Cycling for charity with borderless Internet

Every summer, Team Rynkeby’s cyclists get on their bicycles to raise money for children with cancer and their families. But this is not your ordinary ride through the park – this charity event numbers some 1,600 selected cyclists from all over Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Faroe Islands who embark on the demanding 1,200-km route to Champ-de-Mars, Paris.

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The history of this special charity event goes back to 2002. Last year, Team Rynkeby raised over 6 million Euros from sponsor donations. It’s a serious undertaking, and not for the faint of heart; with participants expected to cycle at least 2,500 km to get in shape before for the trip, with an army of 400 volunteers providing logistical support to ensure everything runs smoothly over the course of the demanding eight-day ride.

To help them keep in touch while on the road, UROS donated a Goodspeed mobile broadband device to one of the 30 cyclist teams. The device provided fast, convenient internet access all along their route through five countries: Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

“Probably the most useful thing about our Goodspeed was that it gave us online connectivity for our sat nav – we downloaded updated routes to our cycle computers,” says Ville Wallenius, one of the cyclists. “It also provided internet access to multiple phones and tablets for updating social media posts and web streaming both on road and off – live video was streamed to Facebook via the Goodspeed device tucked away in my frame bag.”

Ville used a single Goodspeed device, shared amongst three users. He comments, “It connected without a glitch, and we had plenty of data to go around for all of us. It was really easy to use, and worked great on the border crossings – actually, we wouldn't have even noticed that we'd entered a different country had it not been for the change in car number plates.”

According to Ville, battery life was more than satisfactory, and the Goodspeed device was simply charged overnight at the hotels where they stayed.

“Without Goodspeed, I would have probably purchased some prepaid SIM cards, or used my mobile to share a hot spot with the others – but this would have been much more expensive,” he says. “Goodspeed saved us quite a bit of money, and made things easier by providing Wi-Fi during our entire journey.”

“Using Goodspeed was a truly positive, problem-free experience,” says Ville. “I will definitely suggest it to the other teams for next year, when we hope to do the ride again.”

- Hanne @Uros