A skating tour of 200 km in the northern province Friesland done by professionals and amateurs. It can only be organized when there are very low temperatures for a long time, because so many people have to go over ice and don't want to get through it into the icecold water. That's the reason it has only been done 15 times in 100 years. When you win the tour, you are a legend by life. Well we have some pretty cold nights now so the Media started their hype about the tour this whole week "will it come or not?" and when? There was no other news on televison or in the papers than "how thick is the ice?"
The fever increased and a whole village started to sweep away the snow from the ice to get it better.
Hotels were booked, the whole press was in the north and the weatherforcasts were given each hour.
Would it be this weekend? A "Eleven Cities Society" of wise men has to give the green light and yesterday they decided it was not going to happen, the ice was not safe enough. The whole country collapsed and the media with them. Temperatures are rising now so the ice is loosing its quality.
But maybe the frost is coming back next week, who knows?
But everybody can still skate in the Netherlands and make their own one city tour like here in Almere.
If you want to read more about the Eleven Cities Tour look here