Drentse 8 2018

I think this is my fifth time covering the Drenthe races and over the years I’ve grown quite fond of Dwingeloo, the village that hosts Drentse 8. It’s a cute little place centred around a village green with a thatched bandstand, surrounded by a disproportionate number of nice cafés and restaurants given the population. There’s something cosy about the place, like it’s sheltered from the fast paced change of the rest of the world. In all the years I’ve been visiting, the biggest change I’ve noticed, is the cash machine has now moved from outside the gift shop to inside the supermarket!

Here’s a little selection of photos from the race. Next up Ronde van Drenthe on Sunday!

Final check of the weather forecast.

Jelena Eric catches up with old friends.

Christine Majerus leads the peloton through the trees.

Aafke Soet crosses the canal.

Amy Pieters leads up the VAMberg (twice!)

Dani King approaches the top.

Alice Barnes crests the VAMberg. The hills that surround the climb have got notably taller since last year!

Christine Majerus leadsd the chase.

Malgorzata Jasinska takes a flyer on the local finishing circuit.

Alexis Ryan roars to the line.

Alexis Ryan tries out her new wheels.

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