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TR Press UK - 26-08-2019
Record number of applicants for Team Rynkeby
A record number of people want to cycle to Paris with Team Rynkeby in 2020. This was apparent after the Team Rynkeby Foundation closed applications for the charity cycling team this morning.
3,225 people have applied to join Team Rynkeby, which during the next month will select the teams that will be cycling to Paris next year to benefit children with critical illnesses.
The number of applicants is slightly higher than last year and thus the highest ever for the charity cycling team.
And this progress pleases Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation.
“I’m incredibly happy to see that the interest in being part of Team Rynkeby is increasing internationally. Our ambition is that we will have more teams in more countries in the coming years, so it is important for us that we see progress in those countries where we have not been represented for as long,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
Fewer will (perhaps) be refused a place
But the record number of applicants doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be harder to get a place on Team Rynkeby.
“The applicants are more appropriately distributed this year compared to last year. This year we’ve had more applicants in countries where teams have been a bit thin in the past. At the same time, there hasn’t been the same progress in the countries where we’ve previously given many rejections – including in Denmark. So I hope that we will give fewer rejections than was the case last year,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
Answers will be received on 4 September
Team Rynkeby’s local team captains have already started to read applications, and on 4 September 2019 before noon, all applicants will receive an answer as to whether they will proceed in the selection process.
“Our team captains have a number of requirements that they must meet in selecting the teams. Among other things, they need to ensure a rational gender and age distribution. At the same time, there should be a good mix of people with different career and educational backgrounds,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge and continues:
“But first and foremost, the team captains need to create teams that work well together socially. After all, that’s what is most important when people will be spending so many hours together in the coming year,” he says.
Team Rynkeby expects to select around 2,100 cyclists and 550 service volunteers for 57 local teams.