Fritz Dittmann

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“I am a bit of a success story I suppose. However I know that it's very easy to fall back into old habits and that is one of the reasons I have signed up for the mhealth tour!”

Rider in the mHealth Grand Tour 2014 - Barcelona to Vienna. 2300km ride, 33000m of climb.

I originally hail from more southern parts of the world having grown up and studied in Johannesburg.


I have been in the UK since 1998, during which I met an English rose, namely my wife Nicky and promptly made one, my daughter Amelia who is 10 going on 18 :-). ( just kidding she's a real sweetie, but knows exactly how to manipulate her dad)


My career has been spent in the medical devices industry selling first surgical instruments, later hips and knees internationally. My most recent work has been managing a team of sales people in far away places such as Russia, Dubai and South Africa.


Unfortunately it was during one of my many business trips in January that I developed my big thirst! I knew I had diabetes but put it off until April when I was confirmed with having Type 2 diabetes with a blood glucose of 19mmol/l.

Fortunately I was already training for a 300 km cycle ride to Normandy during this time, which I believe, together with the medication and aggressive dieting has meant that my blood glucose has normalised and I am off the medication.

I am a bit of a success story I suppose. However I know that it's very easy to fall back into old habits and that is one of the reasons I have signed up for the mhealth tour! I need to lose another 10kg


I would have done the whole ride from Barcelona to Vienna but family holidays have curtailed this plan so instead I'll ride the last two stages from Marseille to Vienna. In case anyone thinks this is a cop out I will continue on by myself (unless anyone cares to join me) to Munich - about another 500km along the Danube to be there in time for the start of the worlds biggest beer fest - the Oktoberfest! The aim is to enjoy one or two of the 6.1 million litres of beer that is consumed there during this festival annually!


I look forward meeting new friends on the ride and improving my health at the same time. Of course I am absolutely "bricking it" for some of those hills....I am a novice to cycling really.... having bought my racing bike late last year and only having done one long ride in the Normandy so far!

Then again as the old saying goes if it doesn't kill me it will make me stronger, and there is that extra carrot of a stein (Bavarians call it a Mass) of beer at the end!

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