Drenthe is already a popular destination for cyclists, and the province has now opened facility which is new literal and figurative high point for the north.
Translation by Traci White
As of the 19th of October, cycling enthusiasts can give the new course near Wijster a go. The course track is four meters wide, 2,100 metres long, has an average grade of 10%, features three climbing routes, one descent, and a 160-metre-long section covered in cobblestones.
Dagblad van het Noorden flew along the new route to give cyclists an idea of what awaits them in Drenthe.
RTV Drenthe reports that while cyclists may be eager to test out the course, locals are less enthusiastic about the name for the facility. The name refers Vuil Afvoer Maatschappij, a former garbage disposal company whose headquarters were located in Wijster. The hilly course used to be a land fill and is 56 meters above sea level. “Col du” is the French terminology for mountain passes, but some residents are trash talking a name that combines French cycling terms with a former garbage dump.
Photo source: Screenshot from Dagblad van het Noorden