Team Rynkeby is a Nordic charity cycling team. Every summer we cycle to Paris to raise money for children with cancer and their families.
Team Rynkeby was founded in 2002, when 11 amateur cyclists associated with Rynkeby Foods A/S decided to cycle to Paris to see the final stage of the Tour de France.
Rynkeby Foods was the main sponsor of their trip, which was also backed by other companies. In fact, the cyclists who joined the world's first Team Rynkeby team were so accomplished at finding sponsors that, when the team returned to Denmark just over a week later, the team had made € 5,100 profit.
Team Rynkeby donated their profits to the children's cancer unit at Odense University Hospital. A tradition was born!
Today's Team Rynkeby comprises 1,450 cyclists and 350 volunteers, divided into 32 local teams in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Team members are selected from thousands of applicants, who have completed the application form on the Team Rynkeby website.
For almost a whole year participants must not only prepare themselves for the 1,200 kilometre trip to Paris but they are also obliged to do what they can to raise money for children with cancer and their families.
Rynkeby Foods A/S covers the primary costs of the project. This means that every penny that Team Rynkeby raises in each country goes to the local childhood cancer association in that country.


The idea of cycling to Paris popped up back in 2001. A Rynkeby Foods employee, Knud Vilstrup, was diagnosed with COPD (smoker's lung). He wanted to do something to ensure that he was living a healthier life – although quitting cigarettes was out of the question!
He raised the issue at the Rynkeby Christmas party later that year. Knud Vilstrup asked Rynkeby's Technical Director at that time, Torben Møller-Larsen, if he thought it would be interesting to cycle to Paris to see the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées – and whether he would sponsor some juice for the trip. Torben Møller-Larsen agreed, on condition that he was allowed to join the trip.
After several abortive attempts, Vilstrup was given the go-ahead. He got plenty of juice sponsored for the trip, 10,000 AUD to start the project and was presented with a requirement: that there should be at least 10 cyclists on the trip. The team was formed during spring 2002 and named "Team Rynke". They were all ready to travel from Denmark to Paris later that year.
Knud Vilstrup's vague idea had become a reality.
Team Rynkeby was not founded as a charity project. However, when the cyclists returned home from their first trip in 2002, they had made a profit of 7,800 AUD and they decided to donate this money to the children's cancer unit at Odense University Hospital. Following their successful and very challenging trip to Paris, Knud Vilstrup persuaded Jørgen Dirksen, CEO of Rynkeby Foods A/S, to invest money in the project once more. This was the beginning of the charity project as we know it today.

Discover more about TEAM RINKEBY at www.team-rynkeby.com


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