Team Rynkeby is a Nordic charity cycling team. Every summer we cycle to Paris to raise money for children with cancer and their families.
Team Rynkeby was founded in 2002, when 11 amateur cyclists associated with Rynkeby Foods A/S decided to cycle to Paris to see the final stage of the Tour de France.
Rynkeby Foods was the main sponsor of their trip, which was also backed by other companies. In fact, the cyclists who joined the world's first Team Rynkeby team were so accomplished at finding sponsors that, when the team returned to Denmark just over a week later, the team had made € 5,100 profit.
Team Rynkeby donated their profits to the children's cancer unit at Odense University Hospital. A tradition was born!
1,600 cyclists in five countries
Today's Team Rynkeby comprises 1,600 cyclists and 400 volunteers, divided into 38 local teams in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Team members are selected from thousands of applicants, who have completed the application form on the Team Rynkeby website.
Every penny helps children with cancer
For almost a whole year participants must not only prepare themselves for the 1,200 kilometre trip to Paris but they are also obliged to do what they can to raise money for children with cancer and their families.
Rynkeby Foods A/S covers the primary costs of the project. This means that every penny that Team Rynkeby raises in each country goes to the local childhood cancer association in that country.
In 2015, Team Rynkeby raised just over € 6.45 million to fight childhood cancer in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.