Torbjorn Zetterlund

Sun 24 2015

Bike Ride Amsterdam to Leeuwarden via Afsluitdijk

by bernt & torsten

Today I rode my bike to Leeuwarden in Friesland via Afsluitdijk, the distance that I clocked was 162 km. The weather was good with an SW wind.

The route took me from South Amsterdam via a ferry at Hempontpleinm to Zaandam, I took the route to Alkmaar via Spijkerboor, to Heerhugowaard passing through Middenmeer before reaching Den Oever. The next section of my bike ride was to bike over the Afsluitdijk causeway, running from Den Oever to the village of Zurich in Friesland province, over a length of 32 kilometers (20 mi) and a width of 90 meters (300 ft), at an initial height of 7.25 meters (23.8 ft) above sea-level.

The ride over Afsluitdijk causeway was smooth, straight lines hard to see the end of the road, this was good mental training keeping a speed without seeing the end. Rolling through the village of Zurich I headed towards Harlingen before reaching Leeuwarden. In Leeuwarden I took the train back to Amsterdam. It was a great ride in the sense that I was training my mental focus while on Afsluitdijk causeway – there was no plan B or back I had to get to the end.

Here is the route I took mapped by MapMyRide.

Here are some pictures from the ride.