Gert-Jan van der Wel

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Cycling JZC

hobby - 31 Mar 2019

Last weekend I made another long ride with my friends, but this time we were not on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea. No, we were back in the Netherlands cycling through our Dutch flatlands with the wind in our face, the grey clouds above our heads and passing by the occasionally wind mill. We were riding the 13th edition of the Joop Zoetemelk Classic (JZC).

Joop Zoetemelk is one of two Dutchmen who has ever won the Tour de France. He started and finished the Tour 16 times - which is a record in itself - he finished 2nd 6 times and he finally won it in 1980. He also won the Vuelta a Espana in 1979 and was the World Champion in 1985.

The JZC is one of the first tours of the season, and when we rode it last year it was extremely cold. It was freezing outside and the wind from the cold East only made it worse. This year the weather was a lot better and we were - obviously - much fitter due to our training camp on Mallorca a few weeks ago. The 150 km felt like a walk in the park.