Sports Events in Netherlands

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    Zoetermeer

    by Nathalie_B Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    Yes you can ski in The Netherlands! Not everything is flat here. The indoor wintersport town has 3 ski slopes with 8 lifts, restaurants, shops, and even ski school! Great experience, but don't expect the slopes to be to high.
    See more info at here

    Equipment: Everything can be rented at the snowword, even clothes!

    With my friend Nina
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    • Skiing and Boarding

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    Bicycle websites links

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    BICYCLE:
    Dutch Cycling Association
    ANWB cycling section
    Dutch Tourist Organisation cycle tips
    fietspad.nl
    fietsen.123.nl
    fietsroute.org
    Bicycle routes
    Vrienden op de fiets
    oppad.nl; outdoor activities
    Dutch World Cyclist Organisation

    "Fietsroutesknooppuntennetwerk info" Dutch only

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

    MOUNTAIN BIKING:
    mtbroutes.nl
    happy-mtb.nl

    HOLIDAYS:
    Trekkershut
    fietsvakantiewinkel.nl
    cycletours.nl or cycletours.com
    biketravel.nl
    Fiets-Fun

    GEAR:
    Bicycle gear

    Equipment: A bicycle

    Bicycles at Amsterdam Put the fun between your legs
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    • Cycling
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

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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)

    ROTTERDAM MARATHON
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    • Trains

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    Getting Fit

    by angelis Written Feb 16, 2003

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    I think I was the fittest I have ever been during my 9 month stay in Holland. Having no car we cycled everywhere; to work, to the pub, to friends. It wasn't even that hard going. Holland is just so flat. The biggest "hill" I ever came across was where the road rose up the side of the dijk and down into the holiday village that we first stayed in.
    Cycle paths abound in Holland. Sometimes they even take a more direct route than the roads by cutting across country. Car drivers are extremely respectful of the cyclist. I was told that this is due to heavy fines imposed on drivers that don't respect cyclists rights. Any driver involved in an accident with a cyclist is assumed to be in the wrong ( apparently).
    If you plan to take young kids cycling, Holland would be a good place to start. Dutch families go out in bike convoys. One time I saw a Dad with two older kids in front, one small child beside him on a tricycle (with a long handle so Dad could help to steer her ) and Dad was also walking the dog; quite a feat, but not an unusual sight in Holland.

    Equipment: All equipment, including the bikes, can be bought or hired at reasonable prices in Holland. There are bike shops in every town and most villages, or there will be a local resident "expert" who fixes bikes for a sideline and can probably help you with any repairs/queries.
    Even in summer a light macIntosh is useful for short showers. In winter gloves, hat and water proofs are advisable.

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    Iceskating

    by ATLC Written Oct 20, 2002

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    A real Dutch pastime is iceskating for all ages. Preferably on natural ice. People have been skating in the Netherlands for centuries. When the Spanish occupied the country during the 80 year war, the Spanish soldiers wondered about all those women that skated and knitted at the same time.

    Equipment: Friese doorlopers are wooden skates that you bind under your shoes. They are one of the oldest version of skates. I used to have them bound under my red boots. The leather laces would come undone all the time. Huge bother! But generally they are easy to skate on as they are not as high as the modern iceskates.

    Other versions are "Noren" (Norwegian skates for speedskating) and kunstschaatsen (skates for icedancing).

    Friese doorlopers
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    Sjoelen

    by ATLC Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    I enjoy this game immensely. It's fun, a real family and friends game and can turn out to be a hard fought competition.

    In The Netherlands, the game Sjoelen came about probably in the 19th century. Thirty disks are aimed down a six foot table. You have to try to get them through four arches numbered 1 to 4 at the other end. However, you have to attempt to get an even number of disks through each arch because each set of disks in all four compartments scores much more.

    It's a family game!

    Equipment: The most famous manufacturers of Sjoelbak boards are Homas and Schilte, both of whom mass-produce the game in continental Europe. Dutch toyshops will sell them.

    SJOELEN
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    Klootschieten

    by ATLC Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    This is a tradition sportsgame popular in the region of Twente.
    Two teams of 6 players each.
    The equipment is a wooden ball made of very dry wood with a center of lead and the size of approximately a tennisball.
    Every player throws the ball two or three times in turn and the team that has covered the longest distance this way, has won.

    Equipment: A similar game played in north Germany is bosseln.
    See my Riepe page for a lot more pictures and info!

    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2bf0c/614b/

    klootschieten
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel

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    Fierljeppen

    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.
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    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.
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    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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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel
    • Family Travel

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    Sauna's, steambaths, hammam, etc.

    by ATLC Written Nov 2, 2002

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    Not typically Dutch, but a good % of our population is from a Mediterranean or Asian culture.
    Please visit my The Hague tips for a story about my first hammam (Turkish bathouse)experience.

    Equipment: I do have a sauna at home but this hammam thing was something new. Take along a toiletbag filled with creams, oils, scrub, shampoo and anything to pamper the body, a towel, a robe,, slippers and spare underwear.

    hammam
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    Skûtjesilen

    by ATLC Updated Nov 12, 2002

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    The skûtsjes race captivates all of Friesland every year. Anyone who has any feel for sailing will follow the race between old freight ships.
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    Skûtsjesilen is synonymous for racing with old freight ships. These were flatboats that were built around 1900 to transport peat, manure and other freight from farm to farm. These flatboats had to sail in undeep canals. That’s why the boats were long and flat.
    During the race a skipper could earn a few cents more by taking out all the furniture from the boat. There would be races when freight transport was low and the farmers would have other things to do than arrange a freight for a skipper.
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    Pubowners with a commercial mind would organise these races during yearmarkets. The prizes would be given in the pubs and of course the winner would have to buy rounds.
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    Skûtsjesilen and the appearance of the motor even leads to the loss of many skûtsjes.But luckily there are still people that want to keep the tradition. Towards the end of the Second World War, the skûtsje-fanatics start organising races again. Now, nearly 60 years later, the sport is as alive as ever.
    ( text from website translated by me, photo also from website)

    Equipment: To see more of this major sailing event, go to the Friesland page and travelogue of VT member carolineraat:

    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1dce1/31c/

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    SAILING
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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    Elfstedentocht (skating)

    by ATLC Written Oct 21, 2002

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    The Elfstedentocht is a speed-skating-tour of 200km along 11 cities in the province Friesland. No more than 16000 skaters can participate to ensure that the natural ice will hold.
    Every year the Netherlands waits with baited breath if there will be enough frost for the tour to take place.
    If you finish the tour (never mind if you came in last) you get the Elfstendenkruisje, a medal.
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    The tour goes along:
    Sneek 22km. IJlst 26km. Sloten 40km. Stavoren 66km. Hindelopen 77km. Workum 86km. Bolsward 99km. Harlingen 116km. Franeker 129 km. Dokkum 176 km. Leeuwarden 200 km.

    Equipment: Skates!

    ELFSTEDENTOCHT MEDAL

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    Beugelen

    by ATLC Written Oct 21, 2002

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    This traditional Dutch sport, from the province of Noord-Brabant, is of such importance that it has been place on the World Heritage list.
    It resembles croquet but is played with a large clay balls and a large wooden "spoon" or "shovel" in two teams of 2 players each. The ball should go through a hoop and the rules seem to be quite complicated!

    Interestingly, a beugelbaan (the pitch in which beugelen is played) is called a pall mall in English.

    Equipment: Two clay balls of 2 different colours. A "green", shovels and spoons and a hoop.

    Beugelsport equipment

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    Cycling

    by ATLC Written Nov 2, 2002

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    Cycle paths are abundant in this country. Safe, broad, well marked and with their own traffic lights.

    As for race-cycling: we have some pretty famous Dutch cyclists! If one remembers Zoetemelk from the past or Van den Bogaard more recent and many many more!

    Equipment: At larger train stations you can hire a bicycle. Or go to the tourist office and ask where they are rented out.
    It's a great way to explore the countryside and cheap and quick in larger cities.

    There are special cycling maps for Netherlands and Belgium. Ask at the tourist office or go to a bookstore.

    MY BIKE
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    • Family Travel
    • Cycling

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    Pieterpad (hiking)

    by ATLC Written Nov 2, 2002

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    The Pieterpad is in total ca. 490 km. long and and is described in 27 day walks.
    It goes from Pieterburen (province Friesland in the north) to the St. Pietersberg (St. Peter's mountain) in Maastricht in the south.
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    The Pieterpad is so well known that many people think that it is centuries old. A pelgrimage route maybe or a commercial route. Not so.
    Between 1975 and 1981 two elderly ladies walked and described this path. Their names: Toos Goorhuis-Tjalsma en Bertje Jens.

    Equipment: You need the two Pieterpad guides that can be bought at all Tourist Offices (VVV) along the route and in specialised (travel) bookstores.
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    Unfortunately the only information I can find on the net is in Dutch. The path is well described, so are the accomodation and sightseeing tips on the websites mentioned below.

    PIETERPAD POSTCARD
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Walking websites links

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 27, 2008

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    WALKING:
    General links

    wandelpad.nl
    wandelpad.com
    toeractief.nl
    tweevoeter.nl
    wandelnet.nl
    wandelzoek

    routes per regio
    Dutch tracks
    Dutch search site

    TRAILS:
    Dutch hiking site
    Worldwide trails

    CLIMBING:
    General links
    Dutch mountain walking site
    Mountain hut accommodations

    NORDIC:
    General links

    GEAR:
    outdooronline.nl
    bboutdoor.nl
    zwerfkei.nl
    Nordic gear
    Nordic gear
    Walking gear and surplus army gear

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

    TYPICAL DUTCH:
    Talking Red arrows

    These boots are made for walking De Zitpijl - A talking arrow to rest at
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    • Road Trip
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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