What an amazing Dartmoor day! It doesn’t get better than the high moor on a crisp bluebird day, cold air in the lungs burns a bit but is easily forgotten when you catch a view of the sea glinting in the distance.
To be fair it has capped of an epic weekend of riding, we were lucky enough to get an invite out to Holland – So we thought we’d check out the Mecca of chilled cycling. A road trip was called, soundtrack chosen and a van loaded with bikes – it was on…
The place is amazing, to the untrained British eye it initially looks like chaos, there are bikes everywhere. It takes a couple of minutes to start picking out the differences, after near collisions or people having to stop abruptly to avoid one they just smile, laugh it off and carry on their way. The drivers are careful to give cyclists room, some severe legislation takes care of this, but above all they look fit and healthy cycling around in perfectly normal clothes – high heels or high vis? We know which we prefer!
Even at 2 in the morning, people are leaving the plethora of cool bars with their nearest and dearest riding side saddle on the pannier rack, what’s not to love.
A Three-Act: The Dutch Side Saddle Hop from Amsterdamize on Vimeo.
We were too busy checking out the bars and cafes (and forgot our proper camera), so here’s Brooklynspokes take to give you a flavour for cutting around.
@BrooklynSpoke does Amsterdam from Amsterdamize on Vimeo.
We stopped off for chocolate in Bruge, well worth a trip if you get the chance, before jumping back on the France pipe. The road back was made all the more tolerable by a late edition of Bob Harris’ Country, where we stumbled across he amazing Dundonian collective; Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fischer – amazing.