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Heading back home on the cycle path after racing in Groningen. Note brand new wide, smooth unidirectional cycle path (it's to be the same on the other side of the road), several km of which have been completed along here since we came here on the Study Tour earlier this year. The path has bidirectional use at the moment due to the other side having not been completed yet.

We rode home rather slowly compared to racing speed, even by my standards let alone the other two, rather faster cyclists, but still made reasonably good time on the 30 km back to Assen. Just like on the way out, there was no reason to stop at all. This directness being one of the reasons why cycling in the Netherlands is so fast and efficient.

The road has being blocked very near here except for use by public transport or of course cyclists on the cycle path. Drivers therefore have to take a detour to get anywhere. Yet another reason why cyclists have an advantage over drivers, due to deliberate policies to make cycling more attractive.

More about the racing event, including video footage taken from the leading bike in the race, here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/racing-again.html

A post which shows how the cycle path here used to look, and what is being done is here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/fietsers-oversteken.html

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