Joop Zoetemelk, the Netherlands' best cyclist ever

Rijpwetering
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Joop Zoetemelk is a Dutch former cyclist, who is considered one of the best Dutch tour riders ever. Zoetemelk grew up in Rijpwetering, but has been living in France for decades. In 1979 he won the Tour of Spain, in 1980 the Tour de France and was world champion in 1985 at the ‘ripe old age’, in the sporting world, of 38.

Olympic skater Margot Boer

Woubrugge
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Margot Boer is a former Dutch long track speed skater from Woubrugge. She specialised in the sprint distances.


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: Polder transport

Roelofarendsveen, Nieuwe Wetering
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The peat polder consisted of wet land with coppiced woodland. In order to grow on this,narrow strips of land were laid out with ditches around them for drainage. The fields could only be reached by boat. Everything was transported by barges.

Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: The Auction

Roelofarendsveen
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In 1912 the plant growers cooperative Eendracht Maakt Macht (Unity Creates Power) built an auction house. Plant growers brought their products before the bell and the tribune with merchants by boat. The building has been partially preserved and now houses the Wagenaar restaurant.


Veenderpolder and Lijkerpolder: The lock

Roelofarendsveen
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In 1632 a quayside was built around the polder due to the flooding of the Braassem. Four wooden locks were built for water regulation and accessibility. This is the only lock still there. It dates from 1897 and replaced the first, wooden sluice.

The story of the polders

Kaag en Braassem
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It must have looked amusing. Inspectors of Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland tackling cracks in the dikes with a watering can and some soil. Very basic perhaps, but extremely effective. Boats sprayed the dikes from the water. The spring of 2011 threatened to become even dryer than the preceding year and peat dikes do not like dryness. If they dry out, they can break.


Olympic swimming champion Femke Heemskerk

Roelofarendsveen
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Experience your own story in Kaag en Braassem, just like Femke Heemskerk. Besides being a gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics and world champion, she is also just from Roelofarendsveen, a small village in Kaag en Braassem. She tells her story ...