NOVO NORDISK’S BIG 100 – 10th – 14th JUNE 2023

NOVO NORDISK’S BIG 100 – 10th – 14th JUNE 2023

    June 10, 2023 - June 14, 2023
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Information for 4 Day Riders

​​​Novo Nordisk’s Big 100 bike ride from Glasgow to Burnley. In June a select group of cyclists will depart from Glasgow riding south in celebration of 100 years of Novo Nordisk. The group will be joined by two professional cyclists from Team Novo Nordisk.


Saturday 10th – Wednesday 14th June 2023


  • Cycle the stunning Mennock Pass
  • Pass through romantic wedding destination, Gretna Green
  • Cycle through the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Tackle the ascent of Fleet Moss



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Saturday 10th June

The four-day core riders make their way to the start in Glasgow in time to register with the ‘pie’ team. On arrival you will be greeted by our bike guides who will be on hand to check your bikes and help with any last-minute mechanical issues. There will be a welcome and safety briefing over dinner.

Sunday 11th June

The one-day riders arrive in the morning and meet the rest of the team. Once everyone is ready, the groups will set off and start cycling south towards Sanquhar for the night. Everyone will be cycling through the Lowther Hill range, and towards the highest village in Scotland – Wanlockhead. The descent is through the scenic Mennock Pass, which weaves through the beautiful southern uplands.

Dinner and Accommodation in the Scottish village of Sanquhar for four-day core riders. Accommodation split between The Nithsdale Hotel and Blackaddie Hotel.

Monday 12th June

The one-day riders arrive in the morning and meet the rest of the team.  Departing from Sanquhar there are a few hills in the morning that will wake the legs up for the rest of the day’s ride. After passing through Dumfries, the riding becomes fairly flat and it won’t be long until we are waving goodbye to Scotland and saying Hello to England, as we cross the border.  We cross via the famous village of Gretna Green, where couples used to elope from England to get married. Towards the end of the day you will be riding into Carlisle for the night.

Dinner and accommodation in the Carlisle Station Hotel for four-day core riders


Tuesday 13th June

The one-day riders arrive in the morning and meet the rest of the team. Our focus for today is the fabulous Yorkshire Dales, which you will pretty much ride from top to bottom. The first half of the day pass Carilisle racecourse and winds its way along quiet country roads through Ingle Wood and Eden District and between the Lakes and the North Pennines AONB until we enter the Dales after Kirkby Stephen.

This distance on this day will see you cycle near to 137km. Once you have reached the summit of Fleet Moss (see climb profile below) at 110km, you will descend through Deepdale before joining the Tour de France route and the rolling terrain will take you towards Wharfdale, Kettlewell and onto your accommodation for the night in Grassington.

Dinner and accommodation in Grassington for the four-day core Riders. Accommodation split between Grassington Lodge and the Black Horse Hotel.


Wednesday 14th June

The one-day riders arrive in the morning and meet the rest of the team.  This is our final day of riding and we have saved the best for last! We take on two climbs; Oxenhope Moor and Heptonstall Road in West Yorkshire.

Everyone departs from Grassington and cycles past the 12th century ruins of Bolton Abbey and into Skipton. It’s not long before the long steady climb from the village of Oxenhope taking you to the top of Oxenhope Moor. This was referred to as Côte d’ Oxenhope Moor when it was used in the Tour de France Grand Depart.

After the descent into Hebden Bridge, the route climbs back up onto the Upper Calder Valley, before descending down into Burnley where you will be greeted by your colleagues from Novo Nordisk to celebrate your achievements.

Dinner and accommodation in Burnley for the four-day core riders. Accommodation Crow Wood Hotel & Spa.


What’s Included

  • Bike guides at a ratio of 1 guide for every 10 cyclists. Our guides will lead the way and provide mechanical support en route
  • Full support crew and medic(s). Working behind the scenes, setting up regular refreshment stops, transferring luggage, dealing with hotels and providing mechanical and medical support along the route
  • All food from the evening meal on Saturday night, through to breakfast on Thursday morning
  • Single room hotel accommodation each night
  • Pre-event cyclist information document
  • For those on the 4-day ride, your bike will be stored away overnight securely.

What You Will Need to Arrange

  • Drinks with evening meals – these will need to be expensed in the normal way using concur
  • Travel to and from the ride – this can be expensed in the normal way using concur
  • Bike / Travel insurance – you will need to provide your own bike and purchase your own insurance if required.  Please see more information below.

Bike transportation and equipment

You are responsible for:

  • Ensuring your bike is road worthy, safe and has had the necessary checks before joining the Big 100 event. During the event, there will be bike mechanics to support you.
  • Bringing the standard equipment for cycling  such as helmet, shoes, gloves, repair kit etc. And any specialist parts your bike needs such as di2 chargers etc


As this is a once in a life-time experience, we are asking all riders if they are willing to capture some of their training and be part of the Big 100 – ‘The Journey’ film.  More details to follow shortly.

During the event, we will have a drone and photographers taking photos and filming throughout the week. If you wish to be excluded from the filming, please contact Laura (RLZB).

Clothing and luggage transportation

  • We recommend that you pack appropriate clothing as the weather can be uncertain. We will be providing Team Novo Nordisk jerseys and shorts to cycle in – you will be requested to provide your sizes on the registration form. Please note these sizes come up very small so it is recommended you go up a size for increased comfort.
  • Luggage transportation: we have support vehicles which will transport your luggage between daily start and finish points.
  • There will be a celebration event on the final day at the Crow Wood Hotel in Burnley, the dress code is smart casual.
  • The registration form will require your order details for the Team Novo Nordisk training kit. Images of the kit and the size guide are below.





























Testimonials from  Previous Riders

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for inviting me along yesterday. It was a really brilliant experience.  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the ride was great too.” Sarah Procter, Cycle for Cities bike ride 2019.

“We had an amazing week, the PIE team were brilliant and looked after us all the way. They are a really fun group too.” Paul Chester, Cycle for Cities bike ride 2019.

Looking After You

The event is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Each day you will receive breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch plus dinner and accommodation each night.

pie Guides

The Big 100 is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who help all abilities complete the challenge:

  • We offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists
  • All of our guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen amateurs and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience and skill.
  • All of our guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists, from start to finish.
  • They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van.
  • Many pie guides are first aid trained.
  • Cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day.

Social Media and Yammer

Please do not post about the Big 100 on your personal social media. All UK employees are not allowed to post about the Big 100 on social media.  Employees are encouraged to post on Novo Nordisk’s internal social channel – Yammer with the #DrivingChangeforGenerations, #Big100


To book on the Novo Nordisk Big 100 bike ride register use the Registration button above or below.

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