Rider Interview: Ed Hood catches up with Sebastien Sasseville who recently finished the Race across America (RAAM). Sebastien has type 1 diabetes, but he didn’t let that stop him racing 4,800 kilometres across twelve US states. Here at PezCyclingNews we’re no strangers to talking to athletes who live with type 1 diabetes, Team Novo Nordisk rider, Sam Brand has featured several times, as has the man behind Sam’s team – which is made up of riders who all live with type 1 diabetes – Phil Southerland . But Milano-Sanremo at 300K is one thing, the RAAM – Race across America at 4,800 kilometres is another.
But it’s not just the distance; it climbs some 175,000 feet across 12 different states.
And this is no, ‘take it at your own pace, jolly,’ it’s a competitive race with a 12 day cut off, if you’re 12 days and two minutes then you’re not classified as a finisher.
But that’s what Canada’s Sebastien Sasseville, who lives with type 1 diabetes, qualified for, rode and finished. Best have a word with the dude. PEZ: The basics first please, Sebastien.
Sebastien Sasseville: I’m 43 years-old from Quebec in Canada and I’m a motivational speaker.
PEZ: Why the RAAM?
Why not? I’m an endurance guy, I love to go long, it’s where I shine and my interest in ultra-distance cycling has grown over time. I was aware of the RAAM but didn’t understand how it could be done, apart from the physical and mental challenge […]