TeamBG and IDF Europe join forces for mHealth Grand Tour

mhealth tourRiders from IDF Europe will join TeamBG on the mHealth Grand Tour, a cycle ride from Brussels to Barcelona in September 2013. The joint team will be made up of non-professional riders, all with one mission: to raise awareness of diabetes and of the importance of sports and exercise as a tool for the management of all types of diabetes and in some cases, the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Raising awareness and demonstrating that amateur riders with diabetes can take part in any sporting challenge, the squad is made up of riders representing the Diabetes Online Community (#doc). “We have riders from all over the world sharing a common goal: to demonstrate that anyone living with the chronic, lifelong condition that is diabetes can achieve their sporting and exercise goals” said Paul Buchanan, TeamBG Founder & CEO.

“By joining forces with TeamBG on the Tour, we want to educate, empower and inspire people living with diabetes. We look forward to engaging with the diabetes community all over Europe to spread the word and show that anything is possible even when you live with this condition”, added Sophie Peresson, IDF Europe Regional Director and rider for the tour.

The mHealth Grand Tour is organized by the GSMA, the organization that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. The Tour will bring together the diabetes community and the mobile and healthcare industries to raise awareness of diabetes and to promote healthy and active living, and also to showcase how mobile health solutions can empower people with diabetes.

ANT+, Orange and Team Novo Nordisk join the GSMA and IDF Europe for mHealth Grand Tour

More and more leading companies in technology and healthcare as well as the cycling and the diabetes community are joining forces with the GSMA and IDF Europe for the mHealth Grand Tour! Just a few days after Team Blood Glucose announced its participation in the Tour, the tour organizers announced that ANT+, Orange and Team Novo Nordisk are this extraordinary adventure.

Following the announcement, the GSMA mHealth Grand Tour even made it to the Wall Street Journal! Click here to read the article.

Team Blood Glucose to take part in mHealth Grand Tour

Riders with Type 1 Diabetes from all over the world will be taking part in the ride of a lifetime! Team Blood Glucose (Team BG) announced it will be entering a squad of riders, all with Type 1 Diabetes, in the 2,100km mHealth Grand Tour cycle ride from Brussels to Barcelona.

Raising awareness and demonstrating that amateur riders with diabetes can take take part in any sporting challenge, the squad is made up of riders representing the Diabetes Online Community (#doc). “We have riders from all over the world sharing a common goal, to demonstrate that anyone living with the chronic, life long condition that is diabetes can achieve their sporting and exercise goals” said Paul Buchanan, TeamBG Founder & CEO.

288TeamBG aims to connect, support and educate all people living with diabetes on the benefits of sports and exercise as a tool for the self-management of this chronic, life long condition. As well as playing a significant role in the therapy of Type 1
Diabetes, sports and exercise can help make the difference between a ‘life style’ management of Type 2 diabetes and a ‘medical management’ of Type 2 Diabetes.

For more information about TeamBG, click here or contact Paul Buchanan at paul.buchanan@teambloodglucose.com (UK) or Bastian Hauck at bastian.hauck@teambloodglucose.com

Greetings from the south of France

Sophie Peresson, IDF Europe Regional Director and rider for the IDF Europe team, shared more pictures of her first outdoor training session in the Gorges du Tarn area in France, north of Montpellier.

Check Sophie’s training through rain, strong wind and a tiny bit of sun!

  • Enjoying a rare moment of sun

    Enjoying a rare moment of sun

    Day 1: warm-up session of around 40km with arrival in Pont de Montvert, small town north of Montpellier.

  • Day 2: 87km along the Gorges du Tarn, in constant rain and strong wind.
  • Day 3: 500m + climb in brilliant sunny conditions this time!
  • Day 4: 76km along Gorges du Tarn.

Don’t hesitate to share your training with us!

Biking makes you healthier and helps save healthcare costs, report says

IMG_2926If you needed another reason to participate in the mHealth Grand Tour, here it is! A report published yesterday in Euractiv on bicycle highways in several EU countries claims that such cycling networks help save healthcare costs and make their users healthier.

In Denmark alone, the bicycle network in place is currently saving the Danish state an estimated €40 million per year in health costs, with only a relatively small amount of money going to building and maintaining the highways.

What’s more, the health benefits of cycling are invaluable – including health benefits related to reduced congestion and air pollution.

Click here to read the full article.

Grand Tour: close-up on the route

Starting in Brussels and heading South to Barcelona, the Grand Tour will take bikers through several countries. The 2,100km route from Brussels travels through Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, France and Spain. (Click on the map to visualize the route)

In each of the country crossed by the Tour, IDF Europe looks forward to engage with local diabetes associations to organize a series of awareness-raising events on diabetes and on the importance of health eating and physical activity for diabetes prevention and management. More information on all the events organized locally at departures and arrivals will be posted on this blog in due course.

Join the ride!

If you’re a bike lover and want to take part in the experience of a lifetime, than the Grand Tour is for you! Going from Brussels to Barcelona in 13 days, the tour will take you from quiet country roads to breath-taking scenery in Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Germany and Spain!

More than just a bike ride, this is a tour for a cause: raise awareness of diabetes, physical activity and mobile health solutions. Join the ride and spread the word!

Everyone can take part in the tour. Whoever you are and whatever your motivation, the mHealth Grand Tour will be a great experience and great fun! Almost anyone can take part. The route is achievable for anyone who has done the required training in advance. It’s all about riding sensibly and balancing your efforts. The Grand Tour team will support each cyclist on the ride so each participant gets the most out of it .

The ride is not a competition. The teams and riders are there for mutual support and to help foster a collegiate atmosphere on the ride. Riders can travel at their own pace and can opt for completing certain stages of the race. Organizers expect the teams will mix it up on the road, which will be part of the fun and the experience.

Join us! To make the Grand Tour more accessible, organizers propose several ride options:

  • The epic – all team riders ride the entire distance: that’s 13 days, 2,100 km and 22,000 m of climbs
  • The stage – riders ride one or more of the four stages.
  • The relay – riders share the riding each day with a buddy, either for a stage or the whole distance. This is the ride option our ambassadors Sophie and Katie chose to complete theteam.
Join Sophie and Katie as part of the IDF Europe team!

Join Sophie and Katie as part of the IDF Europe team!

Charity places are available for the ride at a reduced cost. You can either create your own charity team or join  the IDF Europe team. Sophie and Katie are still looking for riding buddies to join their team. If you’re interested in taking part, for the whole ride or just for a stage, and for more information on costs, contact Sophie at Sophie.Peresson@idf-europe.org