Monthly Archives: June 2011

HOUTEN – the price of perfect cycling

Houten cycleway - a million euros per kilometre, but every man and his dog can enjoy it.

Sydney may have got a bargain when it recently spent $200million on a 200km cycle path system, according to Dutch traffic engineer Herbert Tiemens. With his family, he rode the Pieperpad with us for a day and taught us a lot about cycling infrastructure. We knew it was excellent here in the Netherlands, but we had no idea of the cost. Continue reading

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CHERRY PIP SPITTING – the next Olympic sport?

The champ shows how to do it. Head back, tongue curled, spit!

I wouldn’t want anyone to think it’s all work and no play riding the Pieperpad.
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WHY CYCLING MAKES YOU FAT

Dutch appeltaart, available at every roadside cafe and the cyclist's worst enemy.

You would think that cycling 50-90km a day would have a desirable effect on the waistline. On the Pieperpad, things don’t work that way. Here’s why… Continue reading

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THE IDEAL TOURING BIKE? – comfort v speed

Kona 'Jake' cyclocross, fitted with Ortlieb panniers - we're very pleased with them too.


On our 1000km Pieperpad odyssey we naturally get rather attached to our bikes.

I thought I’d write something about the models we’re sitting on for all those hours. Continue reading

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FLEVOLAND – spuds from the sea

Niek Vos and several hundred experimental new potato species ready for planting.

Cycling on safe, flat bike paths and quiet country roads, gentle tail winds blowing between green fields, stopping for a pleasant chat with potato farmers, taking a break for coffee and apple cake at a World Heritage village and finally, after a satisfying 90 kilometres, sleeping in a comfortable chalet – just another day on the Pieperpad. Continue reading

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THE ART OF PIEPERPAD CYCLING

The big head in Lelystad


Our fitness is building steadily, but we’re not ashamed to admit that certain parts of our bodies get tired after the days and hours we’ve been spending on the bike, riding the Pieperpad.

Fortunately the Netherlands has plenty of interesting art scattered by the roadside. Continue reading

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