Headwinds are usually discussed in a negative tone. Few of us enjoy riding or running into a headwind. So who on earth thought a “Headwind Championship” would be a good idea?

The Dutch Headwind Championships pit rider against rider on identical bikes, competing along an 8.5km course straight into gale force winds whipping up off the North Sea.

If you think your local exposed stretch is tough, check this out.

After enduring that pain, we can only imagine the ride back the other way would be sweet, sweet bliss.