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TR Press UK - 06-07-2019
Eight days in the saddle are over – Team Rynkeby gets poignant welcoming in Paris
After eight days in the saddle, Team Rynkeby arrived in Paris today after its annual tour to benefit children with critical illnesses. And the charity cycling team received a poignant welcoming in the French capital
Paris, Stage 7: Several thousand well-wishers welcomed Team Rynkeby to Paris when the charity cycling team arrived around 13:30 to conclude its 18th Tour de Paris to benefit children with critical illnesses.
The crowd ensured a beautiful and touching backdrop for the 2,000 cyclists and 500 volunteers from 7 different countries who have journeyed by bike to the French capital over nearly 8 days.
”This is where it all comes together, what we’ve talked about for so long. The teams prepared for this tour for more than 10 months. They’ve raised funds, trained, organised catering and logistics, and they spent a lot of time together and became close – and suddenly it all culminates in Paris. It’s an extremely poignant moment for everyone,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation.
Experience the greatness
The participants are distributed across 54 teams which have taken different routes to reach Paris. So the arrival in Paris today was the first time that the cyclists and their friends and families could really get a sense of the actual scope of this project.
“It’s very touching for many to experience the greatness of the Team Rynkeby project,” explains Carl Erik Dalbøge.
”The teams live in their own little bubble for much of the season. And suddenly they’re standing in a park in Paris surrounded by thousands of people wearing yellow jerseys just like themselves, who have made the trip for the same reasons and for the same good cause. It suddenly dawns on many people what they’ve gone through and what difference it’s making for the critically ill children. It’s extremely poignant,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
A wistful feeling
In the hours to come, the Team Rynkeby participants will be checking into their hotels around Paris, where they will be celebrating their arrival.
”It’s going to be an evening filled with joy that the tour is completed – but it will also be a bit wistful for the team members. The last few weeks have been incredibly intense, and tomorrow morning they are going to wake up in their hotel rooms without having to put on their cycling wear and get on their racers. A lot of them are going to feel a slight sense of emptiness,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
At the end of September, the Team Rynkeby Foundation will announce how much money the participants have raised for critically ill children in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Germany.
If you would like to be part of Team Rynkeby in 2020, please apply by 25 August 2019 at the latest.
This text has been translated from Danish into English by AdHoc Translations.