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Mama Bakfiets Race
May 18, 2008, 4:30 pm
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Today I biked over to the Vondelpark to see if the announced ‘Mama Bakfiets Race’ would be as much fun as the title promised it to be.
Mama Bakfiets Race
Organized by Viva Mama Magazine as a charity event for OrangeBabies.nl (donating medicines to pregnant African women with HIV, thus reducing the chance that the infants are born with HIV by 50%), it was no bare bone event, everything was taken care of.

I also bumped into Marlooz, who’s was there for professional purposes, filming the event. As it was about a race between moms on bakfietsen, often with kids on board, through Vondelpark, going from leg to leg, I proposed she could hop on the back of my bike to continue filming, adding some ‘action’ to her footage. Of course, you don’t have to ask a Dutch girl twice, excellent idea.

It was pretty amazing to see the moms’ agility on the mostly heavily packed bakfietsen while performing the stage tasks. Ranging from obstacle course to jousting. Yes, jousting. I shot some video of that, and here’s the result, you be the judge:

It was fun and truly a typical Dutch cycle phenomenon. Not something this blog was allowed to miss.

You can find the rest of my pictures here.

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4 Comments so far
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Fantastic, I just saw this on the Flickr group. Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed it.

Comment by DrMekon

thanks and you’re very welcome! Expect a lot more this summer 🙂

Comment by mindcaster

Now, that’s what I want! Then I could transport, kid, dogs, and groceries! Too bad there are not very many bike lanes where I am going.

Comment by Jillian

hey Jillian! Yeah, they’re brilliant.
You’d be surprised how quickly you’ll emancipate traffic when you ride a bakfiets around town, bike lines or no bike lanes.:)

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