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Uncover the Secrets of the Dutch Countryside!

Apr. 20, 2023 -

In preparation for this year’s Fietselfstedentocht (236KM), I took my bike and set out for an adventurous ride through half of the Netherlands. It was my first long distance ride after being infected with COVID. If you're considering a long-distance ride yourself, be sure to read along to discover invaluable tips and tricks from my experience.

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This felt as a fitting place for a little drink stop... Willemsplein in Arnhem!
This felt as a fitting place for a little drink stop... Willemsplein in Arnhem!
My heart rate during the 10 hour ride from Amsterdam to Hegelsom: note how I kept my heart rate relatively low during the first few hours!
My heart rate during the 10 hour ride from Amsterdam to Hegelsom: note how I kept my heart rate relatively low during the first few hours!
Last year's Fietselfstedentocht was an epic ride with my brother - a gruesome edition with plenty of storm and rain!
Last year's Fietselfstedentocht was an epic ride with my brother - a gruesome edition with plenty of storm and rain!
Follow road signs or use a GPS navigation system - whatever you do, make sure you have some idea where you're going
Follow road signs or use a GPS navigation system - whatever you do, make sure you have some idea where you're going
At about 80% of the route I really felt my legs and back complain... this bench was a welcome change for my bum on the saddle
At about 80% of the route I really felt my legs and back complain... this bench was a welcome change for my bum on the saddle
Beautiful scenery - long straights on dykes near Flevoland
Beautiful scenery - long straights on dykes near Flevoland

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