Eleven Cities Tour: Dutch skaters hope for a weather miracle

Ice skaters in the Netherlands are hoping to get a once-in-a-generation chance to tackle the Eleven Cities Tour. The Elfstedentocht is an ice skating race that measures about 200km (135 miles) along the canals that connect the 11 cities in the Friesland province of the Netherlands.

It is skated on natural ice, and the last time it was cold enough was back in 1997.
Skaters are hopeful that this year’s cold snap will bring the ice needed for the race, but this year bot global warming and COVID-19 are posing a threat to the event.

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