Cyclist rides against wind in Netherlands

2022-07-12 0 By

Today, due to strong winds, almost the entire country of the Netherlands, with the exception of the Dutch provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Haut-Ethel, was marked with yellow weather codes, warning those who must be on the road to pay close attention.But the weather conditions were perfect for the seventh annual NK Tegenwindfietsen (Cycling Against the Wind) event in Oosterscheldekering.Due to strong winds, vaccination sites in many parts of the Netherlands were closed, including two in Rotterdam and one in Middenmeer in the north Netherlands.In Alkmaar, in North Holland province, people can only get injections after 2 p.m.Gusts of 80 to 90 km/h are expected this afternoon on the coast and in southern Holland, with possible gusts of 100 km/h in coastal areas in the evening.Last Monday’s storm, named After Corrie, had gusts of 120 kilometers per hour before flights had to be cancelled, roof tiles were blown off houses and falling trees caused damage in several places.According to Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Water Authority, there was an accident this morning on the A20 road to Gouda due to a fallen tree.The south of Holland is also very windy.Strong winds blew off the facade of some buildings in the small town of Kerkrade, but no injuries were reported, 1Limburg reported.A yellow code has been issued for most of the Netherlands, meaning dangerous weather is possible, and the met Office KNMI and travel association ANWB advised those who must hit the road to take extra care.Riding against the wind in such weather, the Dutch bicycle race was held, riding a relatively primitive bicycle.Today’s conditions are ideal for participants in the NK Tegenwindfietsen (Dutch Cycling Against the Wind).The event was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.But at 8am this morning, more than 300 brave cyclists started racing around the 8.5km route of Oosterscheldekering.Participants rode bicycles with no gears and pedal brakes.Winds at the race site today reached 88km/h and registrations are said to be filling up fast.Some measures taken by the organizers to facilitate the competition.Jurjun van der Velde, a 25-year-old university student from Leiden, the Netherlands, won the men’s race.