TR Press IS - 09-07-2021

Team Rynkeby with high expectations before national Tours

Long-term preparation culminates in week 28, when Team Rynkeby's 59 teams move out on national tours to raise funds for children with critical illnesses. The expectations for a memorable week are huge, says the CEO.

For the second year in a row, the charity cycling team Team Rynkeby must raise funds for children with a critical illness without the traditional trip to Paris as the culmination of the project. And for the second year in a row, it is the global corona pandemic that has put an end to the trip going south. But according to the CEO of the Team Rynkeby Foundation, Carl Erik Dalbøge, this year still differs markedly from last year. The coming week's national tours in the participating countries are in fact associated with high expectations and will undoubtedly be an experience of a lifetime.

"This year it is the joy of anticipation that fills us, and we are in a completely different place than last year," concludes Carl Erik Dalbøge, just before the 59 teams go on the move. "The original plan was - of course - to ride to Paris, and therefore, no matter how we look at it, it is a new plan that we have to ride around nationally. But this year, I find that the joy of what lies ahead is far greater than the disappointment of not being able to ride to Paris. So it is a new plan A, not a plan B, "he says and continues:

"This year we are really well prepared. All the country managers and team captains have done a fantastic job of putting national tours and good routes together. Among other things, we have a German team that ends at the Brandenburg Gate. We have a great joint start in Copenhagen Zoo and a team that sets out in LEGOLAND, just to name a few examples. So we are absolutely convinced that all participants get an experience of a lifetime.

Greater visibility than ever before
With the presence of the many teams locally, the big bicycle culmination of the year also gives significantly greater visibility than usual when the teams as a yellow organism move south in the direction of Paris. This means that more attention will be given to the Team Rynkeby project in the current eight participating countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Germany and Switzerland than usual, and this could benefit on several fronts.

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“I am particularly committed to the fact that this year we will be more visible in all our respective teams' home countries than ever before. To that extent, we get to show the project and get the light on the project that it deserves. This applies both to the project's fundraising and in general, but it also applies in terms of recruiting and welcoming new riders and service staff for next year. That is a big plus in an extraordinary situation,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Responsibility as role models
However, the CEO also reminds us all, that with the greater visibility also comes a great responsibility, which the several thousand riders and service staff must all help to carry:

“It is, for example, about our behavior in traffic and that we do not leave rubbish where we ride. We have always had a strong focus on this, but it is also clear that with greater visibility on the road nationally, a greater obligation and a greater responsibility to show ourselves as the role model we want to be follows, ”he reminds us.

Expecting more funds
Compared to last year at the same time, it also looks really good now with the money raised. So Carl Erik Dalbøge is optimistic that the total exceeds last year's total of 8.8 million. Euro.

“The corona pandemic has also complicated things this year, but compared to last year we are ahead in the fundraising. There are generally many good and creative ways to raise funds, and in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, and thanks to a lot of excellent work from everyone involved, we have delivered a strong result at Team Rynkeby School Race. This contributes to the fact that I overall expect us to exceed last year's result, ”says Carl Erik Dalbøge


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