The history of the Eleven Cities Tour
Eleven Cities fever
Since that first tour in 1909, only 15 official Eleven Cities Tours have been organised. The last one was in 1997 and every year, as soon as the frost sets in, the Dutch suffer from the ‘Eleven Cities Fever’, hoping for one of these unique and spectacular events.
The Eleven Cities cross
History shows that people were already trying to skate the route past all Frisian cities in a day centuries ago. It was Pim Mulier who organised a skating tour that covered the eleven cities in 1909 and designed the ‘cross’ for contestants who reach the finish.
W.A. van Buren
In 1986, King Willem-Alexander began the 200 kilometer tour incognito. Midway through the tour, it was revealed that the 18 year old Prince Willem-Alexander had registered under the name W.A. van Buren. Van Buren is a pseudonym that the royal family uses frequently.