Why The Dutch Headwind Cycling Championships Are Difficult And Amazing

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Shared February 10, 2020

About once a year, on the Oosterscheldekering barrier in the south of the Netherlands, there is NK Tegenwindfietsen: a bicycle race cycling into a headwind. This year it was 120km/h: this is why it's so difficult, and also why it's so brilliant.

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Tom Scott

I would like to formally apologise to all the people of the Netherlands for absolutely butchering the pronunciation of your language.

1 week ago | [YT] | 7,690

Oli K

that is the hardest working microphone windscreen muff in the world

6 days ago | [YT] | 5,389

P. Stap

Fun fact:
The race was later on cancelled because of too much wind. The time registration devices blew away and the truck with bicycles threatened to tip over.

6 days ago | [YT] | 4,242

Apoc2K

From personal experience I've learned the Netherlands has this phenomenon where you always have headwind no matter which direction you're going. It is as if mother nature is punishing them for their lack of verticality.

6 days ago | [YT] | 2,372

Darth Smirnoff

"It's a serious event..."

Immediately Cut To Guy Doing The Race In A Suit

6 days ago | [YT] | 1,982

Vicente Schmitt

“It’s a serious event, with permissions and everything”

6 days ago | [YT] | 1,099

Maciej Seraficki

-why are you doing this
-I don’t know

Literally me everyday

6 days ago | [YT] | 1,627

Yürüyen Ansiklopedi

Tom is an official correspondent now

6 days ago | [YT] | 2,145

Jane S. K.

A shame that rhymes can be rarely translated across languages! Perhaps a less literal translation could be:
Here rule over the sea
the moon, the wind, and we

6 days ago | [YT] | 1,550

CharlieGirlPetersen

I love everything about this: the "standard dutch bike," the the fact that it's clearly difficult to stand up in this weather, let alone bike, the perfect Dutch english, and that final line. Bravo

6 days ago | [YT] | 1,522

Opus 313

Winds are up to 120km per hour.
The Dutch: Let's have a bike race!

6 days ago | [YT] | 732

Ao Arashi

Amazing, I wonder how they train.
Edit: "Here, the tide is ruled by the wind, the moon and us." has to be the most badass thing I've heard.

6 days ago (edited) | [YT] | 976

Gustav Isak Abrahamsson

"It’s a serious event, with permissions and everything."
because nothing is more serious for a brit than when you need permission for it

6 days ago | [YT] | 598

Mirjan Bouma

As a Dutch person, I have two things to say.

One: Tom, kudos for doing your darnedest to try and pronounce Dutch words.
Two: you have my permission to stop doing that...

Liefs uit Groningen!

6 days ago | [YT] | 291

Dane Byrd

The fact that Tom got usable audio while there is an achievement in itself. 120 kmh/75 mph wind is insane

6 days ago | [YT] | 85

Kai Broeking

-"Why are you doing this?"
-"I don't know. I really don't know."
You have to love the Dutch!

6 days ago | [YT] | 225

VivaHollandia32

G E K O L O N I ... Wait! I mean G E P O L D E R D

6 days ago | [YT] | 68

King Peter

We all know the true purpose of the damn was for bike races. Flood control was just to get the funding

6 days ago | [YT] | 72

DownTheLead

UHG I live like FIVE MINUTES from there and I was going to cycle there around the time you were recording, but decided against it. Now that I know you were there recording I have never felt so much pain.

6 days ago | [YT] | 56

Kellbian

That’s the furriest mic I’ve ever seen

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