When you don’t own a car you need to consider how to take every single journey. Is the place I need to go to at cycling distance or can I go by train and cycle the final distance on a rental bicycle? On June 6th I was invited to a friend’s house in Vlijmen. That is a 9 kilometre distance and normally that is no big deal to cycle. On this particular day there were weather warnings for a very strong wind, right at the time I would be cycling. I didn’t think that would be a problem, but cycling into such a strong headwind turned out to be a challenge. This is the sixth in my series of nine rides in extra posts. I publish one of these rides every Monday in October and November 2020.
The ride to Vlijmen is not unfamiliar to me. This trip would normally cost 20 to 25 minutes at most. Yet this time it took me 36 minutes. The stills in this post don’t capture the wind, but the video does. The wind slowed me down so much that it is hard to watch the video at real speed for me: it is so terribly slow. I comfort myself that I am not really overtaken by other people, only by a racer and a girl pushed by a guy on a moped (yes, that is indeed illegal). People going the opposite way seem to fly. The only times I pick up some speed is in the parts where the route is shielded from the wind. It may be interesting for you to see what a struggle the wind can be, but I can feel it a bit too much. Enjoy!
Map of this 9 kilometre long ride.
Video of the ride. (if it is too slow to watch you can try it at double speed on YouTube.)