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The Special Olympics are very close to our Delawarean hearts. Over the past few weeks, more than 100 of us dedicated one day to volunteering for this great cause. We wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain and show you what it’s actually like to spend a day helping out at the games. That’s why we’ve asked a couple of our co-workers what tasks they were given on their Special day.

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The World Cup 2014 for soccer is already a thing from the past. I look forward to another World Cup being held in 2015: rugby!

The rugby term ‘scrum’ is already well-known in the world of IT. The use of the term is embedded in several aspects of project management. It basically means sticking your heads together to brainstorm or to provide updates on specific topics. But did you know there are more aspects of rugby that can be compared to our business?

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Today, we all woke up early. The first bus to Kortrijk already departed at 6 am. The drive was smooth, and the final cyclists arrived around 6 pm in Kortrijk. We were welcomed by some enthusiastic colleagues.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Delaware Consulting ProCycling team in the past days. We especially want to thank the people from Group Ghistelinck, for the superb cooperation.

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Aready 3 cols are completed. Today we are heading for Italy, especially for the ladies in the ProCycling team. We left sunny Briançon, and climbed the Col de Montgenevre, to arrive in Bardonecchia in Italy. In this beautiful village, we enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch. When everyone was recovered, we headed for the Col de l’Echelle. This tough col surprised us with a heavy downpour. The descent in the direction of Briançon was freezing. After the 90 km, everyone was happy to arrive safe and sound in our wonderful residence. After a refreshing shower, we enjoyed our “last supper”. Again, it was a heroic day for the magnificent Delaware Consulting ProCycling team.

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Monday morning. The sun is shining, and we are ready for the start of a heroic day for the Delaware Consulting ProCycling team. On the schedule: an 80 km ride. Starting from Briançon, we have the Col du Lautaret to warm up, and after that, we have the Col du Galibier to conquer. With our incredible team spirit, everyone reached both tops. We were exhausted, but extremely satisfied. Thanks to the magnificent downhill of the col de Lautarat, we returned in Briançon at 2.30 pm to have a bite to eat. Back in our residence, the owners of our accomodation surprised us with a delicious raclette and stone grill. This promises to be a wonderful evening.

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Sunday morning. And it really was a sun-day morning in Briançon! After a hearty breakfast, we all gathered at the foot of the Col d’Izoard. Starting from Briançon, the climb is 20 km. We began the climb at 9.30 am. It was wonderful: splendid panoramic views in a beautiful scenery. Around noon, everyone had reached the peak, at a height of 2.360 m. This is team spirit at its best! We strengthened our inner selves in the Refuge Napoleon, on the Col d’Izoard. At 2 pm, the time had come to start the dangerous descent. All arrived safe and sound in Briançon, where we celebrated our first top class col in an appropriate manner.

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This morning, at 7.30 AM sharp, everyone arrived at Kapel ter Bede, our Kortrijk office. After some trial and error – and some destruction work – we managed to get all bikes in the VITO vehicles. After the smooth ride, we all made it safe and sound in our magnificant residence in Briancon.

Everthing is fine, except for the weather. It is raining cats and dogs here. We hope for more ideal cycling weather tomorrow.

On the schedule: the Col d’Izoard, that’s why we are going to bed early this evening. See you tomorrow!

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Author: Ludo Stockman. Unfortunately, Ludo has no Twitter account yet, but you can follow the adventures by the accounts of Folker Lamote (@‏FolkerLamote) and Stefan Dupont (@stefan1302)

On the 24th of August, 25 Delawarians will be heading to Briançon (France) for a 3-day biking adventure in the middle of the mighty Alps.

ProCyclingTeam_IntroDelaware Consulting has an annual tradition of organizing a trip to the mountains in August. Every employee can join, no matter what your team, your level or your condition is. For the first time, 2 female colleagues will participate. This expedition gives the opportunity to get to know each other in different circumstances than in the office. The cross team presence gives us a unique chance to get connected. During the year, a Microsoft AX colleague doesn’t have a lot of contact with a SAP colleague, as they don’t have common projects. And when do you have the chance to chit-chat with a partner? 2 partners are joining, so we will have plenty of opportunities now. And the way to the top is long, so there will be no issue of time…

Briançon is a nice little town in the south of France, not far from the Italian border. The landscape is breathtaking. The main goal is to climb the Galibier by bike. Not just the Galibier, but also the Col du Telegraphe will be conquered. 35 km of pleasure! Some have already climbed these mountains and they all agree: this is one of the most beautiful mountains to climb by bike in the Alps. Once you reach the top, it was worth every km, every kick and every drop of sweat.  And once we are tired of the Galibier, we still have the Lautaret, the L’Izoard , the Granon, etc.

Daily, we will post some pictures and a short coverage of what we have done, so check this blog to stay tuned (and maybe join us next year?).


Author: Stefan Dupont. You can follow Stefan on Twitter (@stefan1302) or connect with him on LinkedIn

It is quite a challenge if you have to prepare yourself to run 20 km. It involves drawing up a training schedule, and maybe even changing your diet. The farming families in Benin face a different challenge though.

Only a couple of years ago, rice was a luxury product for many families in Benin. The last years, however, the rice production has become increasingly important for the farmers. The demand for it from people in the cities has grown as well. To make sure the farmers can meet that demand, Vredeseilanden has been supporting farmer organizations for a couple of years now. This allows them to put the best quality rice on the market. In the future, the farmers want to continue professionalizing their work.

On Sunday 26 May, more than 40 Delaware Consulting runners ran the 20 km of Brussels for Vredeseilanden, to offer a better future to the Benin rice farmers.


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Author: Elke Weytens. You can follow Elke on Twitter (@weytense) or connect with her on LinkedIn

“If you can motivate at least 20 colleagues to participate, Delaware Consulting will support your sports event”, answered our CEO, Jan Delaere, enthusiastically to our request to register a company team for the 10 Miles of Antwerp. Team spirit and commitment are highly valued in our company, and what better way to stimulate them than in a healthy sports competition in the very city where we have one of our offices?

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