Following the international success of the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour, which will finish this year in Amsterdam at Cannabis Liberation Day 2015, a couple of years ago a group of cannabis enthusiasts from the Netherlands formed Tour de Achterdeur.
This year, the tour started March 15 at Amsterdam central station and finished after 75 kilometers at the Binnenhof in The Hague. The latter is a complex of buildings in the city centre of The Hague and houses the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
This year, I participated in the tour on my 30 year old Peugeot racing bike, on behalf of Dutch legalization organization VOC Nederland.
We made one (official) stop on the way at a Coffeeshop in Zandvoort, for refreshments and a smoke (or a vape) and most important of all, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves even though many of us would rather do something instead on their Sunday. In general, the tour was a good promotion of the sport itself too.
Would it not have been for a cause, I’d still have signed up and enjoyed myself, biking with a field of cannabis enthusiasts through Amsterdam and surrounding cities and towns. This in itself was a unique experience and I’m convinced the memory will last a lifetime. Truth be told, in part thanks to the footage which has been shot throughout the day.
The tour amassed a group of over 50 cannabis enthusiasts from all over the country and even though temperatures were close to freezing, everyone arrived on time prior to the start of the tour. In the end, only one person didn’t complete the tour due to mechanical failure.
For me personally, two universes crossed with Tour de Achterdeur. Bicycle racing is in my blood and so is THC.
Of course, hopefully the initiative won’t be necessary anymore next year, but I’d sign up for next year already if I could!
Tour de Achterdeur is an initiative by cooperating organizations working on improving the Dutch cannabis policy, VOC Nederland (Union for Abolition of Cannabis Prohibition), Adviesburo Drugs Amsterdam (Drugs Advisory Foundation Amsterdam), PCN (Platform Cannabis Enterprises Netherlands), Foundation Society and Cannabis (Cannabis-Kieswijzer) and WeSmoke. The 2015 tour managed to get national media attention, by dutch Media Nu.nl and De Telegraaf. More pictures can be found in the VOC Nederland photo report.