In brief: Bruno Hasulyo has thrown down the gauntlet in his quest for a 4th 11 Cities title, an achievement that would put him on par with Bart de Zwart as the most successful athlete in the event’s illustrious, 12-year history. Bruno outpaced the dangerous Dutchman Joep van Bakel in today’s opening stage from Leeuwarden to Sloten. Swiss darkhorse Alain Luck finished third not too far off the pace. Petronella van Malsen dominated the women’s field. → READ MORE
This photo pretty much sums up the “Non-Stop” SUP11-City Tour: A long, flat and rather lonely journey through Dutch countryside that some describe as beautiful, others as boring (I sit firmly with the former). But what everyone can agree upon is that it’s an epic paddle requiring extreme mental strength to master.
There’s no drafting in the non-stop. However, with a distance of just over 200km and finishing times between 24 and 36 hours, there is certainly plenty of time to think. These ultra events are far more of a mental challenge than a physical one — your mind is often screaming at you to quit long before your body starts to falter. → READ MORE
Niek van der Linde has claimed his third non-stop 11 City Tour title after paddling all day and all night for more than 200km around the long, flat canals of Friesland in the Netherlands. The Dutchman crossed the line of this mind-boggling event just after 1pm on Sunday afternoon in the finishing town of Leeuwarden–the same place he started at lunchtime on Saturday. → READ MORE