One of the things Assen is most famous for is the Motorcycle TT. It's a huge event in the city, attracting around a hundred thousand visitors for the racing, and many who camp for a few days beforehand as well. It's easily the biggest event in Assen, and visitors outnumber the 65000 people who live here. This happens with remarkably little disruption of city life, except that supermarket shelves are stripped clean of some items.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night have had live music on stages around the city. I had work to do on Thursday and Friday so couldn't stay out late (as a result I've still not seen Mooi Wark live - they were at half past midnight on Friday morning). However, no work today so we did go along last night.
An excellent event. As usual with a big event in the city there was simply not enough cycle parking to go around, even in places like that shown which are not actually bicycle parks at all. Bicycles are overwhelmingly the method used by locals to get into the city for events.
However, the focus of this event was another type of bike...
This jet bike was demonstrated on streets in the centre of the city. We watched the demonstration. Someone videoed it during the day and put it on youtube. It takes a while to start, and then it makes an awesome racket. So much so in fact, that the camera used to make the video seemed to give up the will to record sound:
Also there were people doing stunt riding in the city streets. Very impressive it was too. We were standing in the crowd on the other side of the landing ramp from this video:
And we spent a bit of time drinking a few beers and listening to music before riding our bikes home in the early hours. A great night out, in the company of around 40000 others who were also enjoying the evening's events.
For the next post I'll return to bicycles with pedals...
Thanks to sybrand2 and MetalMike50 for the videos
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