Ride for Pancreatic Research

650 Km from Brescia to Lyon

June 1st 2023

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Each year, nearly half a million people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The prognosis of patients affected by pancreatic cancer remains poor, despite the tireless efforts of researchers, clinicians and patients. Fortunately, marginal successes have been achieved, but we can and must do more! Funding remains the Achilles heel of research.

We, as researchers, are dedicated to making a positive contribution to address this issueWe advocate for an active lifestyle, and plan to undertake a physical challenge to raise funds for the PREFITS project

PREFITS is a project in which multiple studies will be conducted to assess the optimal pre- and rehabilitation for fragile patients undergoing pancreatic surgery and what the role of pancreatic enzyme suppletion is in combination with validated and standardized pre- and rehabilitation.

What is PREFITS?

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Fragile patients




Pancreatic surgery




Patient outcomes

PREFITS studies:

Prehabilitation and REhabilitation for Fragile patients In pancreaTic Surgery

Standardized prehabilitation and rehabilitation is suggested to have a positive effect on patient outcomes after surgery especially for fragile patients. However, this effect is still unclear for patients after major and minor pancreatic surgery.

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96 Km

1. Brescia - Bergamo - Vaprio d’Adda

Thursday, June 1

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669 mt

4 hours

Path of the 'Italian Capital of Culture'


2. Vaprio d’Adda - Chivasso

Friday, June 2

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163 Km

231 mt


7 ½ hours




126 Km

3. Chivasso - Val Cenis

Saturday, June 3

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2.263 mt

5 ½ hours

Turin, Colle del Moncenisio


4. Val Cenis - Vizille

Sunday, June 4

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134 Km

2.189 mt


6 hours


Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon


72 Km

5. Vizille - La Côte-Saint-André

Monday, June 5

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458 mt

3 hours



Tuesday, June 6

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68 Km

615 mt


3 hours


Centre de Congrès, Lione


6. La Côte-Saint-André - Lyon

The destination of the CycLyon - Ride for Pancreatic Cancer is the Lyon Congress Center where, from 6 to 9 June, the biennial Congress of the European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary association will take place, attended by a large number of and hepato-pancreatic-biliary surgeons and researchers from all over the world. Recent research in the field will be presented during this congress.




Supervisor: Prof. Mohammed Abu Hilal


Hi, my name is Mohammed Abu Hilal, I am the director of the surgical department at the Fondazione Poliambulanza Hospital in Brescia and a Professor of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Southampton.

I have a strong academic interest and, together with my research team and collaborators, have published a large number of scientific papers in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

My commitment lies in enhancing the treatment for individuals with cancer, and instilling this perspective in the young medical professionals and researchers under my guidance.

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Hi, my name is Nine, 28 years old. After completing my medical studies 3 years ago, I started my Ph.D. research programme in Brescia and Amsterdam, focusing on minimally invasive pancreatic surgery. In the past years, we have managed to launch several important international research projects, all aimed at improving the treatment of patients with pancreatic disease. I am very excited to participate in the CycLYON event, where we will cycle (650 km!) - to raise money for this important cause. Tough training awaits us, but together we will succeed!Thank you for your support, and I look forward to making a difference together!

Nine de Graaf

Hi, my name is Tess! I am 28 years old and currently completing the last year of my 3-year Ph.D. program in Holland. My PhD focusses on minimally invasive pancreatic surgery and related diseases such as pancreatic cancer. I have had the great opportunity as well to conduct research for 2 years in Brescia under supervision of prof. Abu Hilal. This is where, among other things, my passion for cycling was born (due to the beautiful Italian mountains).I am very excited to cycle the cycLYON challenge with this group and to raise funds for important purposes as pancreatic (cancer) research. Thank you for your interest and support!

Tess van Ramshorst

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Hi, my name is Tijs, I am 28 years old and studied medicine in Amsterdam. In March 2022, I traded rainy Holland for sunny Italy and moved to Brescia for a Ph.D. program with prof. Abu Hilal. My research mainly focuses on minimally invasive techniques in liver and pancreatic surgery. As a passionate cyclist, I am very excited to pedal for this this important cause and raise funds for research and to fight pancreatic cancer!

Tijs Hoogteijling

Hi, I am Jasper, a 31 year old physician who studied medicine in Leiden. I have spent the past 2.5 years conducting research in Brescia, Italy, as a member of Professor Abu HilaI’s team. My research focuses on improving the prognosis and quality of life of individuals affected by liver and pancreatic diseases, with an emphasis on outcome assessment and exploring the potential advantages of minimally invasive surgical techniques. In addition to my research pursuits, I am an enthusiastic cyclist and am eager to support pancreatic research by fundraising for this critical cause!

Jasper Sijberden

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My name is Caro and I'm 27 years old. I'm the newest PhD-student working with prof. Abu Hilal! I finished my medical study in October and moved to Brescia in January to focus my research on minimally invasive pancreatic surgery. I'm honoured to be part of this crew cycling to Lyon, and am really looking forward to help them on their way. With definitely also cycling some parts myself!

Carò Bruna

Hello, my name is Bas Uijterwijk, 27 years old, I’m a PhD student under the guidance of prof. Abu Hilal and prof. Besselink. My main focus is to investigate the differences between periampullary tumors to find the optimal personalized treatment options. I moved to Italy in the summer of 2021 where the bike helped in the exploration of this beautiful area. I am proud on the initiative of the cycLYON and I am happy to support this noble project.

Bas Uijterwijk

In memory of Massimo Canonica


We would like to remember our dearest friend Massimo Canonica, who inspired this new adventure from Brescia to Lyon.

In May 2022, Massimo traveled 550 km from Turin to Venice to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and to fundraise for research.

Thanks to his energy and the support of his family and friends, he funded a genetic research project for individuals at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Thank you, Massimo, for your great example, we will continue your mission up to Lyon.

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