Cycle, my dear it frees your mind

'Give your legs the best gift this holiday season. Ride the Rapha #Festive500': Cycle 500 km in 7 Days.
It all starts in Utrecht, an ancient city in the middle of The Netherlands. From here 4 directions: 1 Lakes 2 Green Heart 3 Amsterdam 4 Hills. And back to Utrecht. Enjoy the Views!

DIRECTION 1: LAKES

We have an awful lot of water in the Netherlands. Loosdrechtse plassen is a lake area. Many Tourists in summertime, quiet in winter. Cold, stormy and beautiful views. Photographing in puncture time.

Puncture time
"Cycling gives you strength. That’s what Cycling does to humans"

DIRECTION 2: THE GREEN HEART

The Netherlands is a beautyful country to visit by bike. Cycle through 'The Green Heart'. You'll come along plain fields, peat rivers, embankments and country houses. It's how it used to be.
Frozen world
This Festive500 day the world turns into a white picture. Too cold to hop of my bike regularly. My frozen fingers can barely handle the buttons of my Nikon.
Oudewater
Along The Lange Linschoten river
"Keep Cycling: it keeps you fit up to high age"

DIRECTION 3: AMSTERDAM

Despite of the weather we thank God and Rapha for the #Festive500 challenge. Else I'm sure we should have been on the sofa watching television, drinking liquour and eating christmas leftovers. Now we're up to a huge victory: cycling 90 km in cold and foggy weather…
"The ultimate reward is the hot shower afterwards"
Reflecting Mansion along De Vecht
“It takes about 2 hours to get from Utrecht to Amsterdam by bicycle and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life”

DIRECTION 4: HILLS

"THE SUN CAME THROUGH AND PARADISE EXISTED"

Cycling on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht hills) means cycling through the forest. It is freaky cold but we stop for a second in paradise. The sun is there for hardly 1 hour, ice on the trees start to melt and the roads turn into a mess. Temperature drops and we sort of skate home...
Look Up!
"Part of the Festive500 challenge is the Weather"
Want to meet other Cyclist? Visit Buitenlust in Amerongen, you'll be in good company.
Passions
"Think warm: It's less Cold"

UTRECHT MY CITY

To gain extra kilometers I use Strava during Festive500 to also count my 'Leisure trips' to the Utrecht City Center. Visiting Miffy, the Dom Tower and having a beer gives me an extra 15 kilometers and a very good mood ;-)

Visit Utrecht: it's worth.
Thanks to my friends Niek and Gerard, my dad Piet and my husband Victor for joining and supporting me by finishing the Festive500 Challenge.

YVETTE REINHARD

Twitter: @YReinh

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