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ABOVE: Cyclists Riccardo Rocchi (left) and Chiara Ricciardi prepare

to set off. Above: Two's company. Below: Chiara at the ready. She says

she does not want to defeat diabetes but she does want to show

that it can be a fellow traveller.

Rocchi, a professional photographer,

explained why they have decided to

embark on such a long journey on bikes

saying, "Bicycles are slow means of

transport that allow and oblige you to

see everything that is on your way, not

just to jump from one highlight to another,

missing the authenticity of the region.

Also, the bike means daily physical

exercise, therefore a healthy lifestyle.

Chiara does not intend to defeat diabetes

but she does want to show that it can be

a fellow traveller in every pedal stroke from

Cesena to Singapore."

Tackling some of the toughest

terrains, often via routes in remote

regions in extreme weather conditions,

means Ricciardi has to have her essential

diabetes medication and equipment on

board her bike throughout the entire epic

journey and ensuring it remains at the

right temperature is critical.

To maintain temperature stability for her

vital diabetic drugs, UK-based Pelican

BioThermal has supplied its Credo

ProMed, a robust, temperature-controlled

portable medical transport bag designed

for emergency first responders and

medical couriers to ensure protected

pharmaceuticals remain intact.

During their cycling trek Ricciardi and

Rocchi hope to inspire people living with

diabetes and debunk some of the myths

related to the condition saying, "While

on the road, we would like to emphasise

the message that a healthy lifestyle and

careful therapy can let anyone living with

diabetes lead a life full of ambitions."

You can follow the pair's progress on

their website (see link, right).


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