TR Press UK - 11-07-2016

Sleeping in 17,000 beds on the way to Paris

More than 6,700 working hours are spent to ensure a bed to sleep in each night for all participants in the Team Rynkeby Tour de Paris.

Stage 2, Bremerhaven: While the riders and service people are on the road for Stage 2 of Team Rynkeby's Tour de Paris, the Team Rynkeby travel agency, Ørslev, is working flat-out to coordinate the hotel stays for the days to come.

Each night, Team Rynkeby clocks 1,900 beds in 28 to 33 different hotels. For the entire Tour de Paris, the charity cycling team spends no fewer than 17,126 nights in 209 different hotels to accommodate the project's 1,500 riders, 400 service people, and their friends and family in Paris.

"The logistics surrounding the Team Rynkeby tour have become rather a large-scale task. "The teams mostly stick to smaller roads and try to stay out of major cities. "For this reason, most of the hotels we use are smaller and privately owned establishments, which we have to visit to ensure that they can offer the right framework for the teams," says Ole Pedersen, director at Ørslev, who explains:

"The hotels must be centrally located in smaller cities. "They must be of a good standard, and there must also be parking space for the service cars – which for many of the teams also include 16-18 meter long refrigerated trailers requiring three-phase power. There is an incredible amount of detail to see to," says the director.

6,700 hours
The Team Rynkeby project keeps 2 and a half employees busy all year round at Ørslev. For this year's Tour de Paris, no fewer than 6,700 hours were spent planning the Team Rynkeby journey down through Europe.

"Since May we've sent and received over 11,000 emails concerning Team Rynkeby, and naturally we're along for the trip itself with our own little office bus that follows the teams. "Right now we're planning the logistics for the Maastricht stage, where we have 800 participants staying at the same hotel on Wednesday," says Ole Pedersen.

240 duvets along for the ride
The Team Rynkeby project has also meant that Ole Pedersen paid a visit to JYSK to purchase some duvets.

"Many of the French hotels use double duvets, and we can't offer those to the Team Rynkeby participants. "So we've bought 240 single duvets for this year's tour. "The duvets will be donated to the homeless after the tour, and we'll buy new ones next year," explains Ole Pedersen.

Follow Team Rynkeby's Tour De Paris live on www.team-rynkeby.com/live.

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