The Netherlands with Iain Crawford

This week’s collection features some peaceful tours through the Netherlands.

First, we take a city spin through Utrecht with Roalt Aalmoes before exploring the surrounding countryside.

Then, new contributor Arno Smit takes us along the waterways of Westfriese Omringdijk in the north.

You can find all these rides under NEW in the FulGaz App.

BULB FIELDS

A late April afternoon ride to take in the local bulb fields, and not far from the world famous Keukenhof gardens; mostly tulips at this time. Many of the bare fields had daffodils in them a month earlier. As well as a feast for the eyes, in real life you get to experience the fantastic scent of the flowers hanging in the air. The start point is the Crash Museum near Aalsmeer which was an end point of an earlier recorded ride and this one finishes near the town of Sassenheim. As you could expect, there will be no climbing on this ride. However IRL, as almost always in these parts, the wind makes a pretty good substitute and a number of flags along the way testify to that.

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37.61km
DISTANCE
1:18:26
DURATION
80m
ELEVATION

AMSTERDAM HAVENS

A sunny Sunday afternoon in early May up by the main Amsterdam waterfront 'Het IJ'. The start point is by the restaurant 'REM' which was a platform located off the Dutch coast in 1964 as the pirate broadcasting home of Radio and TV Noordzee. It now serves as a platform for fine dining. We pass a line of Rhine pleasure crusers before passing under the canopy at the back of Central Station and loop round the east side before finishing by the Amstel. Much of the route is defined by modern new developments.

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13.1km
DISTANCE
0:34:18
DURATION
39m
ELEVATION

UITHOORN TO VROUWENTROOST

An early May sunny afternoon, a short and easy ride partly along the Amstel tributaries linking up between two existing recorded rides on FulGaz. The start point is on the edge of Uithoorn continuing on from the end of the "Along the Amstel" ride and it ends at Vrouwentroost which is the start point of the existing ride "Vrouwentroost to Loenen".

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11.37km
DISTANCE
0:25:31
DURATION
20m
ELEVATION

LOENEN TO AMSTELHOEK

A sunny Sunday afternoon in early March starting in Loenen a/d Vecht (from the end point of another Fulgaz ride) to join up with the start point of the 'Along the Amstel' ride. After following the scenic waterway of the Vecht north, we turn west and take the Liniebrug over the Amsterdam-Rhine canal; a new pedestrian and cycle bridge opened in 2018 at a cost of 8.2 million euros. From the small village of Baambrugge we take the causeway across the Vinkeveense Plassen which is flanked by some seriously expensive real estate.

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31.62km
DISTANCE
1:11:13
DURATION
55m
ELEVATION