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TR Press UK - 07-07-2018
Thousands of people gave Team Rynkeby a warm welcome in Paris
Team Rynkeby received a warm welcome in every way when the charity cycling team ended this year’s trip to Paris today.
Stage 7, Paris: Thousands of friends and family members of the Team Rynkeby participants created a beautiful and touching backdrop on ‘Prairie du Cercle Sud’ in the northeast corner of Paris, when Europe’s largest charity cycling team completed its 17th ride to the French capital for the benefit of children with critical illnesses earlier today.
And it wasn’t only the many friends and family members who travelled here who ensured a warm reception for the record Team Rynkeby field.
The weather in Paris also showed its most summery side.
“This year’s tour has been the hottest ever. We have simply been so fortunate with the weather. And that it stayed with us all the way into Paris is just the icing on the cake. We couldn’t have hoped for more,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, director of Team Rynkeby Foundation.
A sense of kinship among the teams
The record Team Rynkeby field this year consisted of 1,800 Team Rynkeby riders and 450 helpers across 48 teams from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
The teams started their journey towards Paris in 38 cities a little over a week ago and have followed different routes, so the day’s closing event was the first time that all teams were assembled.
“I find that there really has been a sense of kinship between the teams throughout the Nordic region this year. You wear the same jersey and pedal for the same cause – and it makes no difference whether you come from North Norway or Southern Jutland. It is beautiful to see how the community really comes into being on a day like today,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
The Team Rynkeby participants and their families and friends will be celebrating this evening’s arrival at various dinners around Paris, and tomorrow the participants will start to go their separate ways.
“It will be bittersweet for a great many participants. You become incredibly close to each other when you sit on the bike and cycle for a good cause. The participants have had some rather fixed routines for more than a week and it takes some time to come out of them. Many will wake up in their hotels tomorrow and feel something of a void,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
“Tomorrow, many of the participants who, before the trip, were unsure whether they would return next year, will go on our website and write an application. This project really gets under your skin. And once you’ve experienced an amazing ending like today and greeted some of the children we ride for, it’s difficult to say goodbye. We hope that a great many will return in the new season,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
Team Rynkeby will present the funds it has raised to children with critical illnesses at various events in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland during September.
If you would like to be part of Team Rynkeby in 2019, please submit your application here.
This story has been translated into English by Semantix Translations Denmark A/S.