A View From The Cycle Path)
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Fiets4daagse – a Drents phenomena
|What do you get ? A flag for your bike, and a card to get
stamped at each organised stop.
|A four day organised bicycle ride, the Fietsvierdaagse, is organised in Drenthe every year. It’s a social event, not a race and around 15000 people take part each year. A variety of different length routes are available every day, varying from 25 km for the RollOn Route (aimed at people with disabilities and guaranteed accessible by any type of assisted bicycle) through to the 100 km Sport edition. It’s something to look forward to every year and we’ve taken part in this event most years that we’ve lived in Assen, usually taking our time and riding one of the most popular distances (40 and 60 km each day).|
After the 50th edition of the Fiets4daagse, our local TV station made a really nice documentary last year (in Dutch of course). This features footage from the first event, in 1966 with just 239 riders up until last year. Look out also for such things as footage of cycle-path construction in the 1960s, members of the royal family taking part and “borrowing” a large decorative steel bicycle from elsewhere in the country: