Leicester hosts Cycle For Cities Grand Départ in Leicester


Leicester was chosen as the grand départ city for a nationwide cycle event created to raise awareness of diabetes on Sunday, June, 16.

The Cycle For Cities Changing Diabetes Bike Ride 2019 started from the Town Hall Square at 9am and finished at the Olympic VeloPark in Stratford seven days later. They visited a different city everyday.

Cyclists from across the city, including those from Leicester Women’s Velo, and Ride Leicester, were brought together for the event to help escort the cyclists out of the city as they headed towards the Peak District on the first leg of their journey.

Members of Leicester Wheels for All also joined in with their adapted bikes, ensuring anyone who wished to take part, could. One of their low vision members was so dedicated to participating he travelled on three buses and left home at 5.30am to get to the start on time.

 A group of core riders made up of Novo Nordisk employees, local patients and healthcare professionals and two Team Novo Nordisk members completed the whole seven-day ride and travelled nearly 900km.

Dr Deirdre Harrington, academic lead for Leicester Changing Diabetes, of the University of Leicester, took part in the launch cycle leg of the journey.

She said: “The Cycle for Cities Diabetes Bike Ride is such a great way to raise awareness of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and also to show people that it’s still possible to exercise and enjoy life with a chronic condition, providing you manage it properly.

“It was an honour to be asked to take part in the event and that so many cyclists from across the city came down to show their support. Getting around a city by bike has huge benefits to air quality, congestion and the physical and mental health of city residents. As a cyclist and city resident myself I was delighted that Cycle for Cities could experience the thriving cycling scene here.




Fiona Bailey