RSM students use Pyrenean pedal power to raise funds for cancer research

In the depths of last winter, 50 students started training on stationary spin bikes in the gym on campus at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). This week, they depart for the rocky hills and heat of Huesca in north eastern Spain to cycle approximately 2,000 kilometres in 21 days to raise money for a cancer research charity based at RSM’s sister institute, the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Huesca, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, is a regular destination for RSM students. Traditionally, groups of 50 RSM students head there every five years because it’s the place that gave its name to a mixed male-female student fraternity at the university and the Huesca cycle expedition is a great bonding event for sporting activities. Most students taking part this year had never cycled more than 40 km in a single day – this month’s expedition will see them cycling 120 km every day for three weeks.


Donation target

This year, the money the cyclists will raise will go to the Daniel den Hoed Foundation, which supports cancer research at the Erasmus Medical Center Cancer Institute; this institute bases research and treatment on customised treatments based on the latest scientific findings. The cyclists have already reached their target of €10,000 in sponsor pledges, and they hope to raise the total even higher and are therefore seeking more donations. They’ll be keeping their supporters updated with regular  blog posts and on their Facebook page.


RSM supported the students in their efforts to raise money for charity by offering them free use of the Erasmus Sports facilities as they trained. The students also used the ‘VLS University Tour’  in May – in which hundreds of cyclists pedalled between Erasmus, Leiden and Delft university campuses – as part of their training. We wish them success!

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.


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