With their own mascot, themed weeks during the championship and staff who really motivated their team to cycle, the staff at Kløfta bo-og aktivitetssenter in Norway is this year's winner!
"No one becomes a star on their own". Where this quote originally comes from, is unknown. But, it is still relevant in all contexts that have to do with sport. The support team is crucial for whether you are going to perform well on the football pitch, in the gym or on a bicycle. And for the cyclists in the Road Worlds for Seniors, it is also absolutely crucial.
Facilitation, follow-up and motivation are the key words to be able to achieve success!
During RWS 2022, there have been many good candidates for the award "Crew of the Year" from Australia, UK, Canada, Norway and the many other nations that had teams registered. We at Motitech have heard of, and we have received many good tips on which team to choose.
After several rounds of considerations, the choice finally fell on the staff at Kløfta bo og aktivitetssenter in the east part Norway.
- This was awesome. Road Worlds for Seniors has been a lot of fun and it's great to receive such an award. We are humble and proud, the employees say.
I am not standing here as the winner, we are all winners. I stand here as a winner against myself. I have set myself goals along the way and I have reached those goals. And it's huge!
Motivation is the key word
Kløfta had a lot of focus on facilitating and encouraging cycling sessions. The Kløfta team used tips from other Motiview-users such as organizing themed days with food, culture and cycling. For example, they enjoyed “Oktoberfest” in Germany with beer and cycling to German Motiview-videos, French day with Motiview videos from France and good wine, and of course, an Italian day with Bruschetta for lunch!
They have also had the mascot “Ulven” (which means “The Wolf” in Norwegian), kept the team spirit high making fun jokes during the championship.
- We are actually very surprised at how many people have taken part in the cycling sessions. We hadn't thought that before we started. In the end, there were over 40 cyclists. We actually had to buy an extra bike because we had so many queues for cycling, says Tone Hovden Busch.
One of those who allowed himself to be lured into cycling is Martin.
- Basically, I wasn't going to ride a bike at all. I didn't think I had the breathing capacity to cycle because of the illness I have, but we have Hege... (employee). She set me up in an hour and it actually went well. I've been cycling ever since, says Martin, who was recognized as the house's best cyclist - despite starting a week later than the others!
With delicious drinks, marzipan cakes and coffee, the celebration lasted for several hours with large groups of proud cyclists with medals around their necks and certificates on the table. Afterall, it is of course permissible to celebrate oneself after such an achievement - both for cyclists and the support team!
- The competitive instinct of the cyclists was really awakened in the competition. They have always been concerned with where we are on the results lists and it has been fun”, smiles Busch, who adds that the most important thing has been to beat the Swedes.
- And we did it!
More internal competitions are now planned throughout the winter to get even more residents on the bikes.