This Racer Is Badass

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This is Josh. He’s 14 (if I heard him right, I’m going to photograph him more tomorrow and get the whole scoop) and he’s a racer. And he’s more badass than I am, and more badass than a lot of racers I know.

Josh has Type 1 diabetes, which is why he’s hanging out with Team Type 1, the race team that’s raising awareness for diabetes while dealing with the disease themselves. I first ran into TT1 on a photo shoot in Santa Barbara and decided that a bunch of racers that are taking injections daily while still competing at a pro level are my new heroes.

It seems that Josh had the same idea, and he’s riding his ass off to become just like the guys on the team, and he’s racing the juniors class tomorrow.

Battenkill is a really all-American event, complete with church suppers, expo areas and kids collecting autographs at the meet-the-pros events.

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