Spoilt For Bike Races

Last year, the Vuelta a EspaƱa started in Assen.

This year, the Giro d’Italia will not only start in Amsterdam, but depart and finish within walking distance of our house, as the following map of the 8.4 individual time-trial illustrates:

Giro d'Italia route stage 1

As if that weren’t enough, the second and third day’s stages will also start in Amsterdam, also near to our house.

It would be unreasonable to expect any more imminent major tour activity in a country that doesn’t even share a border with Spain, Italy or France, but the Gods must have smiled on us, because the Tour de France will also be starting in Rotterdam this summer.

It now only remains to be seen whether we’ll actually be in the country when these races get under way. We’re tied to school holidays now and we have to travel when we’re able.

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