Holland Property Bike is an annual cycling event for professionals at decision-making level of the real estate sector and forms part of the Holland Property Plaza network programme. The interest in this HPP cycle tour is growing each year and it is expected that we will be able to greet approximately 60 cyclists at the start of the 7th HPBike tour in 2018.
Launched in 2012, the first Holland Property Bike cycling tour visited Rotterdam, Tilburg, Venlo and Cologne. Since then HPBike has visited Eindhoven, Maastricht, Aken, Zwolle, Enschede, Osnabruck, Utrecht, The Hague, Arnhem and Mönchenglabach. The start and finish for the 2018’s HPBike tour is still a secret, but again HPBike will offer the cyclists an interesting programme and challenging routes.
Contact HPP for more details if you are interested in joining HPBike’s tour.
A great performance
Cycling and networking. These are the two main ingredients of the annual Holland Property Bike tour (HPB). As was the case this year being the 6th edition. The formula: Cycling a distance of about 275 kilometres in two days in the company of more than 60 decision makers from the real estate industry. Where during the day it is all about cycling but in the evening the focus is on networking. This year’s 6th edition, however, included an interesting take on cycle racing.
The eve of the first leg was mostly about De Jonge Renner, a cycling club where, ever since 1936, riders have been guided towards their personal bests. In other words, a breeding-ground for talent where, since 2014, the Belkin Pro Cycling Team receives their training and also, albeit at a later stage, Team Lotto NL – Jumbo. So if anybody knows what cycle racing is all about…. In addition to staff members and young talented riders, ex-professional Jeroen Blijlevens, once a Jonge Renner (young rider) himself, also attended. Provided you are blessed with the right talent, everything you have to do, and not do, to become a regular cycling star became clear through presentations and personal stories. At least 20 hours on your bicycle each week. A dedicated life style and a very strict diet, without alcohol. All very inspiring stories, while the attending HPB participants thoroughly enjoyed the buffet along with an ever welcome drink. The conclusion drawn at the end of the evening was that the room was filled with overqualified riders. Speaking of the right material to work with… The tone was set.
Divided into three different level groups, all dressed in their tight HPB cycling outfits and under the inspiring supervision of experienced guides, the participants left the following morning for a tour of Dutch highlights; from Apeldoorn past Arnhem, against the wind alongside the Nederrijn (The Nether Rhine), via the Amerongse Berg, Soesterberg Air Base, Soestdijk Palace and picturesque Naarden to finally cycle over de Stichtse Bridge into Almere. Each pack was accompanied by a Jonge Renner. For the others to copy the art, also to keep up the spirit and for the necessary front riding against the wind. It may not have rained this year, but there was a stiff wind if ever there was one.
Almere housed us for the night and Lelystad took on the role of host for the evening. No reception at city hall. Nor in a restaurant. Nor in a small hall. Nope. The bus that transported the entire group from Almere stopped at a remote farm. There were many frowns when they first saw this country farmstead located within a stone’s throw of Lelystad Airport. Here? It appeared to be the city farm of farmer Kok. A truly fantastic location to find out more about the developments of Lelystad Airport and to enjoy the culinary arts of farmer Kok and his family. It turned out to be a lovely evening.
Well fed, both mentally and physically, and after a good night’s sleep, the more than 60 riders clicked their shoes into their pedals again. Straight across the vast polder landscape, via Harderwijk and then back to Apeldoorn through the beautiful Veluwe countryside. This time with the wind behind us, which meant less front riding for the Jonge Renners. One by one, all riders proudly passed under the finish arch. The concluding BBQ was a time for sharing heroic stories. The overall conclusion was that, as a HPBer, you are definitely no longer a young rider and you will never become one. You will, however, be able to deliver a great performance, even without a strict diet and 20 hours of weekly training.
Looking forward to seeing you next year!
Report by Nienke Oosterbaan, Cycling guide HPBike
In previous Holland Property Bike Tours, the HPBike cyclists visited the cities of: