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Valour on Ice. The Elfstedentocht in Friesland
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Valour on Ice. The Elfstedentocht in Friesland

(Peter Karstkarel) The Low Countries - 2003, № 11, pp. 78-83

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A history of the Elfstedentocht, the skating route that takes in eleven Frisian towns. The saying in Friesland is ‘When it freezes hard, the Frisians thaw'. When the frost is so hard that it is possible to skate on the waterways and lakes, it is as if a virus strikes, resulting in an epidemic of Elfstedentocht fever. Finishing the skating race is considered the ultimate sporting achievement in the Netherlands.

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