Dutch headwind championships cancelled – due to high winds

Storm Ciarán has proven too much even for the hardy riders of this quirky event

Riders in the NK Tegenwindfietsen, or Dutch Headwind Championships
(Image credit: NK Tegenwindfietsen / X)

Organisers have been forced to cancel the Dutch National Headwind Championships – due to high winds.

With Storm Ciarán battering the Dutch coast, conditions have gone way beyond the force seven winds required for the event, which pits competitors against the elements on tradition sit-up Dutch bikes with coaster brakes.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.