Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cycling Province of the year 2011: Drenthe

Our local paper reports that Drenthe has been voted as cycling province of the year for 2011. They say that "Recreational cyclists find Drenthe the most attractive". Who are we to disagree. We live in Assen, the capital of Drenthe, and it is from here that we organize cycling holidays.

One of the areas of Heath in Drenthe. Beautiful, and with no motor access.
5000 people voted in an online poll, giving a score for such things as the attractiveness of the countryside and the quality of cyclepaths. Drenthe scored well due to the amount of space (it's the least densely populated part of the country) and quietness.

Talking to a customer in May in one of the ten Stiltegebieden or "silent
areas" in Drenthe. This place is about 10 km from Assen and can only be
reached by foot or by bike. It's very nearly completely silent. You have to get
off your bike and stop to notice this. Usually you can't hear anything at all.
Drenthe really is a fabulous place to cycle. That's why we moved here and why we're sure you will enjoy your cycling holiday in this province.