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RIDING NORTH – from Amsterdam to Hoorn

A car-free road, a sunny day and a tailwind!

A car-free road, a sunny day and a tailwind!


A cool but fine autumn day. Indian summer in Nederland. Surely it can’t last much longer. Must make the most of it. Drop everything. Get out on the bike.

There’s a stiff southerly blowing, adding a wind chill factor to the 10 degree temperature. I decide to ride with it for once, heading north out of Amsterdam, without any particular destination in mind. It doesn’t matter. This is classic North Holland countryside; fields cut by drainage canals, flocks of geese and families of swans, sheep and cows grazing…and a few one-off surprises. Continue reading

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MARKENMEER – a 170km cycling loop from Amsterdam

The road north out of Amsterdam



I set myself another cycling project this week – to ride around the Zuider Zee. 170km is further than I want to ride in a day, and a force 4 gale coming up from the south-west makes riding by the water tough at times.

Fortunately there are stations nicely spaced along the route, and trains with compartments for bikes shuttle back to Amsterdam a couple of times an hour. I can take it one day at a time. Continue reading

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CYCLING DUTCH STYLE – the Aussies check it out

Paul van Bellen (right) and his team road-test butterfly bars, Gazelle bikes, a cycleway and a genuine Dutch headwind.

This is a great project. Paul van Bellen is leading a group of 30 ‘thinking cyclists’ from Australia on a 500km ride through the Netherlands, on the way studying the infrastructure and culture of ‘the world’s #1 cycling country’. Continue reading

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