A View From The Cycle Path)
Drenthe, the world’s cycling province. Now recognized as the first ever UCI Bike Region
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Why we came here
People occasionally ask us why we chose to live in Assen, capital of the rural province of Drenthe in the North of the Netherlands, when we could have made our home in one of the better known Dutch cities in the South.
As we had our own business we were free to go anywhere. We were not forced to choose any particular location due to our employer. This location was not arrived at by chance: we spent many years researching the Netherlands and visiting different parts of the country, always looking for the right place for us to move to.
One of our most important criteria was that our new home had to be in a place which was exceptional for cycling because quite apart from that being pleasant for ourselves, we were already planning to run study tours and organise cycling holidays a long time before we moved here. It would have made no sense to do either of those things from an inferior location.
The Netherlands leads the world in cycling, but cycling infrastructure across the country is not the same everywhere. Both Assen and the countryside around the city are exceptional for cycling even when compared with much of the rest of the Netherlands. That’s why we came here.