Vandersanden Group employee to cycle the Tour de France for charity


It's partly a personal dream he has always cherished, and partly it's for charity. He has found the ideal ambassador for this spectacular initiative in cyclist Karsten Kroon.

As a passionate cycling lover, every year Bart has made an effort to find an amazing cycling challenge. But the challenge for 2013 exceeds all previous years. Despite his limited cycling experience, this summer he will be cycling the full Tour de France, just one day before the official Tour de France stages start. 3,360 km and more than 50,000 altimeters await him in the 100th Tour de France; so a lot more strenuous than previous years.

But there is more to it than that. Bart will be coupling his cycling challenge to charity and has set up the project “Le Grand Rêve”. With this project he hopes to collect money for the Ronald McDonald House in Arnhem (NL). The Ronald McDonald House offers parents a place to stay so they can spend time with their seriously ill or disabled child during long hospital treatments. Normally a child's birth and the first years of its life are the happiest times for a family, and the Ronald McDonald House tries to make families as comfortable as possible. The immediate reason for this cycling challenge is Stef Onstein, the son of Bart's Dutch colleague Fenke and her husband Jeroen. Stef was a very premature baby. For a long time his parents feared he would be too delicate to live independently, but he pulled through, for a large part thanks to the care and affection they received at the Ronald McDonald House. Bart has decided he wants to link his dream to this charity, so that one day many other children will have the chance to make their dream come true.

The ambassador for Le Grand Rêve is cyclist Karsten Kroon of Team Saxobank Tinkoff: “A Ronald McDonald House offers the parents of seriously ill or disabled children a home from home. As the father of two little girls, Sammie (6) and Lene (5), whom I both adore, I can imagine how important this is. Parents need to be with their children, especially in difficult times. Bart Gregoor conceived this brave and ambitious plan to cycle the Tour de France to raise money for this amazing charity. I am only too happy to support his plans by becoming the ambassador for “Le Grand Rêve”. I hope that many cycling fans and people with a heart for children will help Bart to collect as much money as possible.”

Bart will be starting his project and his long tour through France on Friday 28 June. People who wish to follow or support Bart, can do so through the website www.degrotedroom.com or by going to Facebook on www.facebook.com/legrandreve2013.

Good luck, Bart!