11 Steden tocht by tandem

One of the 11 towns

One of the 11 towns

Some may know the ’11 steden tocht’ as a skating race on the canals in Friesland when the weather permits.  I think the last time it was raced was 1998.  It is +-230 km on the canals and dykes.

It is also ‘available’ for cyclists, vintage cars, motor-bikes and almost anything else you can imagine.

We have been planning to ride this route for about 15 years and this last long week end we eventually got around to doing it!  On our tandem, of course.

 

The data:

292 km (we did a day tour on Terschelling which isn’t part of the 11 Steden tocht.

134m ascent (yes, Friesland is FLAT!)

16 hrs ride time.

It was a great 4 days, although we had to fight against storm-force winds on Friday and Saturday (up to 60km/h head-wind) as well as rain on Saturday.

Some of the photos are here