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Term Definition
Eleven Cities Cycling Tour

The Eleven Cities Cycling Tour (Dutch: Fietselfstedentocht) was originally a bicycle race in Friesland, Netherlands, but now, due to the number of partakers, has become a bicycle tour. It is the cycling counterpart of the Elfstedentocht ice-skating tour which is held irregularly on frozen waterways in the same region. The race developed in parallel with its ice-skating counterpart but unlike the skating race, has taken place almost every year. Since 1947 it has taken place on White Monday. The event has become immensely popular. As a safety precaution it ceased to be a race but has become a tour with a maximum average speed of 25 km/h between checkpoints.