The Dutch Headwind Championships: bike racing or simply a battle with the elements?

Seventh edition of the championships sees riders battle 80km/h winds

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While professional riders battled it out in Valencia and at Bessèges on Sunday, a very different bike race was going on in the Netherlands.

The seventh edition of the Dutch Cycling Championships, the NK Tegenwindfietsen, took place on the Oosterscheldekering storm barrier on Sunday, which protects the country from the force of the North Sea.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.