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Pedalling against childhood cancer

On 28 June marketing director Kevin Hægeland and country manager Kristian Mikalsen will be setting off on a 1,600 km long bike ride from Oslo to Paris to raise money for the child cancer charity Barnekreftforeningen.

“I expect there will be sore legs and days when we don’t want to get in the saddle, but that’s part of the game and a challenge that I appreciate. And of course, it’s going to be a unique sense of comradeship and an incredible experience to cycle through six countries”, says Kevin Hægeland.

Team Rynkeby – God Morgon is a Nordic charitable cycling team which every year cycles to Paris to raise money for children with serious illnesses. Participant numbers have increased year on year since it all began in 2011, and consequently also the money raised.

Team Rynkeby – God Morgon currently comprises 2,100 amateur cyclists and 500 helpers from 54 local teams in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Germany.

Last year more than NOK 9 million was donated to research on childhood cancer in Norway. Fibo sponsors the two local teams from Agder and Oslo that Hægeland and Mikalsen represent.

“I've seen Team Rynkeby – God Morgon on the road before, so I knew what it was about. When Kevin mentioned last year that he was going to take part, I thought that was really cool. And if my contribution can make life a little bit easier for a child, then it’s worth it,” says Kristian Mikalsen.

Mikalsen and Hægeland's teams will be taking different routes to Paris, where everyone will arrive on 6 July. They are curious how their bodies will respond to the long days in the saddle but know how to find strength on the uphill climbs.

“For me this is very personal as my son was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. It also motivates me to keep fit and do something good both for myself and for others,” Hægeland says.