Spanish bike camp to ‘boost diabetes education’
People with diabetes and healthcare professionals from within the community are being invited to take part in a group bike ride in Mallorca.
Team Blood Glucose has partnered with BikeCamp, which is owned and managed by cyclists, to create a week long biking experience which combines a variety of rides with practical advice on blood glucose, diet and fuelling education.
Over the years Team Blood Glucose has worked in partnership with Imperial College London to gain extensive knowledge of cycling with diabetes.
The week long camp experience will give participants guidance on pedalling efficiency, tips on climbing and descending and ways to improve cycling techniques.
The experience will also help people with diabetes to develop strategies to manage both hypos and hypers during exercise and recovery time.
Organisers said: “You will also learn how exercise improves your insulin sensitivity making it more efficient, and helps improve your blood glucose control. Experienced staff will assess your fitness when you arrive at the Camp and tailor a personalised plan specifically for you.”
The aim is to cycle around 70km most days and the courses will be designed to incorporate a mix of terrain in to help people improve their cycling skills, whilst learning how blood glucose levels can fluctuate during the day.
There will be guides and trained staff to support during the ride and a daily debrief will afford the opportunity to reflect on the day’s cycling and discuss diabetes related observations.
On leaving, participants will be given a three-month training plan and given the opportunity to sign up for the Team Blood Glucose Barcelona to Bilbao (B2B) ride in June, or the Team Blood Glucose Diabetes Grand Tour (DGT16) ride from Stockholm to Munich in September.
The Spanish event, which will take place in March, brings together people with diabetes and healthcare professionals so they can share experiences and understand the benefits of structured education around the effects of exercise on blood glucose levels.
Team Blood Glucose is a not-for-profit social enterprise company which was set up to help all those with, or at risk of diabetes learn how to use activity, sports and exercise as a core tool in the management of their condition.