Sports Events in Netherlands

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    Dutch Grand Prix...

    by arturowan Written Dec 5, 2014

    The Dutch Grand Prix has been held at Zandvoort 34 times, from 1948 - 1985
    The circuit set in the dunes on the coast near Amsterdam, has held every Dutch GP ever staged, only missing out on staging the event in 1954/56/57 & 1972
    Zandvoort began as a street circuit in the 1930's, but the roads forming what became the circuit were actually laid by the Germans during their occupation of the country...
    Being located beside a beach aside the windy North Sea, Zandvoort has always suffered from sand on the track, which under slick tyres is akin to driving on ice, so it has been a circuit with a reputation for spinning off cars...
    2 of the grimmest episodes in modern F1 racing occurred within years of each other at this challenging track...
    1970 - in the only year of the F1 World Championship to produce a posthumous World Champion, there was further tragedy for Piers Courage, who was killed after crashing at the Tunnel 0ost corner...
    (Although there were little remains of him or his De Tomaso car, entered by Frank Williams, after it exploded on impact. Courage, heir to the brewing-dynasty, had already been killed by a blow to the head from a dislodged front wheel - strangely enough, this was the identical event which killed Ayrton Senna, the only other driver to die in a car entered by Williams...)
    1973 - Zandvoort returned to the F1 calendar after a year's break, while the track was extensively modified with Armco barriers & a new pits complex was built...
    However, at Tunnel 0ost, Roger Williamson crashed & rolled the car, which continued to speed along the tarmac, upside-down - the friction from which ignited the fuel tank...
    The driver was trapped in the burning monocoque, beside a marshalls post, but those on duty just stood there with apathetic disdain, unwilling to aid the stricken Williamson, or even allow him to use their fire extinguisher...
    David Purley stopped on the track & single-handedly tried to pull his fellow Briton from the wreck, who was uninjured but unable to free himself from the upturned wreckage, but without assistance his bravery was futile...
    Purley later was awarded the George Medal for his efforts, which was screened live on tv, giving F1 a bleak reputation for its dealing with accidents, especially as the race proceeded unchecked, as the car burned-up...
    The CENAV company which owned the circuit, went into receivership after the 1985 GP - the company which bought the land in 1987, used the site for residential building, but some club racing still occurs on the remains of the track...
    The Netherlands as a country has been conspicuous only by its lack of competitors in F1 - 2 drivers have competed for their country to date;
    Huub Rothengatter, the last privateer in F1, who entered his own car in the mid-80's, but rarely qualified...
    Jos 'the boss' Verstappen, who was a promising star in karting, but never lived up to expectations in the mid-90's...

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    national sport

    by Igraine Updated Nov 3, 2013

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    When the winter comes, the weather forecast mentions frost, all dutch getting nervy. Shall it or shall it not, with hawks eyes we watch the water. When will it be thick enough to skate on??? That´s the only question that keeps us busy.
    And when it is right loads of us, young and old, go skating on the canals in the polder. Drink hot choco at the "koek en zopie" and green peasoup.

    Equipment: Your skates of course and warm clothes.

    this is what skaters want..
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    Football Euro Championship 2008

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Wish I were a football fan. I would have so much fun. Missing it all now because I don't care. But how true is this? When my country earns a place in the quarter finals of the Euro Champs 2004, I wear orange and cheer like the best of them!

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    Vierdaagse Nijmegen (Four Day March)

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The famous Four Days March where anyone can join in. And does! Not only Dutch people but from all over the world. Individuals and groups.
    It's always on the national news how people cross the finish at the end and how they suffered blisters during this major sports event :-)

    Get ALL the info how to participate and what it is at the link below.

    Equipment: Next event will be 15-18 July 2008

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    Pieterpad, long distance walk

    by ATLC Written Aug 26, 2010

    This is a north-south (or vice-versa) walking route in the eastern part of The Netherlands, nearly 500 kms long.
    Long distance walking is a very old tradition in Europe. But in our small country, this is about the longest route you can make (unless you walk in circles, of course!).
    Many of such routes are to do with very old commercial roads, or pelgrimages and such. These routes would exist for centuries.
    By lack of such a route in The Netherlands, there were 2 Dutch ladies who simply made one up! They walked and described the route between 1975-1981. So there will be a 30 year anniversary in 2011!

    The name Pieterpad is derived simply from the northern-most destination Pieterburen and the southern-most destination Pietersberg near Maastricht. Hence: Pieterpad.

    Equipment: You need a map of the route. Now, it is a bit protected, you will have to google quite deeply to find it but here is a google map route

    I am still in search for an English guide but if you want to walk the path, then buy these guides that include maps, from publisher Nivon.

    Just note that the path is changed and adapted often, due to changes in road works, etc. So an up to date guide is advisable.

    There are also accommodation guides and themed walks to do with birds, wines, etc.

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    Bicycle websites links

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    Dutch Cycling Association
    ANWB cycling section
    Dutch Tourist Organisation cycle tips
    Bicycle routes
    Vrienden op de fiets; outdoor activities
    Dutch World Cyclist Organisation

    "Fietsroutesknooppuntennetwerk info" Dutch only

    Cycling routes start page
    Cycling Route Planner (Province of Utrecht)


    Trekkershut or

    Bicycle gear

    Equipment: A bicycle

    Bicycles at Amsterdam Put the fun between your legs
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    Walking websites links

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 27, 2008

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    General links

    routes per regio
    Dutch tracks
    Dutch search site

    Dutch hiking site
    Worldwide trails

    General links
    Dutch mountain walking site
    Mountain hut accommodations

    General links

    Nordic gear
    Nordic gear
    Walking gear and surplus army gear

    Himalaya walks (and more)
    European holidays
    Walk in the Alps
    All kinds of walking holidays
    Desert holiday
    Walking for your health

    Talking Red arrows

    These boots are made for walking De Zitpijl - A talking arrow to rest at
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    Rotterdam Marathon

    by ATLC Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    This yearly marathon will next be held on Sunday 13 April 2008.
    The Rotterdam Marathon is known to be one where records are broken because the track is flat and fast.
    It's a huge event where many thousands come to look along the streets in Rotterdam.
    For the route see also the website.

    It's best to come by train this day. There can be traffic jams in and around Rotterdam on this day because of the marathon.

    Equipment: Come and watch or participate! Details on the website.

    (picture from website)

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    Sailing in the Netherlands

    by Luchonda Updated Sep 14, 2007

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    A lot of water, a lot of lakes, the Oosterschelde, Ijsselmeer - so a lot of reasons to go for a sailing trip, one day/weekend or even a whole week.

    Equipment: Most of the renting or training centers in the Netherlands are offering a complete equipment.
    Personal, extra clothing and food of course are not included

    Rent a sail boat Me Mr.Dave - ex prof sailor of the Withbread race Another perfect sailing couple, Joris&Eline Sail racing impressions - but the pic is by me
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    by ATLC Updated Jul 1, 2007

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    Fierljeppen is a traditional Dutch sport and it seems to be one of the most complex athletic sports. Why? I couldn't tell! Even pronouncing the word (it is Frisian) is rather hard for a local Dutchie. The Frisians have been doing this for a 1000 years, practically to be able to cross the streams between the grass fields.
    A jump consists of short and intense sprint to the pole (polsstok), jumping and grabbing it, then climbing to the top while trying to control the pole's forward. Then you jump off at the other end of the water if you're lucky. If not, you get wet.
    Tradionally, one jumps over a stretch of water to the other side. Which makes it even more spectacular to watch.

    Equipment: In Zwaagwesteinde (Province Friesland) you can do this sport. After instruction and practising a bit, you go for a walk and fierljep across the streams. At the end of the day you can participate in a competition. Costs: 15 euro per person including coffee/tea/cake and a prize for the winner.

    A record fierljep jump in 1969 (15 metres)
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    Hiking in Holland

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 1, 2007

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    The Netherlands appear to be a small and overcrowded country, however there still is quite a lot of nature to explore!

    On my Netherlands page you will find descriptions and links to websites with information about long and short hikes in the Netherlands.

    Although these sites are mostly in Dutch, you can easily find information about marked walking routes, for which you only need to know the starting-point.

    Hiking in Dutch nature Hiking in the Dutch dunes Is this what they mean with

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  • Racefiets in NL (Bicycle Training in Nederlands)

    by lekkerding_1 Updated Jun 21, 2005

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    I arrived in the last week of February to do a race in Belgium (Het Volk Ronde), but was snowed in New York and missed the event. I trained for 2 weeks in Holland; everyday was hedious conditions...snow, very strong wind, sleet. It was excellent. I came back to the states with weight loss and banged on form, thinking nothing of our bad weather in the states compared to Holland. Boy was it fun.

    My tip to racers. Utrecht region is all flat lands, but windy. Brabrant is in the southern part of the country and hilly (Valkenburg).
    Special lanes are designated for fiets, but I felt uncomfortable riding 45-50 kmh with pedestrians and commuting cyclist there.

    Equipment: Biking in Holland is second nature to most of the population. I noticed I was the only person in two weeks wearing a helmet. I noted some locals took it as geeky. Don't reduce yourself to a follow fashion monkey, wear your brain buckets in unfamiliar turf. Drivers can be sketchy at times on the road.

    Don't neglect your pump and tubes along with lots of GU. Some places are isolated and it's a haul riding rims on unforgiving brick.

    The train & bus terminals have locker stations for fiets (bicycles). Bikes on bus is a no no, but the trains are excellent for them. Ask conductor what car to enter with bike.

    Fiets Parking @ Bilthoven Station near Utrecht
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    Football Fever

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    The Dutch are football crazy! Holland introduced the idea of Total Football in the 70's (Cryuff, etc) and since then they have always been great to watch. They still have to win the World Cup but I think it will happen someday. Even the young ones are big supporters...

    Come off it ref.....

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    De Uithof

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jan 2, 2005

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    Looks like people of The Hague and its surroundings really like winter sports. This is another indoor wintersport center, and it is located in the Royal City The Hague, just 15 minutes by tram from the center.
    Except from skiing and ice skating, karting and rock climing are available.
    One huge restaurant is decorated for Christmas 365 days a year and creates Winter atmosphere all year round.
    In the nearby park you can experience mountain biking or just take a walk on a nice sunny day.

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    by ATLC Written Nov 14, 2004

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    This is quite a new game, a variation on the original golf game.
    Preferably you trudge the Dutch grasslands on wooden shoes (but Wellies are allowed) and you hit an oversized tennisball with the club which consists of a stick with a small wooden shoe at the end of it.
    Farmers Golf was developed by farmers in the north of the country. They never have time to play golf, found it too upmarket anyway, and they own the necessary land. So there you go, try it! At the link below you'll find several locations where you can play boerengolf.

    Equipment: An oversized tennis ball and a wooden shoe on a stick

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