The Eleven Cities Tour, or Elfstedentocht, is the world's largest speed skating event. Held on frozen canals, rivers and lakes that link 11 historic Frisian cities, the epic 200-km tour is a rare occurrence that grips the entire nation.
Skating-marathon madness continues to dominate the Dutch press, but there’s a big euro-crisis story around as well. Internet piracy is put under the spotlight and a court gives a fillip to a football hero’s fight.
Cold, misery and frozen limbs. The Eleven Cities Skating Race of 1963 is the subject of the latest Dutch disaster movie, The Hell of '63. This winter, skating fever has started early in the Netherlands.