Author Topic: Dutch National Headwind Championships  (Read 825 times)

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Dutch National Headwind Championships
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:38:55 am »


There's an orange alert for high winds, trains are cancelled, the UK is currently experiencing flooding and much storm damage.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands someone has the bright idea "Lovely weather for a bike race"

Over in Zeeland today they are holding the Dutch National Headwind Championships. On one of the big delta work dams cyclists will compete to ride as fast as they can into the wind.

But it's not as simple as that, these aren't cyclists turning up on their ultra aero, carbon fibre wonder machines, no. Each competitor is provided with a Dutch city bike, complete with lights, rear rack, and chain guard. They then ride these identical machines into the wind.

The event has no fixed date, they have to wait for the wind to be strong enough, and in the right direction, you usually get about 5-6 days notice.

You can get live info from twitter at:

https://twitter.com/NKTegenwind


I love the Dutch!

J
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Zed43

  • prefers UK hills over Dutch mountains
Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 04:09:01 pm »
Even the Dutch had to yield...

The organisers had to cancel the event with 15 of 20 teams still waiting to ride because the road authorities closed the road, making it impossible to ferry the bicycles back from finish to start.

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 04:17:27 pm »
Even the Dutch had to yield...

The organisers had to cancel the event with 15 of 20 teams still waiting to ride because the road authorities closed the road, making it impossible to ferry the bicycles back from finish to start.

Wow. The Dutch do have limits... Bravo for trying to organise the event anyway!

J
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http://b.42q.eu/

Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 05:29:01 pm »
All individual riders could start though, it was only the team event that was affected.

Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 08:53:34 am »


Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2020, 12:46:28 pm »
And Tom Scott turned up in his warm coat with a very fluffy microphone...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VMinwf-kRlA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/VMinwf-kRlA&rel=1</a>
https://youtu.be/VMinwf-kRlA
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: Dutch National Headwind Championships
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 12:49:44 pm »

Wondered how long it would take for this video to get mentioned here.

Every bloody messaging platform I'm on, as soon as that video came out, someone has been sending me a link to it.

Grrrr.

J
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