TR Press UK - 16-07-2017

Team Rynkeby Foundation director: "The team's preparation paid off"

Team Rynkeby Foundation Director Carl Erik Dalbøge takes a look at this year's Tour de Paris. The team's extensive preparation helped ensure a fantastic experience for the participants, he believes.

The next day, Paris: After eight days in the saddle, the Team Rynkeby caravan arrived in Paris yesterday. With that, the charity cycling team's 16th Tour de Paris to benefit children with critical illnesses is at an end, and for Team Rynkeby Foundation Director Carl Erik Dalbøge, that means it is time to take stock of this year's exercise and charity project.

"We have good reason to be satisfied," he says, and continues:

"This year's tour shows that we succeeded in preparing and fine-tuning many details that mean that the overall experience was excellent for the participants. Many of the teams also have a lot of experience, so they know exactly how the tour should go, where the stops should be, what the riders should have to eat, where the lorries are placed at the hotels, how the routes are planned and so on.

A lot of details have been worked out, some of which were impossible to predict if you don't have experience – it's almost as though nothing could go wrong for the teams because they were so well-prepared. And that means that it becomes a much better tour for everyone," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Riders with energy to spare
According to the Team Rynkeby Director, the team's preparation was also a significant reason that Team Rynkeby cycled to Paris this year without any serious incidents.

"Naturally that is our greatest fear, that we will experience serious incidents. When you have 1,700 riders cycling for 8 days, accidents can't be avoided, nor can you avoid people getting hurt, but luckily we were spared the worst things," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

"I have found that this year's Team Rynkeby was made up of the most well-prepared participants ever. When you're in good condition and have energy to spare, then you're more attentive and make fewer mistakes – and you also have a much better experience and a more social tour," he continues.

Revitalising the project
When Team Rynkeby arrived in Paris yesterday, it was the first time that the charity cycling team had arrived without the major parade tour through Paris where all Team Rynkeby teams ride together to the finish area.

That's because Team Rynkeby wasn't granted permission this year due to the security situation in Paris, which meant that the teams arrived at the finish area separately instead of as a group. "But it didn't take away from the experience," Carl Erik Dalbøge thinks.

"Last year we were already having trouble getting 1,500 riders into the 'Prairie du Cercle Sud' at the same time, and this year we had 200 additional riders. We can naturally improve the arrival, but in general the concept worked well. People arrived with tears in their eyes and they were really moved. It was a beautiful day for Team Rynkeby in Paris yesterday," says Carl Erik Dalbøge, who after the summer holidays will begin a major initiative to revitalise the Team Rynkeby project.

"We'll be spending the autumn to assess what we do, and the way in which we do it. We'll use the momentum we have right now to ensure continued progress – in terms of participant satisfaction, number of participants and funds raised. We're entering an exciting time," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

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