The sun was back on Day 5 of the mHealth Grand Tour. This time riders cycled a total 185km from Mulhouse to Pontarlier, with a route following the border with Switzerland.
There was a challenging climb at the halfway point – the ground rises steeply from a starting elevation of 350m and climbs non-stop to 850m without any respite.
You can check some photos of Day 5 – right here on the left is Mary Shi, Young Leader in diabetes who came all to way from China to part in the tour to raise awareness of diabetes!
Today the riders will be taken along the Swiss border through the Jura mountains for Day 6 of the tour, which will end in Annecy, for a total of 172km and 1895m of climing!
After two very demanding first days of the mHealth Grand Tour, the team rode through Germany from Saarbrucken to Baden-Baden on Saturday (for a total of 150km) and from Baden-Baden to Mulhouse on Sunday (for a total of 187km and 2247m of climbing).
The ride took the Grand Tour cyclists through forest and farmland and then to several beautiful villages and towns across Germany and France.
Saturday marked the end of Stage 1 of the tour, and it was already hard for the team as a whole to see some of the stage riders leave. You can check a few pictures of the past 2 days here in this post. You can also go to TeamBG’s website for the wrap-up of day 3 & 4.
Today the riders will continue their long haul to Barcelona for Day 5 of the tour, cycling from Mulhouse all the way to Pontarlier for a total of 185km and 1937m of climbing, proving once again anything is possible when you live with diabetes!
Particularly long day for riders yesterday – Friday 6 September – as the team cycled a total of 192 km and 1368m of climb from La Roche en Ardenne to Saarbrucken.
Here’s a photo of Katie Gallagher of team IDF Europe and TeamBG all smiles as she’s cycling to Saarbrucken. A wrap-up of Day 2 of the tour is available here on TeamBG’s website.
Riders met early this morning at Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels for the start of the mHealth Grand Tour bike ride to raise awareness of diabetes and sports.
A the start line, a nice surprise was waiting for them: cycling legend Eddy Merckx came to give is support to the group of amateur and professional riders of all ages who will ride 2,100 km from Brussels to Barcelona in just 13 days!
Riders left Brussels at 10.00 this morning and will be cycling 155km to La Roche en Ardenne for Day 1 of the mHealth Grand Tour.
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The mHealth Grand Tour bike ride from Brussels to Barcelona to raise awareness of diabetes and mobile health kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 5 September, in Brussels.
Come and show support to all the amateur and professional riders taking part in the ride!
A total of 100 cyclists will ride the 2,100 km from Brussels to Barcelona in 13 days! Amonsgt them is a group of 20 amateur riders with diabetes – Team Blood Glucose – coming from all over the world to show that anything is possible even when you live with diabetes.
The riders will gather in front of the Autoworld Museum on Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels from 9.15 onwards. Departure in planned at 10.00.
Even while on holidays in the lovely Croatian islands, our IDF Europe-TeamBG rider Katie Gallagher took some time to get on a bike.
Katie shared this photo from one of her trainings under the sun – on a moutain bike this time!
The mHealth Grand Tour will kick off Thursday next week, 5 September, from Brussels. Come and greet the riders from 9.15 AM onwards at Parc du Cinquantenaire!
One week from now – on Thursday 5 September 2013 – 100 riders will leave Brussels for a 13-day bike-ride from Brussels to Barcelona. Amongst them will be a group of 20 amateur riders with diabetes. Their aim: raise awareness of diabetes and sports, and of how mobile health solutions can empower people with diabetes.
Come, meet and support the riders at the departure in Brussels!
We invite you to come and show your support to the mHealth Grand Tour riders next Thursday on the tour departure. The start of the tour will be held at Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels on 5 September 2013. Riders will gather at the Parc at 9.00 in the morning for a few group photos and interviews. The official start of the tour will be at 10.00.
Follow the riders during the Tour!
During the Grand Tour, we will be following the riders during the 13-day ride and sharing photos and videos of this amazing experience via our Facebook page, this Blog and Twitter. Follow us to share this unique experience!