Some weird and wonderful sights have graced the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade over the six decades of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, but for fans of all things bike-related, none can compare to one of this year’s overseas guest acts, The Band of the Royal Netherlands Army Mounted Regiments, better known as The Dutch Army Cycling Band.
Dressed in World War I uniforms and mounted on vintage bicycles, which are clearly lovingly tended if the vignette at the end of the video below is anything to go by, even the Scottish rain proved unable to deter the cycling musicians from running through tunes including, of course, Tulips From Amsterdam which segued effortlessly into Loch Lomond in tribute to their hosts.
Based in the Van Brederode Barracks in Vucht, the band which comprises 40 musicians and even has its own fan website can trace its origins back to 1917, although the Dutch army’s Bicycle Corps is older still, having been founded in 1894.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo continues until 27 August.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.