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Can I take part?
When does Team Rynkeby cycle to Paris?
The trip to Paris is in the first week of July. The teams start on Saturday or Sunday in week no. 27 and arrive in Paris on Friday in week no. 28.
How to join Team Rynkeby
You must complete the application form on our website. Click here for the application form.
Why aren't all applicants allowed to join Team Rynkeby?
We want to make absolutely certain that Team Rynkeby is an unforgettable experience for all participants and that the project doesn't drown in its own success. We ensure, for example, that participants receive their bicycles and sportswear in good time and that we can find hotel rooms of a reasonable standard for everyone. In other words, we don't want the team to get too big so that the logistics become insurmountable. We also believe it is important that all the participants are well acquainted with the project's goals and values and that we ensure the continuity of the project.
When will I receive a response to my application?
The deadline for applications to join Team Rynkeby in 2019 is 17 August 2018. You will be notified if you are through to the next phase of the selection process on 4 September 2018. All the teams for the 2019 trip will be selected by 1 October 2018.
What does it cost to take part?
In 2018, it costs DKK 18,500 to take part as a Team Rynkeby cyclist. The price covers the cost of a carbon bicycle, sportswear, hotel accommodation and meals. There may be extra costs (usually DKK 2,000-5,000) to cover winter sportswear, cycling shoes, cycling eyewear, training trips, ferry tickets, additional overnight accommodation and the trip home from Paris. Volunteers pay DKK 3,600 to take part.
Do I have to find sponsors before I can be selected to take part?
All Team Rynkeby participants are obliged to do what they can to raise funds to help critically ill children. Some participants have easy access to companies who wish to sponsor the project – others will find sponsors more difficult to find. We have no predetermined sum which the individual participant is expected to raise. We just say that everyone should do what they can.
Is there a team in my local area?
In 2018 Team Rynkeby is represented in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. There is a complete overview of teams on our website.
Can I set up a team of my own?
Every new Team Rynkeby team is set up on the basis of a local initiative. Please contact Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation, Carl Erik Dalbøge, to discuss the options.
My company wishes to have its own team – Can we do this?
Team Rynkeby has only one corporate team, Team Rynkeby Rigshospitalet in Denmark. Although we have no plans at present to run more corporate teams, we do not discount the possibility. Please contact Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation, Carl Erik Dalbøge, to discuss the options.
How do I make sure that I make a good application to Team Rynkeby?
We believe it is very important that all our participants are dedicated to our cause. It's a good idea to tell us why you want to take part. It is also a good idea to tell us how you can contribute. Are you an experienced amateur cyclist? Are you in contact with an interesting sponsor? Or are you a dab hand at repairing bicycles, writing blogs or producing video films?
How can I be certain that you have received my application?
When you have completed and submitted our application form, you will receive an email receipt. If you do not receive an email, it may have been redirected to your spam filter. Alternatively, you may have given us the wrong email address. Either way, you are welcome to complete and submit the application form once more.
Do I have a better chance of coming on the Tour de Paris next year if I have applied before?
No. We do not keep statistics over previous years' applications. The team captains assemble the best team they can, based on the people who have applied to take part in the relevant year.
Is it likely that both I and my girlfriend will be chosen to take part in Team Rynkeby?
It's difficult to say. Your applications will be evaluated separately so you will not be considered a group or couple.
Is there an age limit for joining Team Rynkeby?
To take part in Team Rynkeby, you must be at least 18 years old. We have no upper age limit. The minimum age of 18 has been determined because we wish to ensure that everyone can take part in the team's social activities.
How much do I have to train?
Team Rynkeby expects every participant to have completed at least 2,500 km of cycle training before Tour de Paris.
Can I use my own bicycle?
Our cyclists are only permitted to use an official Team Rynkeby racing bike. The bicycle is part of the package you buy when you apply to join Team Rynkeby. You can of course keep the bicycle after Tour de Paris.
Are there extra expenses for equipment?
If you have never ridden a bicycle before, you will find that there are certain extra expenses in addition to the participation fee. For example, you will need cycling shoes, cycling eyewear and possibly extra sportswear to use in connection with spinning/winter training. There will probably also be costs involved in maintaining the bike.
Can I keep the bike after the trip?
You buy the bicycle and therefore keep it after Tour de Paris.
Tour de Paris
Do all the teams cycle together to Paris?
Each team cycles its own route to Paris. Some teams start together in the same towns and will follow more or less the same route to Paris. However, for practical and safety reasons, the teams cycle separately all the way to Paris. The teams meet on the seventh and final stage in the centre of Paris.
How long is the trip?
The distance between Denmark and Paris is about 1,200 km. The route is covered in seven stages. Some teams will run a prologue the day before the official start. These teams cycle in fact over a period of eight days. The shortest stage is about 100 km and the longest is about 200 km. The exact distance covered during the trip depends on the route covered by the individual team. View Team Rynkeby Ringe's route here.
How fast do you go?
Team Rynkeby's trip to Paris is not a traditional cycle race against time. It is a challenging cycling trip for amateur cyclists and everyone can join. The teams normally achieve an average speed of about 25-28 kilometres per hour.
Ask a question
If you have other questions, you are always welcome to contact us. For example, you can write your question on Team Rynkeby's Facebook page. We will respond within a short time.