Elfstedentocht with only competition drivers permanently excluded | right Now

Elfstedentocht with only competition drivers permanently excluded |  right Now

In any case, there will be no Elfstedentocht this year, Wiebe Wieling head of Koninklijke Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden announced Tuesday.

“It is 100 percent sure that there will be no military draft, no doubt about that,” Welling told the news agency. ANP.

In November, the association announced that Elfstedentocht would not be regulated as long as the 1.5-meter scale was in effect. Due to the harsh winter weather of the past few days, calling “Tocht der Tochten” is a possibility again.

“The four-day rallies in Nijmegen were canceled on Monday. For the record, we’re talking about the month of July. If you know what it means to allow tours in the shadow of the Coronavirus, you first have to scratch your head three times or you want to do it,” Welling said.

“Elfstedentocht is in this situation, with a million visitors, 25,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and the movement of people across the country, that’s simply not possible. I think any reasonably sane person understands that.”

Elfstedentocht head Wiebe Wieling (left) with Reinier Paping, who won the tour in 1963.


Elfstedentocht head Wiebe Wieling (left) with Reinier Paping, who won the tour in 1963.

Elfstedentocht head Wiebe Wieling (left) with Reinier Paping, who won the tour in 1963.

Photo: ANP

Rutte suggested a trek with 120 of the best skiers

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday that Elfstedentocht with the public is out of the question anyway. An option would be 120 top skaters to ride the race, if a ‘bubble’ could be created.

The De Friesche Elf Town Association does not like this alternative. “Such an alternate version is not Elfstedentocht. We haven’t changed that position,” Welling says.

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The winter weather in Friesland is less severe than in most other provinces of the Netherlands. According to the weather forecast, it will freeze a little in Leeuwarden on Tuesday.

There is currently no snow in Friesland, as evidenced by this Monday photo of Punkiefart in Leeuwarden. Elfstedentocht traditionally ends at Bonkevaart. Temperatures are expected to decrease somewhat in the coming days.

A thin brown layer of ice on the Elmore River, the river between Odkerk and Leeuwarden.


A thin brown layer of ice on the Elmore River, the river between Odkerk and Leeuwarden.

A thin brown layer of ice on the Elmore River, the river between Odkerk and Leeuwarden.

Photo: ANP

Welling: “There is no fever 11 times in Friesland.”

Welling: “When we look at the ice here in Friesland, we see two things: There is nothing in the Great Lakes, zero.”

“In small canals as well as at Bonkevaart in Leeuwarden, there is a dirty mess, frozen gray-brown porridge. So a lot needs to be done. Last night it was only 2 ° C frozen in Friesland. So no doubt yet. Not here.”

Wieling thinks it’s “cool” that there has been so much interest in the rest of the country for potential Elfstedentocht in recent days. “We all want to face this virus differently than every day. It’s great to see snow and ice now. Let’s enjoy it.”

In 1997 the fifteenth edition of Elfstedentocht was organized at the moment. Due to global warming, scientists fear that the gleaming ski tour will be held intermittently in the future.

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