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TR Press UK - 15-07-2021
Team Rynkeby hit by wild weather in Switzerland
Team Rynkeby - hohes C Zurich is hit by a severe storm during the team's trip around Switzerland. The weather has, among other things, required a six-hour bus ride.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms, along with wind speeds of up to 135 kilometers per hour, have caused extensive damage and flooding in Switzerland.
From the Jura mountains in western Switzerland, thunderstorms swept east across the country, hitting Zurich particularly hard on Monday.
The charity cycling team Team Rynkeby - hohes C Zürich, which is currently cycling through Switzerland for the benefit of the Stiftung Kinderkrebsforschung Schweiz, ended up very close to the storm.
The team started in Zurich on Saturday, and after three good days in the saddle, the team was at a hotel in Airolo close to the Sankt Gotthard pass on Saturday afternoon when the storm broke out.
- We sat in the hotel and looked out the window and saw how violent it got. We were going over the Gotthard pass the next day, but it quickly became clear to us that it wouldn’t be safe, so we were ordered a bus that would take us safely over the pass, says Göran Håkansson, Country Manager for Team Rynkeby - hohes C in Switzerland.
However, the plan did not turn out quite as expected.
- When we were on our way into the bus on Tuesday morning, the police came and said that the pass was blocked due to rain and snow, says Göran Håkansson.
The Sankt Gotthard Pass is one of the most important crossings in the Alps, as it is located approximately in the middle of the mountain range. The bus, which should have brought the team over the pass, therefore had to drive around, which brought the team out on a good six-hour drive.
- However, we are all unharmed and in high spirits, so we take it as an experience, says the Country Manager.
Cycling for the children
The storm is not the only challenge that has hit Team Rynkeby - hohes C Zürich.
The team is part of the international Team Rynkeby project and were in fact to be on its way to Paris, where it was to meet with 58 other Team Rynkeby teams from all over Europe on Saturday.
However, that trip was canceled due to the corona pandemic, and therefore the Swiss team stayed at home in Switzerland.
The cancellation of the Paris trip and the violent weather, however, has not ruined the mood of the team, says Göran Håkansson.
- It has rained non-stop since Monday, but it does not stop us. It is the children with cancer that we dride for, so we ride on. But our spirits are high, we have a good service team and the team is riding well. So it’s absolutely amazing, he says.
Team Rynkeby - hohes C Zurich ends its trip through Switzerland on Saturday in Zurich. If you would like to be part of Team Rynkeby in 2022, you must write a motivated application on Team Rynkeby's website.