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TR Press UK - 06-10-2017
Team Rynkeby reveals the first picture of its new team racer
Bianchi delivers the most evolved Team Rynkeby racing bike ever. So says a world record holder and extreme cyclist on the charity cycling team’s new team racing bike.
He has cycled in some of the world’s toughest bike races: Race Across America, Race Around Ireland and Paris-Brest-Paris. He is the holder of six world records in ultra-cycling, and currently he is beginning his 10th season as team captain for Team Rynkeby Østsjælland. Christian Krause knows what he’s talking about when he deems that Team Rynkeby’s new team racing bike is the best yet.
“Team Rynkeby normally cycles with what we call a good ‘entry level’ carbon bike, suitable for most leisure cyclists. But with the new 2018 team racer, Team Rynkeby is getting a true racing bike that ranks a little above. Bianchi raises the bar once again to deliver the best team racing bike that has ever borne the Team Rynkeby name,” says Christian Krause, who served as technical advisor to Team Rynkeby Foundation during the development of this year’s team racing bike.
“Bianchi is building on the close cooperation we have had with them for several years, and they have acted on much of the feedback obtained from team captains last season – including narrower handlebars and a shorter stem on the small sizes,” says Christian Krause.
Popular frame with design boost
It is the seventh time that the Italian bicycle manufacturer Bianchi is supplying racing bikes to Team Rynkeby. And just like in previous years, this year’s Team Rynkeby racing bike is built on the popular Intrepida carbon frame with a full 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset and Shimano wheels.
“Both the frame and groupset work so well on the Team Rynkeby racing bike that I actually can’t see a big difference between the Team Rynkeby racing bike and the one I use for ultra-cycling. The new team racing bike is also built for long distance with a slightly higher head tube, so you get a little more upright riding position, and the carbon frame is really comfortable for riding. Team Rynkeby riders are really getting a bike they’re going to love,” says Christian Krause.
Compared to last year, the new team racing bike has also undergone minor design changes. The bike has become yellower in colour, the butterflies have been swapped out, and the rear stay now has the inscription ‘Riding for Children with Critical Illnesses’, since Team Rynkeby has broadened its purpose to include a wider group of critically ill children. The bike also features the ‘Team Rynkeby’ logo and ‘Team Rynkeby – God Morgon’ logo to show that Team Rynkeby is one single project, even though the project has two different names depending on which country you are in.
Bikes to be delivered earlier
“In addition to the technical and design improvements, Team Rynkeby riders can also look forward to this year’s team racing bike being delivered earlier than in previous years. The riders will take delivery of their racing bikes no later than 1 March 2018 – and deliveries are scheduled in such a way that the southernmost teams get their bikes first, since we must assume that outdoor training begins earlier in Southern Denmark than in Northern Finland,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of Team Rynkeby Foundation.
This year, Team Rynkeby consists of 1,900 cyclists and 450 service volunteers distributed across 48 local teams in six countries. The 2018 Tour de Paris will take place from 30 June to 7 July 2018.