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Racing Tracks in Amsterdam (2) 1919

The first bike race on the wooden track of the Amsterdam Stadium summer 1919. Klaas van Nek (left) wins.

 

The bike races on the peat track ('turfbaan') were an immediate success since the start in 1918. But the track itself was not.

 

They tried to improve the shape of track by building small, low constructions in the four bendings "so you could fly through them," as Frits explained me once.

 

But the gentlemen of the 'maatschappij tot Exploitatie van het Nederlandsche Sportpark te Amsterdam' realized themselves that they needed a better track fast. So they bought a wooden track with raised curved bendings, which was easy to take apart when the football season started.

It worked great.

 

Wen the Amsterdam Stadium closed in 1929 the track (f 5.000,=) plus one of the tribunes (f 2.000,=) should go to Groningen.

 

More about racing track in the Amsterdam Stadium.

 

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