TR Press UK - 15-05-2018

Cyclist’s death leads Team Rynkeby director to make an urgent appeal

One person is dead and two seriously injured after an accident in a popular Danish amateur cycling race during the Ascension holidays. This has led Team Rynkeby Foundation’s director to make an urgent appeal to take proper care in traffic.

A 58 year-old amateur cyclist has died from the injuries he sustained during the amateur cycling race “Danmarks Højeste Motionsløb” (Denmark’s Highest Race) that took place on 10 May.

The cyclist apparently struck a pothole in the asphalt on a ramp that caused a puncture; he then crashed and his head hit the asphalt with such force that he later passed away from his injuries.

At another popular amateur cycling race, Grejsdalsløbet (Grejsdals Race), which is one of Denmark’s largest amateur cycling races and in which many current and former Team Rynkeby cyclists participate each year, two other amateur cyclists were seriously injured – one after a head-on collision with an oncoming car.

According to the police, the 35-year-old cyclist was in the wrong lane while passing other cyclists and hit the slow moving car head-on. The cyclist was reported on Sunday night to be out of critical condition.

Urgent appeal
There were no Team Rynkeby cyclists involved in any of the accidents, but the incidents have nevertheless shaken the director of Team Rynkeby, Carl Erik Dalbøge.

“Any news about amateur cyclists who are seriously injured in traffic causes shivers down the spine. It reminds one of how fragile life is and how bad things can be if there is an accident. It is just so tragic,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Therefore, in an appeal to both cyclists and motorists, Team Rynkeby’s director is urgently asking for everyone to drive according to the rules and to take it easy when venturing out onto the roads.

“The accident on 10 May shows how quickly accidents can happen if you are inattentive for a brief moment or driving without thinking. This goes for cyclists who take stupid chances and are taking up too much road, but it also applies to drivers who are in a hurry and who get too close. Just a small swipe can be a matter of life and death. Cyclists and motorists need to be better at taking care of themselves and each other – nothing is more important than us all getting home safely,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

Must follow guidelines
Through nearly 17 seasons, Team Rynkeby has been spared the worst accidents and that is how it should be.

This is why Team Rynkeby Foundation is trying to impress on its cyclists every year that the charity cycling team has the goal of being Scandinavia’s most considerate and law-abiding cycling team.

“We are by no means preaching to anyone and we also make mistakes. But it is extremely important for us that all our teams follow our road safety guidelines. Accidents cannot be avoided when you gather together a few thousand cyclists with varying experience each year and let them train a few thousand kilometres for four or five months before they embark on a 1,300 kilometre bike ride to Paris. But hopefully we can avoid the worst accidents if we use our heads and focus first and foremost on safety,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

This year, Team Rynkeby consists of 1,900 cyclists and 450 service volunteers distributed across 48 teams in six countries. Team Rynkeby will be cycling to Paris for the 17th time from 30 June to 7 July 2018.

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