Biking on Afsluitdijk

  • July 25, 2009 · 10:00 AM
  • Amsterdam Central Station

Afsluitdijk (enclosure dam) is an architectural wonder in Netherlands. Built as part of
Zuiderzee Works, this dike is 32KM long and cuts across the North See, thus creating a huge fresh water lake out of the dammed see: IJsselmeer. Dutch love playing around with water :-) Check out some
stunning aerial pics of Afsluitdijk. The only problem for our bike trip is: there are no bike rentals close to the starting point of Afsluitdijk (nearest one is 4KM walk). So the plan is take the trian (with our bikes) to the nearest train station: Anna Paulowna and start our bike trip from there. Anna Paulowna is about 18 KM from Afsluitdijk. So the round trip will be 2 X (18 + 32) = 100KM! Don't worry, if we get tired, we can break and return from any point on the dike. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one near Amsterdam Centraal.
Update: * Onward train journey details: 10:12, Amsterdam Centraal, paltform 7, intercity towards Alkmaar, reaches Anna Paulowna at 11:14 * If you are taking the train, meet the group with the bike on platform 7. Please buy your tickets beforehand. You need a separate ticket for the bike (EUR 6 per day). * Where ever you are starting, please be on time. Don't expect the group to wait for you. * Weather seems to be pretty good on Sat. Don't forget to wear light. Bring your goggles and a cap. * The route is slightly modified based on the recommendation from those who did it on 4th: we'll take the train back from the other end of the dike - from Harlingen. Total distance from Anna Paulowna to Harlingen: 60KM. * Approx time when we can expect to be back in Amsterdam: 20:00 * Bikes: City bikes in reasonably good conditions (that can do 20KM/hr) should be sufficient. If you are not sure about your bike, or do not have one, you can rent it near Centraal:
http://www.macbike.nl... You'll have to pay a security deposit and need to show an ID. Check their closing time also. If you have a bike repair kit, get that along. * Bring lot of drinks and sandwiches. Once we are on dike, I don't know if there are restaurants on the way. * Your camera !! * In case of really bad weather or any unforeseen circumstances, I may have to cancel the trip (not again!!). Watch out for my mail on Friday evening. No mail = trip is ON!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was something that I had always wanted to do, so it was great to have the encouragement to go ahead and cycle 32 kms from Den Oever to the other side of the afsluitdijk in Friesland, have lunch there overlooking the Waddenzee and cycle back. The last 5 kms were hard, against the wind.

    It was good to meet Cristi and Daniela. I hope you enjoyed the beer in Harlingen.

    A satisfying feeling with tired leg muscles meant that I had no problem in getting to sleep at night.

    Thanks to Venkat for organising this.

    July 26, 2009

  • MJ

    Have fun guys... I did it on the 4th of July. You realy should do Asluitdijk only one time and take the train on the other side, its not so interresting to do the dijk twice!

    July 19, 2009

  • Barbara H.

    Dutch bike!!! I hope I can keep up with you all - and that you don´t have to leave me somewhere on the dijk ;-) see ya tomorrow!

    July 3, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have fun guys, good luck with weather and see you soon :)

    July 3, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    What kind of bikes will people be taking? Road Bikes? Dutch Bikes?

    June 30, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! For 100km shall we bring some picnic? A bottle of wine?:)

    June 12, 2009

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