The King of the Netherlands will open the Velo-City cycling conference on Tuesday 13th June next, in Nijmegen. For those of my readers who are not familiar with having a royal as the head of state, that is a very high and very unusual honour, making absolutely clear that the Dutch take cycling very seriously. I would have been present at the press conference last Thursday in Arnhem, when this was made public. But unfortunately, right at that time, there were some technical problems with railway switches around Arnhem and all train traffic was stopped. Stranded at just 15 kilometres from Arnhem, my train returned to Utrecht. Which meant I didn’t get the breaking news live, but the director of the Cyclists’ Union was so kind to tweet about it:
This news was picked up quickly and you could read about it all over the internet. But I can add a little fact to all that, that I haven’t seen published yet. After the opening ceremony in Nijmegen, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will also cycle a part of the high-speed cycle route from Nijmegen to Arnhem! The king has cycled all his life and so have three generations before him. His children cycle too. This gives me the opportunity to show you a video again that I made when King Willem-Alexander took the throne from his mother Beatrix, in 2013. A video about the cycling royals of the Netherlands.