TR Press UK - 15-07-2017

Emotions ran high when Team Rynkeby reached Paris

Emotions ran high when Team Rynkeby concluded its 16th Tour de Paris to benefit children with critical illnesses earlier today.

Stage 7, Paris: Several thousand friends and family members had set up in the sunshine at 'Prairie du Cercle Sud' in the north-eastern corner of Paris when Team Rynkeby earlier today finished their 16th Tour de Paris to benefit children with critical illnesses.

The charity cycling team's 1,700 cyclists and 450 volunteers on 44 local teams from six countries have been on their way to the French capital for a good eight days, and the many friends and family members who were present created an unusually touching scene where emotions ran high, says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation.

"This is the culmination of many months of hard work. The participants have given a great deal of themselves to this project for a long time – they have worked hard with training several times a week – while they have raised a lot of money for sick children," he says.

"The arrival in Paris is the climax of a very long journey the participants have been on together with their teams. You become part of a close, unified community, and it's about to end – and combined with the reunion with friends and family, emotions run high," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

A good and safe trip
According to the Team Rynkeby Director, this year's Tour de Paris has gone exactly as expected before the trip.

"As usual, we have had some accidents that have caused a few bruises – it can't be avoided when there are so many people cycling so far together. But without the exact overview of the accidents, it's my take that we have had fewer accidents than before. The teams have had an incredible focus on safety, so also in this respect, the team captains and the coaches deserve a great deal of praise," says Carl Erik Dalbøge, who can't complain about the weather.

"The riders have had a little bit of everything regarding the weather. There has been wind, sun and rain – the weather has given the riders a reasonable challenge. And when the trip concludes with wonderful sunny weather like today, I don't think there are many who think about how much they suffered three days ago when the skies really opened up for an entire day," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

This evening, the 44 Team Rynkeby teams will celebrate the conclusion of the Tour de Paris in different venues throughout the city, and tomorrow most participants will head home or continue on to enjoy holidays with their families or friends.

At the end of September, Team Rynkeby Foundation will announce the amount of money raised by the 44 teams to benefit critically ill children across Scandinavia.

See many more pictures on the Team Rynkeby Facebook page at 11 PM tonight (July 15).










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