Neil’s Spectacular Cycle for T1D – AMSL Diabetes

Neil McLagan

Neil's Spectacular Cycle for T1D

We met Neil at the first ever annual Sports & Exercise Weekend. As an eager attendee, he came to learn more about how diabetes could influence his performance in competitive road cycling, his greatest passion. This weekend presented various studies and clinical evidence that showed the interactive nature of diabetes, sports/exercise and overall health. Among a group of like-minded Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) athletes, Neil was hungry for more and left the weekend feeling motivated and ready to utilise this information to better his performance.


About Neil:

Neil is 37, a family man, Customs Broker and AMSL partner. He not only lives with T1D, but also has coeliac disease and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Neil has always been physically active, using his commitment to fitness to help manage his T1D.


Neil's Cycle Across Australia:

Neil’s project, Crossing For A Cause, proposed that he would ride solo from Perth to Sydney to demonstrate that T1D does not place absolute limits on a person’s capacity to achieve remarkable goals, or ultimately, enjoy life to the fullest.

In preparation for his journey, Neil relied on the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System to assist in training –  “Cycling for me used to be fraught with unpredictable blood glucose levels and events. Thanks to the Dexcom G5 Mobile, I’m able to replace uncertainty with assurance and enjoy what I love doing.” He planned to use this technology throughout his ride from Perth to Sydney, further using the OneTouch Blood Glucose Meter to enter calibrations for his Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system.

With much dedication, planning, training and assistance from the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM system, Neil then set out on his ride.

Arriving at the Finish Line!:

On 15th of April 2018, the incredible happened, Neil achieved this mammoth task of cycling solo from Perth to Sydney – a staggering 3986 km ride!

Neil reaching the finish line at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.
After an impressive 3986 km, Neil had finally arrived; here, embracing his family.

He arrived into sunny Sydney at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Sunday afternoon (April 15th, 2018), with a group of supporters eagerly waiting to cheer him on and congratulate him on this great achievement.

In accomplishing this, Neil is among a select and elite group of athletes to have completed the crossing on a bike. It is even more impressive that he is one of a few athletes living with T1D to do so. Through Crossing For A Cause, Neil was able to achieve his primary objectives in:

  • Raising awareness for T1D, in turn highlighting the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle to manage one’s diabetes.
  • Raising funds for the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre to provide further support to members within the T1D community.
  • Utilising Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM technology to demonstrate the effectiveness and essential nature of this device in managing his T1D.

To re-discover Neil’s journey, visit Crossing For A Cause!

Neil celebrating his amazing achievement with his supporters!

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Testimonial Disclosure
This testimonial relates to an individual’s response to treatment with our products and has been edited to ensure it is consistent with the products’ indication(s). The testimonial does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response other persons may have to the treatment. Responses to treatment with our products may differ. It is important to consider individual circumstances and consult with your healthcare professional before considering any changes to your diabetes management. Neil is an AMSL Diabetes All-Star and received sponsorship from AMSL Diabetes for his ‘Crossing for a Cause’ ride.
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“Cycling for me used to be fraught with unpredictable blood glucose levels and events. Thanks to the Dexcom G5 Mobile, I’m able to replace uncertainty with assurance and enjoy what I love doing.”

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