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Senior Manager at Darwin Recruitment helps raise 46,000 on the legendary hairpins of Alpe dHuez

Senior Manager at Darwin Recruitment helps raise 46,000 EUR on the legendary hairpins of Alpe d’Huez

As part of team Carpe Diem, Darwin’s Netherlands Country Manager cycles up the famous & lsquo;Tour de France’ mountain, multiple times, in aid of The Cancer Foundation charity.

The Alpe d’Huez is climbed by thousands of cyclists every year but it’s not everyone that chooses to do this multiple times for charity. Starting at 4.00am for the big breakfast to fuel the legs, Derk Rijntjes, a Senior Manager in Darwin, raised 46,000 Euros as part of the team, and with the help of Darwin, made a personal contribution of 6,000 EUR. “This is an amazing achievement for someone who is a casual cyclist and we are very proud of Derk. It demonstrates one of Darwin’s core strengths - grit and determination of its employees”, says Paul Kirby CEO, Darwin Recruitment.

The first climb started at 5.15am, and after21 turns and 15 km of climbing was completed in 1 hour, 45 minutes. As everyone knows who have done similar challenges for the first time there is no such thing as enough training for this monster mountain. With legs feeling like cement and his body feeling the full force of every pebble hit, Derk packed away 8 pancakes, 6 energy gels, 10 power bars, 3 banana’s and 10 litres of energy drink managed to get a massage for his cramp, and grab a shower along the way, finally completing at 19.45.

“l knew that I would not get past the first hurdle without a good cause pulling me up. This was about the charity, not the pain”, says Derk. Weighing in at 96 Kilos and not built like the average Tour de France cyclist, Derk can recount every twist and turn of four climbs and has the pictures to prove it. “I can’t wait to do it all over again. But next time I might put in a few extra hours of training” says Derk.

Darwin opened its first European office in Amsterdam in October 2011 and is now set to expand this further. With plans to have a presence in its 8 core territories within the next three years, Germany and Switzerland are imminent.


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