Tagged: Holland

Chantal Blaak Ronde van Drenthe 2018 1

Women’s Ronde van Drenthe 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Compared to some of more recent races, this Sunday’s Ronde van Drenthe (17th March) has more of a history in the women’s racing calendar having been raced since 2007. There’s only been one multiple winner in all that time – Marianne Vos (unsurprisingly). The pretty much flat parcours has seen sprinters often finish highly although if a strong enough group gets away on the double...

It's the Amstel Gold Race windmill!

Cycling Brussels to Cologne – First Touring Experience

Birmingham to Maastricht At the start of the year we came up with a plan to visit Cologne for a beer festival and combine it cycling somehow. Not wanting to waste time cycling from home we took the Eurostar to Brussels to head off from there. It meant leaving home at 5am to head into town, briefly smashing one of my panniers on a bollard...

Alpe d'Huez Dutch Corner Orange Tour de France

The Dutch Yellow Jersey Drought

The Netherlands has a rich cycling history with various Grand Tour winners and at home, a cycling infrastructure that is the envy of the rest of the developed world. Yet somehow, a surprising statistic is that the Dutch find themselves not having worn the yellow jersey since the 1989 Prologue stage. The support on the 7th hairpin, now known as Dutch Corner, on the Alpe...

Miffy Nijntje Cycling Bike Hill Mountain

Miffy at the Tour de France

Miffy the Rabbit This year the Tour de France starts in the Dutch city of Utrecht – home of Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy (or Nijntje in the original Dutch) the rabbit. The simple drawing of a cartoon rabbit is found throughout the city with traffic lights using her image as an Ampelmann and a whole square dedicated to her too (the name of the...