The “PLN Elfstedentocht”…..cycling for for the PLN Foundation!
This ‘Alternative Monster Tour’, along 11 Frisian cities, is cycled to raise money for research into the hereditary heart muscle disease PLN.
On Saturday September 11, 2021, doctors, cardiologists, scientists, practitioners and others involved cycled the PLN Elfstedentocht and they raised over € 85.000!
We will keep you posted about the 2022 event as soon as we have news about this!
The original Elfstedentocht is a typical Dutch historic and heritage event. It is s a long-distance tour skating event on natural ice, almost 200 kilometres long. It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, leading past all eleven historical cities of the province. The tour is held when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimetres thick. The last tour was held in 1997. When the ice is not thick enough, you can also cycle this tour as 33 cardiologist and doctors did last september for the PLN Foundation. (see here). There has probably been a Dutch ancestor from this province of Friesland, approximately 700 years ago, who was suffering from the PLN gene mutation and all patients today are his/her descendants.
The Original Tour
The Styrkeproven is a bike ride of 568 kilometers in 24 hours, from Trondheim to OIso in Norway. Truly a Monstrous Tour. In 2018, a group of cardiologists joined this tour to raise money for PLN: the PLN Monster Tour. In 2019 a team of Dutch cardiologists took part in this tour again. As a result of COVID 19, the team cycled the Elfstedentocht last year, with great success: more than €100,000,– was collected for research into PLN. A great result. The now annual cycling tour will again be cycled in Friesland this year.
(All proceeds from the bike tour are 100% spent on our research purposes: finding an affordable treatment method for PLN. Costs are donated separately by various sponsors.)