Race around the Netherlands is a fully self-supported bike packing race.

The RatN is a do-it-yourself challenge.

You are your own ride organizer.

Understand that this is a personal challenge against the clock. Not against others!

It is 1890k in distance with 6800m of elevation.

The RatN has two categories – solo and pair.

Start and finish location:

De Proloog Cafe
Allemanswaard 27
3958 KA Amerongen

Start time and date:

Start: May 1st at 0800 local time.
Official Finish: May 9th at 1800 local time.



1. Riders must complete the full course from start to finish under their own power.

2. Riders must be fully self-supported.

3. No Drafting at any time.
(pair riders may draft each other)

4. Riders must follow the Dutch laws at any time.

5. Riders are required to use a provided GPS device.

6. No prize money.


The start and finish is in the village of Amerongen, located at the Utrechtse Heuvelrug at the famous cycling cafe De Proloog. The route takes us first along the rivers Neder-Rijn and the Waal to the historic cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem (known from the film “A Bridge Too Far” about the Operation Market Garden). Next you leave the beautiful river landscape and the historic cities behind and the route takes you through the National Park Veluwezoom. The National Park is known for its endless heath fields, imposing country estates and of course one of the most famous hills in the Netherlands, the Posbank.

You will pass through the heart of Enschede and along the Dolmens in the province of Drenthe, prehistoric burial chambers where the cycle route passes by. After which the route leads you through the city of Groningen.

The wind starts to get stronger and you get closer to one of the icons of the Dutch flood defense, the Afsluitdijk. Unfortunately we do not cross the Dike in the next years due to construction. Instead riders will ride around the Ijsselmeer.

After that the route takes you south along the Dutch coast. Beautiful beaches and dunes with little to no buildings, towards the port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe. First you will cycle through the city of Rotterdam and across the Erasmus bridge towards the Maasvlakte.

The route takes you further south over the Delta Park Neeltje Jans, which is part of the Dutch flood defense, in the direction of Vlissingen. A historic city due to its strategic location. In the Eighty Years’ War between the Netherlands and Spain, the city was in Spanish hands for a while.

You cycle along the Belgian border towards the hills in the province of Limburg. Where you hit one of the iconic Dutch hills, the Keutenberg with a maximum gradient of 16%.

If you have conquered the hills you cycle back through the beautiful river landscape of the Maas towards Nijmegen. Via the southern side of the rivers over the dikes you will finish at the cafe De Proloog.


some impressions

GENERAL Information

EXTERNAL Information and support

We want to encourage people and businesses along the route to connect to the riders! 
We want to inform all riders properly of all given external opportunities during the event!

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 When and How much is the Registration?

Registration opens June 01st, 2019 and closes April 10th, 2020

Fee for Registration Solo category is 185 Euro.

Fee for Registration Pair category is 185 Euro.
For the pair category both riders have to register and pay. Please tell us your riding partner!

Fee for a one night stay the night in the hostel prior to the event is 35,- extra

First come – first served!

What you get for the fee:

The Route in form of a gpx file

Tracking device for the duration of the event

Official race cap

Pasta Dinner the evening before the start!

Welcome at the finishline in de Proloog cafe:
Shower, the option to sleep it off if you finish at night time!

Pictures we make during the event (can`t guarantee we have yours but we will try)

Publishing individual times on our website.

Refund policy:
65,-Euro refund until December, 30th 2019

Use the EVENT SIGN UP in the top menu to Register if you already have an Adventure Bike Racing Account!


Ben Klaasman
61 years old
Olaf Rittgeroth
54 years old

**About me**
Ich möchte in 2021 beim längsten und härtesten Radrennen der Welt, dem Race across America kurz gesagt RAAM, als Solo-Starter teilnehmen. Dabei ist die Distanz von 5.000 km und 51.000 Hm in einer Zeit von max. 12 Tagen zu bewältigen. Start ist in Oceanside an der Westküste und Ziel ist Annapolis an der Ostküste der USA.
Seit 1982 haben sich bis Heute nur 41 deutsche Solo-Fahrer an diese Strecke gewagt und nur 23 davon haben die Ziellinie erreicht. Ich möchte mich auch dieser ultimativen Herausforderung stellen.

**Steps of sporty life**
-IRONMAN Triathlon-EM in Frankfurt
-24 h von Kehlheim
-IRONMAN Lanzarote
-IRONMAN 70.3 in Zell am See ( Austria )
-24 h Indoor-Cycling Marathon in Moosbach
-IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel ( Mexico )
-Int. Langdistanz Triathlon in Abu Dhabi
-Transalp 380 Km - 7700 Hm
-Dolomiten-Rundfahrt 480 Km - 10.500 Hm
-24h Radrennen Zandvoort 486 Km
-Race across Germany Solo-Finisher 1100 Km, 56 h, NonStop-Race
-Race across America ( RAAM ) Team-Finisher 5000 km, NonStop-Race
-Race at Netherland Test-Ride 1.300 Km in 4 Tagen - NonStop
-Dolomiten-Tour Sella-Ronda 560 Km - 6.840 Hm
-24h Radrennen Zandvoort
-12h Radrennen Zolder 300 Km




RESULTS 2019 (unofficial)


Bas Vlaskamp, Netherlands // 4D // 1H // 3M 

Daan Marsmans, Netherlands // 4D // 4H // 35M

Sam Thomas, Netherlands // 4D // 6H // 48M

Yves Conen, Belgium // 4D // 10H // 8M

Ashley Sharp, United Kingdom // 4D // 10H // 10M

Bart Verheijen, Netherlands // 4D // 10H // 10M

Hippy, Australia // 4D // 13H // 4M

Stephen Haines, United Kingdom // 4D // 15H // 56M

Robert Ferri, Virgin Islands // 4D // 19H // 33M

Tom Hudders, Belgium  // 4D // 22H // 19M

Igor Talevski, Macedonia // 4D // 22H // 47M

Andy Lawrence, United Kingdom // 4D // 23H // 56M

Andrew Osborne, United Kingdom // 5D // 3H // 38M

Andras Regös, Switzerland // 5D // 5H // 52M

George Bennett, United Kingdom // 5D // 6H // 25M

Tom Williams, United Kingdom // 5D // 10H // 5M

Rob Meeuwessen, Netherlands // 5D // 11H // 10M

Erik Wallinga, Netherlands // 5D // 12H // 14M

Eddie Kouiss, Netherlands // 5D // 12H // 45M

Lamri Adjis, Netherlands // 5D // 18H // 3M

Jan-Dick den Das, Netherlands // 5D // 19H // 24M

Wybren Buijs, Netherlands // 5D // 22H // 13M

Aram Drake, Australia // 6D // 2H // 3M

Jack Peterson, United Kingdom // 6D // 2H // 19M

Carsten Honemann, Germany // 6D* // 3H // 58M

Richard Orton, United Kingdom // 6D // 4H // 45M

Stefan Anastasiei, Romania // 6D // 6H // 43M

Bregt Huizenga, Netherlands // 6D // 10H // 1M

Stéphane Billard, France // 6D // 10H // 41M

Sebastian Bönner, Germany // 6D // 10H // 53M

Bas Scherpenisse, Netherlands // 6D // 11H // 07M

Erik Vennemann, Netherlands // 6D // 11H // 14M

Onno Zuidema, Netherlands // 6D // 11H // 07M

René Rutten, Netherlands // 6D // 12H // 58M

Andrew Wilson, United Kingdom // 6D // 15H // 57M

Patrick Bruns, Netherlands // 7D // 6H // 21M

Kilian Wagner, Germany // 7D // 09H // 10M

Willem Pals, Netherlands // 7D // 09H // 38M

Berry van den Brink, Netherlands // 7D // 09H // 59M

Sheila Woollam, United Kingdom // 7D // 18H // 8M

Julia Freeman, United Kingdom // 8D // 7H // 50M

Susanne van Aardenne, Netherlands // 8D* // 11H // 41M

* +24H time adjustment for taken the afslusdike route


Kevin Robison, United Kingdom // 6D // 7H // 7M

Jamie Robison, United Kingdom // 6D // 7H // 7M

Richard Hunt, United Kingdom // 6D // 18H // 37M

Gawaine Clark, United Kingdom // 6D // 18H // 37M

Adam Kramer, Netherlands // 6D // 20H // 17M

Nathan Streunding, Netherlands // 6D // 20H // 17M

Maren Barkowsky, Germany // 6D // 22H // 16M

Marc Alinski, Germany // 6D // 22H // 16M

Christopher Crawford, United Kingdom // 7D* // 7H // 31M

Pascal Gebing, Germany // 7D* // 7H // 31M

Dirk Martens, Belgium // 8D // 3H // 43M 

Luc Van Ginneken, Belgium // 8D // 3H // 43M

Matteo Minola-Violino, Italy // 8D // 8H // 27M

Carmen Acampo, Netherlands // 8D* // 9H // 33M

Goedele Visser, Netherlands // 8D* // 9H // 33M

Andrew Slaven, Canada // 8D* // 9H // 40M

Matt Walker, United Kingdom // 8D* // 9H // 40M

* +24H time adjustment for taken the afslusdike route



Joris Cosyn, Belgium // 4D // 6H // 11M

Tjerk Bakker, Netherlands // 4D // 10H // 45M

Colin James, United Kingdom // 4D // 11H // 12M

Jason Schreurs, Netherlands // 4D //13H // 28M

Erik Wallinga, Netherlands // 4D // 14H // 35M

Adam Verhaar, Netherlands // 5D // 8H // 28M

James Holmes, Netherlands // 5D // 13H // 2M

Jamie Robison, United Kingdom // 6D // 4H // 19M

Onno Zuidema, Netherlands // 6D // 8H // 52M

Dean Strike, Australia // 6D // 11H // 48M

Erik Venneman, Netherlands // 6D // 16H // 5M

Rutger van Valderen, Netherlands // 6D // 16H // 30M // incl. 4H Penalty

William Luke Windsor, United Kingdom // 7D // 4H // 55M

Marc Wismans, Netherlands // 7D // 8H // 55M

Ralph Cullen, Netherlands // finish

Thijs Verbrugghe, Netherlands // dsq (fully self supported) // finish

Mathias Reygaerts, Belgium // dnf

Eric Kampherbeek, Netherlands // dnf

Lamri Adjis, Netherlands // dnf

Julia Freeman, United Kingdom // dnf

Olaf Rittgeroth, Germany // dnf

Eelco Weijmans, Netherlands // dnf

Jan-Willem Bobbink, Netherlands // dns

Christopher Greenan, Scotland // dns



Giorsio Raboen, Netherlands // 5D // 16H // 50M

Alain Raboen, Netherlands // 5D // 16H // 50M

Dennis Kim, South Korea // dnf

Hana Kim, South Korea // dnf

Leon Lagerwerf, Netherlands // dnf

Bart Meerwijk, Netherlands // dnf

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