|At the start|
I started making a video, but several other people made better videos than mine. I've picked out two of them.
Harry captures the fun in part by playing around with speeds and mixing up the order of the event:
The Questchen's video also shows the ride well and because he was in the same group as me (we rode in four groups of about 40, meeting up halfway and at the end), I appear in this video at about 7:20:
|Going home, lighting up the cycle-path|
Almost the entire distance between here
and Zwolle was covered on cycle-paths
of this quality.
|Wide, smooth cycle-path in Zwolle|
with priority over the road. Zwolle,
like all Dutch cities, has a
comprehensive network of
good quality cycle paths.
|Traffic stopped, crossing as a group|
Finally, thank-you to all those involved with organising the Oliebollentocht, especially Paulus den Boer who hosted the event and the many volunteer verkeersregelaars who gave up a day to direct traffic and by doing so made things go very smoothly indeed.
How efficient is it ?
I calculated a while back that a strong person doing a manual job probably generates about 1 kWh of energy in an eight hour working day. I cycled for less than eight hours, so this journey was probably made on less than 1 kWh of energy. It's remarkable how efficient cycling is, and a velomobile is even more efficient than a normal bicycle.