Yes we all know that the Netherlands is pretty flat. But this ride is the real deal if you want to be impressed how awesome it can be to ride this flat country. But don’t be mistaken, because you are riding the dikes along the Markermeer. So for this ride the weather conditions determine how big of challenging the ride can be. We chose to suffer…..
The first 85 km were set against an average of 36.5, so then you know the hardest part is yet to come. Our turning point was at Enkhuizen.
We just crossed the 26km long dike Markerwaarddijk
Our speed was immediately pushed back to 20km/h. The wind forced us to ride diagonal on the dikes. And it was a fight to keep riding with wind gusts of more than 50 km/h being thrown at us. We even got a thumbs up from an oncoming cyclist and an old man mentioned we were going in the wrong direction. Indeed it was just a turn around and the wind immediately got us back at 40km/h. Besides that, our ride also included some heavy rain showers.
The ride itself is great. Riding dikes, country back roads in the polder and even crossing Amsterdam, our Dutch capital. But choose wisely in which weather conditions you wanna ride, or in other words, choose your level of suffering.