You might be surprised to learn about some of the sports and competitions listed here when visiting the Netherlands. Time for five crazy Dutch competitions but amazing such as Elfstedentocht, Fierljeppen, NK tegenwindfietsen,…
Elfstedentocht is the most amazing Dutch sports
The Elfstedentocht is an ice-skating tour that takes place in the historic Frisian towns of Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker, and Dokkum along a closed or circular route along frozen canals, rivers, and lakes.
Only if the ice is, and remains, at least 15 centimeters thick along the entire course is the nearly 200-kilometer tour permitted. Because approximately 15,000 skaters will use the route (and a gazillion people will watch). This is one of the most unique Dutch competitions.
In 1997, three years later, the last tours took place. If you want to know if you can ever join in, the short answer is no. Skaters must be members of the Association of the Eleven Frisian Towns in order to take part.
Sad but accurate Will there ever be another Elfstedentocht in the Netherlands? Due to the Netherlands’ mild winters brought on by global warming, the ice is not thick enough for the competition.
NK tegenwindfietsen competitions ( Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships )
Since 2013, the NK tegenwindfietsen has been held in the fall or winter on the Oosterscheldekering storm barrier, which faces the North Sea. The 8.5 km course must be completed by competitors in the wind on upright single-speed bicycles that are provided by the group. Three days before a storm is predicted, the winners are announced. A team time trial has been available since 2014. 200 individual cyclists (300 in 2020) as well as 25 teams of four cyclists are allowed to compete. The competitor who completes the course in the shortest amount of time wins NK tegenwindfietsen. Participants start 30 seconds apart.
To ensure an equal playing field for all riders, sit-and-beg city bikes are provided; there is no use for complicated aerodynamics in this situation; it is simply man against machine.
Lisa Scheenaard won the women’s competition in a time of 22 minutes, 53 seconds, while Jurjun van der Velde won the men’s competition in 20 minutes and 23 seconds. The last three contests have been won by Scheenaard, an Olympic rower who also holds three victories. This is one of the toughest Dutch competition.
Due to the requirement for strong winds for the event to take place, the announcement of the NK tegenwindfietsen is only made three days in advance.
Festival of graffiti in the Arena
One of the biggest graffiti festivals in Europe features more than 200 artists each year. The 2015 edition featured artists from all over the world, including Spain, Australia, Italy, the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. It was held in the Berenkuil (“bear pit”) crossing on the main road in Eindhoven at the Insulindelaan, and the outcome was absolutely stunning. Numerous Eindhoven walls bear the traces of this festival. The festival lasts ten days straight and is jam-packed with exciting events. The city is completely enthralled by the hip hop and breakdance, skateboarding and BMX, graffiti and street art.
Fierljeppen is really famous Dutch sport
The Netherlands has many waterways because a large portion of its land is below sea level. To navigate the waterways conveniently, Frisian people invented fierljeppen. With the first official match taking place in 1771, it eventually evolved into a competition, but it wasn’t until 1957 that the sport was properly organized. Farmers are thought to have invented the sport when they used poles to jump over tiny water drainage channels to gain access to various pieces of land. The term “Pultstockspringen” refers to this activity in the German region of East Frisia. However, there is still an official annual National Fierljepping Manifestation (NFM) in the Netherlands, and championships are played in six leagues and by numerous clubs. Currently, the sport is primarily played for fun or to amuse tourists. This is one of the most famous Dutch competitions.
A long pole and a body of water are used in the game. A flat round plate at the bottom of the 8–13 m (26–43 ft) long pole keeps it from sinking into the mucky bottom of a river or canal.
A jump entails running to the pole (polsstok), jumping and grabbing it, climbing to the top of the pole while attempting to control its forward and lateral movements over a body of water, and landing on a sand bed across from where you started.
A heavy ball is propelled with a sort of wooden shovel or paddle in the Dutch tradition of beugelen. It resembles croquet a lot, which is more well-known internationally.
Making the ball move through the ring in the middle of the course is the goal. Belgian, Dutch Limburg, and North Brabant are the locations where this game is played (the Netherlands). It is one of the country’s oldest ball sports.
There are some crazy Dutch competitions. Do you add something?