The Netherlands with Iain Crawford

Contributor Iain Crawford brings us a collection from the Netherlands this week, capturing some of the beautiful spring scenery in and around Amsterdam

Tour along the tulip fields of Bollenstreek before heading to the coast to ride along the dunes. While the routes are generally flat, if you want added realism turn up your fan to 10 to simulate the dreaded Dutch winds. 

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

ZANDVOORT TO KATWIJK THROUGH THE DUNES

A Monday afternoon in early May starting in the seaside town of Zandvoort and heading south along the coast in the dunes passing the other beach resorts of Noordwijk and Katwijk aan Zee. On weekend days this stretch tends to be very busy, but today it's pleasantly quiet and not too windy.

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25.43km
DISTANCE
0:53:02
DURATION
103m
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