The fourteenth Elfstedentocht (1986) did have a very special participant. Crown Prince Willem Alexander joined under the name of W. A. van Buren . A few days before the trip had come to the request by the provincial government of Friesland or could be made an exception for the prince. After all, he was not a club member, but wanted to ride. Moreover, he had a bet with friends that he could ride out the journey. At a quarter to seven Willem Alexander began his trek sample. Customize he was noticed near Stavoren. After that was rumored and it was soon confirmed by the Eleven Cities Board. ES evening, at the finish, the tired prince fell into the arms of his mother, Queen Beatrix, and his father, Prince Claus.