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TR Press UK - 16-08-2019
I made 100 new friends – in the yellow jersey, we’re all the same
It doesn’t matter if you are a 25-year-old warehouse worker or a 77-year-old company manager. When you pull on the yellow jersey, we’re all the same. Two of Team Rynkeby’s younger participants are in agreement on that.
Three times Linus Davidsson has pulled on the yellow jersey and aimed his front wheel towards Paris to cycle all the way as part of Team Rynkeby – God Morgon Helsingborg.
The 25-year-old traffic manager from Helsingborg is driven by the community spirit of the local Team Rynkeby – God Morgon team, the work for the Swedish Child Cancer Foundation, and of course the challenge of cycling over 1,300 km in just eight days.
“It gives you incredible energy when 50 people are working together to achieve the same goal. Not only do we need to be capable of cycling to Paris, we are also fighting together to set new fundraising records for the Child Cancer Foundation,” he says.
“Over the past three years, I’ve made 100 new friends in the Team Rynkeby project, all of whom share an interest in cycling and raising money for children with cancer. I’ve also developed as a person and as a cyclist,” says Linus Davidsson, who, despite his young age, has come to play a central role on the local Helsingborg team – including as training manager and what’s known as the ‘road captain’.
We’re all the same
The team responsibilities mean that Linus often has to lead people who are much older than himself and who have higher positions in the business world.
But that doesn’t bother the young charity cyclist.
“On Team Rynkeby we treat everyone the same way, whether you’re a 25-year-old warehouse worker, a 77-year-old company manager or a 44-year-old nurse. We’re all the same when we wear the yellow jersey, and we’re all working together for the same goal. That’s one of the things that makes the project so unique. There’s an amazing team spirit and a special kind of community – everyone, regardless of age and background, is important to the success of the project,” he says.
Just like a family
Jonas Reinholdt Albjerg agrees.
The 31-year-old senior manager has made the trip to Paris twice with Team Rynkeby Ringe, and although there are several teammates who are younger than him, he is still one of the youngest on the team. But that doesn’t bother him.
“You’re a part of the team no matter what your age, and we help one another. Actually, age means very little. Some teammates say things like ‘my kids are your age’ or ‘I could be your mother, you know’. But that being said, you’re all just friends on bikes and the conversations flow before, during and after the trip to Paris,” he says.
However, Jonas Reinholdt Albjerg would like to see more young applicants join next year’s trip to Paris.
“Young people should apply to join because it’s truly one of the greatest experiences. You show up for the first meeting in September and you don’t know a soul. And nine months later you’re in Paris with loads of new friends and strong relationships. We’ve seen each other being pushed to the extreme, sweating like pigs on our bikes and maybe also having a few bad days now and then. But you really find your strength in Team Rynkeby. As early as day one, you’re part of a family that takes care of each other,” says Jonas Reinholdt Albjerg.
If you would like to be part of Team Rynkeby in 2020, please submit an application for a place on the Team Rynkeby website by Sunday, 25 August 2019 at the latest.
Photo: Linus Davidsson (left) og Jonas Reinholdt Albjerg (right)