Video: The madness of l'Alpe d'Huez's Dutch Corner

Fans from the Netherlands turn the mountain into a multi-day party

by John Stevenson   July 19, 2013  

Dutch corner

Dutch Corner on l’Alpe d’Huez is an institution of the Tour de France. Global Cycling Network went to meet some of the fans from the Netherlands who take over a section of the mountain whenever the Tour de France comes this way.

In years when the Tour de France ascends l’Alpe d’Huez, turn 7 becomes the highest point in the Netherlands as orange-clad fans gather for a multi-day party.

This year, Dutch fans had arrived as early as Monday to stake a spot on the mountain, and brought with them staggering amounts of refreshment. Well, it’s thirsty work cheering on the riders in the hot sun for several hours, and you obviously have to spend a few days preparing for it.

In this video GCN’s Simon Richardson, meets the fans on Dutch Corner, including the guys whose camper van contained 120 litres of beer. It’s a hell of a party.

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Het is zeer goed.

posted by dogcc [98 posts]
19th July 2013 - 19:35

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When I stopped there on the way up a few weeks ago, someone had altered the flush on the urinal at that turn to come straight out at you. Good job I don't go in for white shorts. Anyway, watch out for that.

posted by SteppenHerring [169 posts]
19th July 2013 - 21:32

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when i rode the Alpe the day before the Tour went up they gave me a beer hand-up, classy

posted by VecchioJo [740 posts]
20th July 2013 - 20:27

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