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The Winter Warmer
Cycling in a northern climate in winter can be a challenge. Rumour has it that it rains, snows and can be quite unpleasant. What better time for a short cycling break ?
As any cyclist knows, winter can actually be a fabulous time to cycle. You keep warm, vary your speed and distance according to conditions and visit warm cafes and restaurants.
We are running a "Winter Warmer" in Drenthe, the Netherlands over the long weekend of Friday 9th January to Monday 12th January 2009. Drenthe is the Cycling Province of the Netherlands, and the ideal location for such a ride because it is always a pleasure to cycle here. We will also cross the border to the neighbouring provinces of Groningen and Friesland.
We'll be riding to cosy cafes and visiting all you can eat restaurants.
Our rides will be along bike paths and through woods. Along dikes and across bridges. To farms and monuments.
Because this tour is aimed at keen cyclists who have an interest in the environment for cycling, there will also be a short form of the Study Tour presentation, and some discussion of infrastructure design will be a part of this tour.
We will have a fixed base for the weekend, so the bikes will be lightly loaded.
This holiday is aimed at cyclists who would like to do something a little different over winter, who would like to get a bit of exercise in pleasant surroundings. Perhaps you've holidays that need using up. We'll cover daily distances of up to around 65 km / 40 miles a day at a steady but not fast pace. It is not a race and we won't be leaving anyone behind.
Exactly which destinations we visit and how far we go will depend on the people who come along and on the weather. Possible destinations include:
We will expect to ride on every day, but of course it is also possible to take a day off if you prefer.
Why here at this time of year ?
We can't offer the best January weather in the world, but we can offer the best conditions for cyclists at any time in the year. Cyclists are really taken care of in the Netherlands. Facilities are excellent for cycling, and they're very well maintained. Look out for vehicles de-icing the cycle paths.
Cafes which cater for cyclists remain open through winter and are very welcoming to cyclists who want to warm up.
Winter in 2007/2008 was spectacularly pleasant. All the photos on this page (excluding that at the top) were taken during the winter of 2007/2008. The photo of me cycling alongside the canal was taken during a 60 km ride on the 13th of January 2008. There was enough of a chill to need a wooly hat, but the conditions for cycling were wonderful.
If you bring you own bicycle,
in order that that the holiday goes without any snags we
ask that you please make sure in advance that it is well maintained,
possibly by asking a bike shop to service the bike. Also, we
ask that you carry with you any required spare parts and that
you consider how you will carry your day luggage on the bike.
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Links to information about some of our previous cycle tours:
John o'Groats to Land's End - 2006.
Holiday in Lincolnshire - 2000.
Netherlands cycle racing holiday - 2002 & 2003.information on our other tours...