Local Heart, Global Soul

December 18, 2017

The Love Affair With The Bicycle Continues Into The Weekend…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next village we ended up at during our driving tour was called Ulicoten.

Probably in no small part due to the flatness of the landscape, weekend cycling for recreation is a very popular sport in this part of the world.

Some people pack a thermos of coffee and a picnic lunch and take a leisurely tour, but racing bike groups are also very popular indeed.

The Tour de France and Giro d’Italia have a massive following in the Netherlands and there are plenty of (it appears to be mainly men) who don lycra in the weekends and speed through the countryside in packs.

Sometimes small roads are closed off as various groups race one another, during this afternoon’s car trip we easily saw six or seven of these groups.

Some are small, maybe ten members, others are groups of forty or fifty but the bigger groups are usually tailed out into a long string, the faster bunch at the front and several smaller groups trailing within a kilometer behind. One thing is for certain, let no one ever tell you that the Dutch ever get sick of their bikes or that they are only used for the daily commute.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. Ulicoten has beautiful buildings and countryside. Love how there is plenty of room set aside on the roads for the bikers. This must be a biker’s idea of paradise. You certainly manage to obtain wonderful photos while traveling through the village. Thank-you!

    Comment by Ellen — December 19, 2017 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

    • Ellen,
      Separated cycle paths are standard on at least 80% of roads in the Netherlands. It’s one of the reasons why kids can grow up cycling and continue to do so as adults, and even into old age.

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 21, 2017 @ 10:55 am | Reply


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