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Videos: Windy weekend was perfect for Dutch National Headwind Cycling Championships

Third edition of annual event took place on Eastern Schelde storm surge barrier

Last weekend was a bit windy to say the least, as anyone who got out on their bike will attest – perfect weather, then, for the third annual Dutch National Headwind Cycling Championships.

Held on the Oosterscheldekering – the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, crossed by the Tour de France in July – the date of this year's event was announced just days beforehand once the looming storm was confirmed.

Forget roadies on aero machines – cyclists have to ride on single speed upright bikes supplied by the organisers of the event, which is sponsored by Eneco,

This video shows the faces of some competitors after their ride into the wind was over, while the one underneath, from last year, gives a clear idea of exactly what the riders have to contend with.





Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Chuck | 8 years ago
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Ha, it's cheered me up this morning that such a thing exists 

riotgibbon | 8 years ago

It looks like it finishes at the Delta visitor centre. Everyone should go there. As well as the astounding flood protection infrastructure, they have:

  • water splash park
  • seal show 
  • giant whale skeleton
  • hurricane simulator (really)
  • exciting diaromas, including my favourite, a duck nosing about in mud for benthic organisms
  • the always fun pully/lifting weights installations

It really is a proper day out. I've been twice, and still not fully partishipated in the many intereshting activities


they've got a boat!  Missed that ... must go back ...

Deac | 8 years ago

They should be wearing helmits, aero helmits, helmits,helmits,helmits that feels better.

Beaufort | 8 years ago

This looks like a brilliant event. 

Rupert | 8 years ago

Somebody will mention helmets in a moment

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