ESGO Awareness Activities

Ride 4 Women Awareness Bridges Continents in 2016

An ambitious bicycle tour across 7 countries from Vienna to Istanbul inspiring women for a conscious and healthier lifestyle


ride4women_logo2Ride 4 Women is a women's cancer awareness initiative of an annual bicycle tour, in cooperation with ESGO and ENYGO.

The annual bicycle tour is aimed at setting an example and focus on informing women about female cancer, early detection, diagnostics, treatment options, and lifestyle management to encourage women to do a physical activity and a balanced diet, thus actively help to reduce the number of deaths related to women cancer and to prevent gynaecological diseases.

Ride 4 Women "Be active - choose life" bicycle tour campaign


On MaBosporus bridgey 1, 2016 Ride 4 Women started in Vienna and went via Hungary, Croatia to Belgrade, where ESGO Past President, Prof. Vesna Kesic, hosted a women´s cancer awareness event.

The ride continued to Bulgaria and Greece and finally ended up at the famous Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, where ESGO President, Prof. David Cibula, and Vice-President, Prof. Murat Gultekin, and the Turkish health minister welcomed the participants of the ride.


ESGO increases public awareness together with national societies, local partners and Health Ministries


12233The Ride4Women annual bicycle tour, this year linked Vienna with Istanbul, a 1800+ km tour with multiple riders, media presentations, press conferences, public talks to increase awareness with the slogan

“Be faster than cancer – together!”




Highlights from the awareness activities in Serbia

Prof. Vesna Kesic, together with the Serbian Society of Colposcopy and the Cycling Association of Belgrade with support of the Ministry of Health prepared an amazing welcome for the cyclists in Serbia.

A series of public events aimed at spreading information about cervical cancer screening enjoyed full media coverage. Read the full report here.

As cervical cancer is a preventable and totally curable disease, when it is diagnosed at early stages, ESGO believes that increasing public awareness on cervical cancer prevention will ultimately make a difference on cancer survival.

Local cyclists including pre-schoolers as well as a 94-year-old Olympic champion accompanied the Ride4Women throughout Serbia.


13256180_1628872590769699_2484300308344279553_nHighlights from the awareness activities in Turkey

At the same time, Pembe Pedallar (Pink Pedals), a cyclists’ movement from Ankara, started their journey to Istanbul, in order to greet the Ride4Women at the Bosphorus Bridge, which was lighted up pink to remind the public about the importance of prevention and screening of women’s cancers.

The bridge was also pedestrianized the next day in order to let the cyclists pass from Europe to Asia.

Ankara-Istanbul stage was supported with the participation of 2016 Balkan Track Champion and Turkish both men and women National Cycling Teams.

Full media coverage and governmental support from the Turkish Ministry of Health were a part of the gathering as well.


ESGO would like to use this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all sponsors who supported these extraordinary and very important activities.



Be active and join the next ride 4 women tour! 
It doesn’t matter how many stages you ride: the important thing is taking part.


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