red Bull Time Laps in particular? GK : I’d been looking at doing more ultra-distance stuff this ...

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