NOVO NORDISK’S BIG 100: 11th – 14th JUNE 2023. Information for 1-Day Riders

NOVO NORDISK’S BIG 100: 11th – 14th JUNE 2023. Information for 1-Day Riders

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

Information for 1-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. As a day rider, you will be joining the cycling group for one of the cycling dates. The group will be joined by two professional cyclists from Team Novo Nordisk.


Sunday 11th – Wednesday 14th June 2023

Day Riders Highlights

  • Day 1 – Cycle the stunning Mennock Pass in Scotland
  • Day 2 – Pass through romantic wedding destination of Gretna Green and cycle from Scotland to England.
  • Day 3 – Cycle through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and cycle up Fleet Moss hill.
  • Day 4 – Cycle through Yorkshire passing Bolton Abbey and up Oxenhope Moor climb.




 (finish locations subject to change)

 Sunday 11th June

The 1-day riders who have been allocated Sunday 11th June, will arrive in Glasgow in the morning and meet the rest of the 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. Once everyone is ready, the groups will set off and start cycling south towards Sanquhar. 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.

No accommodation booked for day riders. Accommodation booked for the four-day riders is split between The Nithsdale Hotel and Blackaddie Hotel.

Monday 12th June

The 1-day riders who have been allocated Monday 12th June 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.

No accommodation booked for the day riders. Dinner and accommodation in the Carlisle Station Hotel for four day riders.

Tuesday 13th June

The 1-day riders who have been allocated Tuesday 13th June, arrive in the morning to 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 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.

No accommodation booked for day riders. Accommodation split between Grassington Lodge and the Black Horse Hotel for four day riders.


Wednesday 14th June

The 1-day riders who have been allocated Wednesday 14th June, arrive in the morning to 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 into Burnley where you will be greeted by your colleagues from Novo Nordisk to celebrate your achievements before departing for home. The dress code for the evening is smart casual.

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 and providing mechanical and medical support along the route
  • Pre-event cyclist information document

What’s Not Included:

  • Overnight accommodation – if you require accommodation, hotel details can be provided upon request but will need to be booked by you. For Novo Nordisk employees, this can be expensed in the usual way.
  • Travel to and from the ride can be expensed by Novo Nordisk employees in the normal way.

Bike transportation and equipment

You are responsible for:

  • Bringing your own road bike to your allocated day. Bikes will not be supplied for you.
  • 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.
  • For 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

Luggage transportation

  • We recommend that you pack appropriate clothing as the weather can be uncertain
  • Luggage transportation: we have support vehicles which can transport a small bag if required between start and finish points.


As this is a once in a lifetime 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.
  • 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. On your allocated day ride, you will receive morning and afternoon refreshments stops whilst on the ride and a substantial lunch.

Social Media

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


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