Climbing the Famous "Kopje van Bloemendaal" (~ 65K)
*** Event postponed to August 28, Protected content "Kopje van
Bloemendaal" is named after Transvaal "die Koppies" during the Boeren-War in South-Africa, where a Kopje means a hill. The Kopje is a 43 meters high hill with challenging climbs on both the north and south side.
For the Dutch Road Cycling community, it is a famous climb because our historical Gerrie Knetemann used to ride this climb often as part of his training. Knetemann was a world champion road cycling and won several etappes of the Tour de France. At the top of the hill was a mailbox. Knetemann used to say "you have to go all the way up, all the way to the mail box".
In Protected content mailbox was removed but after protest of the Dutch cycling community, the municipality of Bloemendaal placed a sign, shaped like a mailbox, at the same spot with a commemorative text for Gerrie Knetemann.
This ride will take you to that climb where we can enjoy a refreshment at the top of the hill before free-wheeling down.
We start and finish at Protected content
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