In 1996, for the first time the "Arjaan de Schipper Trophy” had been organised. In 1999 the race is called "ZLM tour for the Arjaan de Schipper trophy". Together with thought-provoking international races such as "the Ronde van Vlaanderen" and "the tour de l'Avenir" the ZLM tour belongs to the so-called "Union Cycliste Internationale Nations Cup Under 23" competition. This means that the peloton of the ZLM tour is a international talent pool with professional riders for the next few years. Riders from all over the world wil be present in the next ZLM race. A unique race, particularly because it is the only game in the Netherlands in these UCI race Nations Cup under 23.