The COVID-19 pandemic has had implications for people all over the world and is still ongoing. In the world of cycling these implications were, and still are, clearly visible, with all races cancelled and teams struggling to make ends meet.
For Danish Pro-Continental rider RASMUS QUAADE, reality hit hard when he was informed that he effectively wouldn’t have any financial income for the remaining year from his team, Riwal Readynez. In any household, an announcement of this kind would automatically raise concern, but in the home of Rasmus Quaade and Michelle Lauge Quaade they think differently.
When faced with no income you can choose to lie down and feel sorry for yourself or stand up and do something about it. Rasmus Quaade chose to change a negative to a positive and decided to go on a life-affirming journey from Copenhagen to Nordkap, the northernmost point of Norway, not with his wife but alone on his Larry vs Harry Bullitt cargo bike. Normally you would meticulously plan such an adventure, but Rasmus instantly made his decision and departed on the boat to Norway only two days later.
At GripGrab we strongly believe that cycling can change lives, so it was natural for us to support Rasmus in his endeavours. We met up prior to his departure in Copenhagen harbour. It was a moment of intense excitement and last-minute planning how to fit Merino Baselayers, gloves for various conditions and off-bike wear, onto an already stuffed cargo bike. For Rasmus it was also an emotional moment, saying goodbye to his wife, not knowing what lies ahead or how to even get back home with a cargo bike.
Over the next month, Rasmus will share daily reports on his Instagram account, in Danish, but on his return, we will do a more in-depth interview about how he reached the decision to ride to Nordkap, how it felt to make the journey, and if it changed his perspective on life, as a pro rider and in general – or not.
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