Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA collaborates with a new therapeutic experience at the Adult Day Hospital of the Pere Mata Group in Reus

The Adult Day Hospital of the Grup Pere Mata in Reus received on Friday morning about twenty bicycles from the Bicis per la Vida by ŠKODA project of the Contador Foundation. With this donation a new therapeutic experience will be launched in the medical centre that will have a double line of work.

Ten of the bicycles, ready to be used after being checked and tuned up by the Pinto WPA, will firstly enable the implementation of a series of activities linked to the promotion of exercise and the adoption of healthy and sporting habits.

Another ten, requiring various actions, will initially serve as a test bed for a newly created repair workshop which will be provided as part of the various participatory proposals introduced in the reintegration process.

One of the objectives of the project’s promoters is to set up a bicycle collection centre in the future, which would be set up by all the workshop participants with the aim of selling them at a solidarity price for people with limited resources. This income will be used for the maintenance and materials of the workshop.

The occupational therapist Vanesa Pujol is one of the people responsible for an interesting project that seeks to improve physical health and encourage healthy habits among the population, to encourage the process of occupational recovery of people and promote the use of bicycles as a means of economic, efficient and sustainable transport.

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Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA collaborates with the NGO olVIDAdos to send 44 bicycles to refugees in Lesbos

The project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA handed over a contingent of 44 bicycles to the spanish NGO ‘olVIDAdos’ this Friday in San Sebastian de los Reyes. These bicycles will be sent to the overcrowded refugee communities on the Greek island of Lesbos to serve as a means of transport or, above all, to the youngest, also for leisure.  Sportlast and Tacx, the firms sponsoring the Contador Foundation’s sports projects, have also wanted to join in this initiative by donating equipment. In the case of Sportlast, with four boxes of socks and compression stockings. From Tacx, with 300 bottles.

The Greek island, located near the Turkish coast, has been in the front line of information during the last few months due to the extreme situation in which thousands of asylum seekers live in precarious settlements. The Mória camp, originally designed for some 2,000 people, ended up exceeding six times its capacity.

“In a facility designed for 2,000 people, there were more than 13,000. And in deplorable conditions, without water since last September. There are many people who have not been able to dress up or wash their clothes for a long time”, explains Olga San Martín, one of the co-founders of olVIDAdos. The Madrid-based NGO, through institutions and organisations in the Navarre region, launched a first shipment of food and material earlier this month.

This situation of overpopulation aggravated the shortcomings of already very deficient facilities and served as a breeding ground for various social conflicts, in the context of the health emergency caused by COVID-19, which took shape at the beginning of September in a dreadful fire, with several subsequent aftershocks, which reduced all the facilities to ashes. Despite the resettlement and reconstruction work, heavy rains in early October aggravated the hardship by flooding several areas.

In the area around the refugee settlements, which cover large areas of land, bicycles have become very important for the organisation and distribution of aid, according to the Oblivion. Seur, in collaboration with Bicis para la Vida through its Foundation, has been responsible for collecting and delivering all these bicycles, which will now have a second life in one of the most needy places on the continent. Several repair kits are also distributed with the bikes to keep them fully operational. “All the support is important and necessary to give continuity to the projects”, thanks San Martín.

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Sensational performances by the Idemticos ambassadors at the 2020 Spanish Adapted Cycling Championships

The latest edition of the Spanish Adapted Cycling Championships, finally held this past weekend at the Cartagena speedway circuit (Región de Murcia) in order to manage the entire COVID-19 prevention protocol more effectively, once again produced brilliant results for all the ambassadors of the Contador Foundation’s Idemticos project.

Madrid’s Eva Moral and Gonzalo García Abella, in the WH4 and MT1 categories respectively, scored a brilliant double by winning on Saturday in the road races, which were held over 28.8 and 14.4 kilometres, and on Sunday in the time trials, which were held over 14 and 7.2 kilometres.

Carlos Javier Mozos, also from Madrid, continued his ascent in the MC1 category with bronze medals (over 47 and 14.5 km) in races where one of the great riders on the world cycling scene for people with functional diversity is competing: Ricardo Ten from Valencia. The Catalan from Granada, José Manuel Dosdad, finished fourth both in the road race and the time trial in the MC4 category (over 58 and 18 kilometres).


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Alberto Contador: “At the slightest sign that you are suffering from a stroke, you have to go to the hospital; every second is important”

This Wednesday a new edition of the EFE Health Dialogues was held, this time on the occasion of World Stroke Day, which is celebrated on 29 October, and which dealt with this disease, which is still little known to a large part of our society. Organised by the EFE News Agency with the Freno al Ictus Foundation and the Spanish Neurology Society (SEN), through its cerebrovascular diseases group, this single-subject version of the EFE Health Dialogues was attended by Graziella Almendral, president of the Spanish National Association of Health Informers (ANIS); Dr. María Alonso de Leciñana, coordinator of GEECV-SEN; Julio Agredano, president of the Freno al Ictus Foundation; Yolanda Torosio, an actress and dancer suffering from stroke, and, representing the Foundation that bears her name and with the backing of her experience with the disease, the ex-cyclist Alberto Contador.

“This illness changed my vision of life”, explained an Alberto Contador who also recalled his experience with the disease: “I suffered an Ictus in the first person and I suffered it as a professional cyclist, during a Vuelta a Asturias. I had been suffering from terrible headaches for several weeks, but my desire to prepare for the Tour de France, my obsession with training well, made me put those pains aside. I didn’t give them any importance. The main problem, my main problem, was that I didn’t have any information about this disease. I was lucky, it could be solved and I could go on with my life in a more or less normal way. But not all cases are like that. This is a disease that conditions a lot and about which we still have very little knowledge”.

“A large part of society is not really aware of the impact that stroke has. Many think that it is something that only happens to older people. And look, my case was with 21 years old, a healthy, sporty person, who took care of his diet, with good habits in his day to day… It is also a problem just to stay in the numbers. You talk about the stroke, the mortality it causes… It seems that if there has not been a death, nothing has really happened. Of course that is not the case. The truth is that behind every case there is much more history. The impact behind each case is tremendous and in our environment we certainly all know cases. A young person, under 40 years old, with four children of whom the oldest is 12 years old, their own family obligations, work… And from one day to the next that older child is the one who has to dress you, help the younger siblings. Situations that make you see even more the seriousness of this disease,” he explained.

During another of his speeches, Alberto Contador showed a certain optimism with the social changes he is perceiving in terms of greater health care through physical activity: “Society is increasingly aware that it has to have a much healthier lifestyle, that it has to practice sport, that it has to take more care of its diet or acquire healthier habits in terms of alcohol or tobacco consumption. Today more people than ever before practice sport on a regular basis. For me it is one of the best treatments to prevent stroke. I am a little more optimistic, although it is also clear that there is still a lot to do”. The changes, from their optimum, are also taking hold at company level and he gave the example of Kometa, one of the sponsors of his sports structures: “They have reduced the use of salt in the manufacturing process of their products by a large percentage”.

Finally, Contador also wanted to highlight the importance, already highlighted in recent months by medical groups in the context of health emergency, to go to a hospital at the slightest sign of a stroke: “You see the news every day, with all this situation that is being lived with the COVID-19, and it is something that is taking its toll when it comes to hospitals. I’m going to wait’ or ‘I’ll come later’… There is a certain fear of going to hospitals. And no. From here I want to encourage everyone that, at the slightest sign of suffering a stroke, you have to fly and go to the hospital; every second is important and it doesn’t matter if we are in the middle of a pandemic. Things are now much better organised too”.

Julio Agredano, president of the Freno al Ictus Foundation, together with which the Alberto Contador Foundation has launched the Pedalea contra el Ictus initiative, summarised very well in three points the main message that must be underpinned in society’s conscience: “Firstly, this disease must become much better known throughout the world. Second, it is important to be clear that it is a time-dependent disease, so we must know how to see the symptoms, as every second counts. And thirdly, it is an illness after which those affected find it very difficult to return to what has been their normal life”.

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The Extremadura European Paracycling Cup, the first event in which the ambassadors of the Idemticos project take part

II Extremadura European Paracycling Cup
Casar de Cáceres y Cáceres, from 17 to 18 October

Carlos Javier Mozos, Eva Moral and Gonzalo García, who has joined the Spanish national team, participated in the Extremadura European Paracycling Cup last weekend. A competition that, in these times so conditioned to the evolution of public health and the health emergency, was the first in which the ambassadors of the new project Idemticos of the Contador Foundation took part with their new condition.

A double venue hosted the development of the competitions. On Saturday, for the time trials, the town of Casar de Cáceres. On Sunday, in Cáceres, the capital, the online races.

García Abella did a double in the T1 category by setting the best time in the time trial and winning the on-line race. The same result was achieved by Eva Moral, who continued to explore the world of adapted cycling with a double in H4 ahead of Milagros López Vernet and Pilar Montoya López. In the C1 category, Carlos Javier Mozos finished in a double third position behind Ricardo Ten and the Portuguese Bernardo Vieira.

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The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Alberto Contador Foundation, in their commitment to society, are promoting ‘Pedalea contra el Ictus’

The Fundación Freno al Ictus and the Alberto Contador Foundation invite you to pedal against stroke in the first social, family and sports walk in our country in the fight against the disease. This first edition of ‘Pedalea contra el Ictus’ is organized in a virtual format that seeks a massive participation of the society to improve the situation of this pathology in Spain.

Both foundations, in their continuous commitment with society and in their fight against stroke, promote this initiative, whose main objective is to improve the situation of stroke in our country, making the disease visible among the population and serving as a vehicle to raise funds to be allocated to social projects on information, research and inclusion of those affected in our community.

“With ‘Pedalea contra el Ictus’ we want to get the disease out on the streets, so that people are informed about its high level of prevention and the importance of identifying it in time. Time is the brain! Furthermore, this march will allow us to raise funds to be used in projects that favour and improve the inclusion of those affected in our society”, explains Julio Agredano, president of the Freno al Ictus Foundation.

The ‘Pedalea contra el Ictus’ initiative has the backing and recognition of social interest from the Freno al Ictus Foundation and the Spanish Society of Neurology, with Alberto Contador as an exceptional sponsor, who through the Foundation that bears his name is at the forefront of the fight against the disease.

“The stroke was the disease that changed my life”, says Alberto Contador. “Today there is much more information and many more means to fight it, but they are still insufficient. Ictus is still a very unknown disease, despite its great presence in our day-to-day life. Nationally, stroke is the leading cause of death among women. Globally, it is the leading cause of acquired disability among adults. 2020 is unfortunately a special year because of COVID-19, but there are many other diseases and illnesses that cannot be overshadowed by the pandemic because they remain just as serious.

Cycling against Stroke’ is not a competitive race, it is a popular march where families are invited to participate and join the fight against the disease.

In this first edition and due to the unprecedented health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Pedal Against Stroke’ will be held in virtual format, offering participants the opportunity to join in at any time during the period from 24 October to 1 November, coinciding with World Stroke Day (29 October).

The foundations are making available an information platform where participants can manage their registration for the event and an app, Pedal Against Stroke, where they can upload photos of their participation to provide visibility through social networks with the label #YoPedaleoContraElIctus.

The representatives of both institutions concluded by encouraging society to pedal against stroke and contribute to the fight against this disease, through ‘Pedal against Stroke’.

Stroke affects 120,000 families a year in Spain, is the leading cause of death among women in our country, is the leading cause of acquired disability in adults worldwide and is the second leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is a highly preventable and treatable disease, with 90% of strokes being preventable by modifying our lifestyles linked to personal health promotion. Moreover, it is a pathology where reaction time is fundamental for the correct evolution and treatment of the sequelae it causes.

💻 Pedalea contra el Ictus.

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The tenth edition of La Vuelta Junior Cofidis will be held in 2021

Ensuring the health of students, parents and teachers is the top priority of Cofidis and Unipublic who have decided to hold the event next year. The initiative, led by the financial institution as the main sponsor of La Vuelta, has already trained more than 225,000 children between the ages of 8 and 12 from all over Spain.

The current situation resulting from the pandemic and the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has triggered a whole change in priorities in Spanish schools, with the aim of preserving the health of pupils and preventing the appearance and spread of outbreaks. This same need to guarantee the well-being of students, parents and teachers has motivated Cofidis and Unipublic to hold the 10th edition of La Vuelta Junior next year.

The first round of this renowned and well-established educational project – which is held every year in parallel to the Spanish round – will take place on 14 August 2021, with the city of Burgos as the protagonist, from where the 76th edition of La Vuelta will start, coinciding with the 8th centenary of its cathedral.

Cofidis is leading the project of La Vuelta Junior as the main sponsor of La Vuelta. An initiative that involves more than 25,000 children from all over Spain, aged between 8 and 12, every year. It is an educational and sporting project whose main objective is to encourage good eating habits, sporting practice and road safety among the youngest. The Asociación de Ciclistas Profesionales (ACP), the Fundación Deporte Joven del Consejo Superior de Deportes, Unipublic –the company organising the Vuelta-, the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) of the Ministry of the Interior and the Alberto Contador Foundation are also collaborating in this project.

Through the so-called Aulas Ciclistas, the young people learn and put into practice values such as respect, effort and teamwork. At the end of this first theoretical phase, more than 1,500 children are selected to participate each year in one of the 10 stages of La Vuelta Junior Cofidis. In each task, the participants ride the last kilometre of the flat-top stages of La Vuelta, living for one day one of the great dreams of any professional cyclist.

The last edition of this programme saw the incorporation of the Alberto Contador Foundation into the list of entities promoting the project, as well as the launch of a road education campaign, led by Luis Ángel Maté, a cyclist in the Cofidis team, and the Directorate General of Traffic.

📷 Baixali Studio (1) / Cofidis Likes Ciclismo (2)

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Idemticos, new project of the Fundación Contador for the promotion of cycling among people with functional diversity

Let functional disability, whatever it may be, not prevent anyone from practising a wonderful sport like cycling. This is the starting point for Idemticos, the new project with which the Contador Foundation, thanks to the decisive collaboration of Cofidis, wants to promote recreational cycling among people with disabilities, both physical and mental, through the Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy.

The handbikes are the first vehicles in the fleet of adapted bikes that the Foundation is working on in order to offer the different groups that make up the functional diversity tangible access to the discovery of this sport. The activities are open to anyone, regardless of sex or age, and will initially take place during the opening hours of the Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy. Both tricycles and tandems will be added to the fleet in the near future.

Although the promotion of competition is not one of the foundational objectives of the Idemticos project, the Contador Foundation does take into account its importance as a means of achieving greater visibility, as a tool for greater standardisation and as a springboard for total integration into society.

For this reason, Idemticos will have the representation of several ambassadors whom it will support individually in the development of their competitive activity within their respective categories. The Catalan living in Granada, José Manuel Dosdad (1973) and the Madrid-based Carlos Javier Mozos (1975), Eva Moral (1982) and Gonzalo García (1996) are its members.

Eva Moral currently combines paratriathlon with cycling, where she competes in the WH4 handbike category. Gonzalo García, with cerebral palsy, competes with tricycles in the MT1 category. Carlos Javier Mozos, although suffering from a spinal injury, competes with a conventional bicycle in the MC1 category. José Manuel Dosdad, with a partial amputation of his left leg, competes in the MC4 category and also on a conventional bicycle.

Alfredo Sánchez, coordinator of the project within the Alberto Contador Foundation: “Every new project has an exciting component, but in the case of Idemticos we were talking about a really new initiative in the sense that none of these characteristics are linked to the reality of adapted cycling. We are convinced that our ambassadors are going to help us a lot to make it known while we help them to continue developing their sporting careers. We are all very keen to get started.

Francisco Javier Contador, Secretary General of the Foundation: “With Idemticos we are taking a new step towards the objective we set ourselves a few years ago of becoming, little by little, a comprehensive cycling project. We want this idea to include all the categories and their different modalities, as well as a transversal way through the involvement of different initiatives promoted by the Foundation”.

“Through this project we want to promote cycling among people with functional diversity, taking advantage of all the logistics provided by our Cycling School Plaza Eboli and generating a synergy between two of the Foundation’s lines of work in promoting our sport. Personally, I am particularly excited about its implementation because I believe that it opens up a new route, which does not yet exist, on the road to normalisation and integration”, he concludes.

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The project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA delivers about twenty bicycles to Alicante’s land

The spanish Foundation for the Analysis, Study and Prevention of Addictions (AEPA) was the latest institution to join a Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project that is gradually returning to normal after the whole period of confinement and setting up new deliveries of material.

On this occasion the donation of bicycles took place on land in Alicante. The day centres of the AEPA Foundation in the towns of Alcoy and Alicante were the recipients of an expedition of 22 bicycles which were delivered during this Friday by Ángel López, responsible for the logistics of the project.

The AEPA Foundation works to prevent and eradicate all types of additions and addictive behaviour from our society and has various programmes to stimulate and promote the social reintegration of all patients who struggle to overcome a drug dependency or addictive disorder, as well as having a team of professionals for psychological, training and occupational support.

Twelve of the bicycles were delivered to the Alcoy centre, while the remaining ten units travelled to Alicante city. This material will allow the monitors to reinforce their healthy leisure or abstinence maintenance programmes, among others.

Created in 1997 with a scope of action that is geographically centred on the Valencian Community, AEPA currently has four day centres in the Levantine region, three of which are in the province of Alicante (those mentioned in Alcoy and Alicante, and another in Denia) and one in Valencia (in the town of Alzira).

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The Dragones de Lavapiés receive sixteen bicycles from Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA

New normality, new donations. The project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA gave sixteen bicycles to the Dragones de Lavapiés (Dragons of Lavapies, into english), much more than just a sports club. “The idea of Dragones has always been to build community through football, taking advantage of the diversity of the neighbourhood,” said Jorge Bolaños, president of the club in a recent report published in Marca. The event took place on Thursday 2 July, in what was the first installment since the state of emergency was declared.

The Dragones de Lavapiés were born in 2014 with a clear vocation to stimulate the integration of the numerous immigrant families settled in the neighbourhood, without forgetting those who were socially excluded. Almost 40 countries are represented among the two hundred players distributed among the different categories, both boys and girls. There are dragons male. And there are dragons female.

Football activity has gone much further with the implementation of cultural and recreational activities with young people. With the cessation of economic activity due to the coronavirus, the club has become a channel of help for those most affected economically. The collateral damage of the health emergency. A great social work is that of the Dragons with which Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA has wanted to collaborate. The delivery of the bicycles, in which the preventive measures were not lost of focus, gave a very festive morning.

“Since Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA was born, we have distributed several hundreds of bicycles in Spain, Morocco and Senegal, and there have been many experiences and unforgettable moments. Very special experiences. But this visit to the Dragones de Lavapiés undoubtedly has a special place among them all. It is the first delivery of bicycles since the coronavirus outbreak. But also for discovering and thanking the great work that the Dragons of Lavapies do not only for their neighborhood, but also for society”, reflects Paco Romero, responsible for Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA.

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