PostNL has issued a stamp dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the legendary Eleven Cities speed skating tour won by Reinier Paping, Dutch speedskater.
The Eleven Cities Tour is a 200-kilometre skating tour along eleven cities in the province of Friesland, which has been organised since 1909 by the Royal Association of the Eleven Frisian Cities. In over one hundred years, the event took place fifteen times. The most heroic of all tours was the edition of 18 January 1963, which was won by Reinier Paping. Due to the harsh weather conditions, only 69 of the more than 9,000 participants in the leisure skating tour received the prestigious token (a little cross, extended to those who reach the finish in time). Among the participants in the speed skating match the majority was forced to retire