ABOUT

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 1900k 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
https://deproloog.cc/

Start time and date:

Sign up and bike check: April 29th from 1200 to 1700 local time.
Pasta: April 29th at 1800 local time.
Start:  April 30th at 0800 local time.
Official Finish: May 8th at 1800 local time.

RULES

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.

ROUTE 

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 along the coastline. Instead of crossing the Ijsselmeer overone of the icons of the Dutch flood defense, the Afsluitdijk, riders will ride around the Ijsselmeer and will pass scenic harbors in the towns of Enkhuizen and Hoorn.

den Header 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.

REGISTRATION 2022

2022 event is sold out. RatN will be back on April, 27th 2024.

When and How much is the Registration?

Registration opens September 01st, 2021 and closes March 15th, 2022

Fee for Early Registration (until December 31st) is 195Euro.

Fee for Late Registration (from January 1st 2022) is 225 Euro.

For the pair category both riders have to register and pay. Please tell us your riding partner!

Optional: Fee for the pasta meal in the evening of the sign up day is 15,- extra

Optional: Fee for a one night stay in the hostel the night prior to the event is 30,- 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

Welcome at the finishline in de Proloog cafe:
Shower, the option to sleep 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:
85,-Euro refund until December, 30th 2021

Use the EVENT SIGN UP in the top menu if you already have an Adventure Bike Racing Account!
You need to LOGIN first!

RIDERS 2022

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SOCIAL MEDIA FEED

Hoping I’ve got everything… #ratn2022 #jaegher ...

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Nat begin van #ratn2021 blijven trappen ...

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#ratn2022
Link naar de tracker website.
Start op zaterdag 30 april om 08u00.
Mijn startnummer is 38.
https://ratn2022.legendstracking.com/
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It’s that time of the year again... the Race Around the Netherlands just commenced! Despite the bad weather, Johan and many other riders have taken the self-supported challenge to cycle 1.900 km around the Netherlands!⠀

We are proud to see our modular frame bag being used in an official bikepacking event! We would like to wish Johan and all the other riders a lot of fun and success for the upcoming week!⠀

More information about the race? Visit https://buff.ly/3vxnq2Z⠀


#ratn2021 #racearoundthenetherlands #custommeritgear
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This saturday I will start my first ever ultra endurance cycling event called the race around the Netherlands. A 1900+ km route. It is time to leave the comfort zone. 🔥Let’s gooo 🚴🏼💨 #racearoundthenetherlands #ratn2022 #supersixevo #ultraendurancecycling #bikepacking #apidura #wahooligan #adventurebikeracing ...

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Zaterdag is de Race around the Netherlands gestart. De klasbakken die hieraan deelnemen zijn momenteel onderweg voor 1900 km door het mooie Nederlandse landschap. En dat met deze weersomstandigheden. 🌧️💨🚴 Respect!

Wij wensen alle deelnemers nog heel veel succes en Koerspret toe! De race is te volgen via de website van adventurebikeracing.

Ps. Wat was eigenlijk jouw langste fietsrit ooit?

#koerspret #wielerbier #fietsplezier #cyclingbeer #bier #beer #strava #stravacycling #fromwhereiride #cycling #ratn2021 #ratn #racearoundthenetherlands #racearoundthenetherlands2021
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#ratn2022 leaders basvlaskamp & lean_caffeine started really fast; 360+ km in first 12 hours and around 650-685 after 24 hours. 🚀🚀
Leading female rider sherry.cycling covered 520 km in 24 hours; on her way for a 4 day finish 👏👏
Impressive riding!
#endurance #racing adventurebikeracing
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RATN - DNF

Mijn RATN eindigde in een bushokje bij Sint Jacobiparochie. Eén mailtje en het was officieel klaar. Zondagochtend begon mijn achillespees te zeuren, zondagmiddag deed de andere vrolijk mee. Maandag werd het in de loop van de dag erger, maar ik hoopte dat het daar bij zou blijven. Dat viel tegen, vanmorgen kon ik niet meer lopen. Op zich is het principe van RATN fietsen, dus ik hoopte dat ik het wel los kon fietsen. Helaas, het werd alleen maar erger. En ik moest nog een week.
Het is vast beter zo. Het waren in ieder geval 3 mooie dagen, met mooie (en minder mooie) stukjes Nederland, en heel veel leuke mensen onderweg. Ik heb veel geleerd, waarvan het belangrijkste is dat ik dat verre fietsen gewoon heel leuk vind. Nu dat nog even duidelijk maken aan mijn achillespezen.
Tijd om te gaan dotwatchen! Ongelofelijk dat de eerste al bijna terug is!

#ratn2022
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This looks like the start of a nice day of bike-messaging. Well, the day started nice, but unfortunately it soon started raining and hailing. Just like all the other days of this week: not the weather you expect in May.

But how can I complain knowing that those who are participating in the Race Around The Netherlands are continuously battling this stormy and rainy wheather. Those are the real heroes out there.

For those who already finished: a big chapeau! And for everyone still out there: bon courage.
I’m enjoying it from the side line this year watching the dots.

#outsideisfree
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#caferenner
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#messlife
#radrennen
#nevernotcycling
#cyclingphotos
#ratn2021
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The first ultra cycling race has many challenges 🌬 One of them was to figure out my setup.
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Check out my setup and gear list for the Race Around the Netherlands #ratn2022 on my new video on YouTube in the link on my bio 🔝
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Some new photos have emerged from #racearoundthenetherlands #ratn2022

Here's another of me from the finish line at proloog.cc
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It's D - 27 for the start of the #RATN2022. I fell like I'm ready (yeah ok last year I had the same feeling and nothing went according to plan but shhh). Everybody is welcome at the start line in Amerongen on the 30th April. Feel free to come. I'll give you the tracking link and my cap number once we'll receive them. I'll probably be more active on Twitter than Insta but I'll try to post something every day. If you want to read about my #RATN2021, see link in my bio 🙂

#ultracyclisme #PaysBas #TheNetherlands #bike #bikelife #GenesisBike #genesisbikes #genesisbikesuk
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Alé ze, Sven is weer vertrokken voor een ritje van 1900 km (nee ik vergis me niet met de nullekes ☺️)
Gestart deze ochtend om 7u45. Worden weer zenuwslopende uren/dagen.
Voor de liefhebbers, we kunnen terug live volgen, magic number 24 deze keer: http://ratn2021.legendstracking.com.
Het gaat natuurlijk om "enjoying the ride", maar we gaan toch voor 'the win' 😛.

Zijn persoonlijk verslag is via zijn insta te volgen, hij kan daar nog wat volgers en steun gebruiken 😉
https://www.instagram.com/svencappuyns/

#RATN2021 #racearoundthenetherlands

ps: mentale steun voor mij is ook welkom ze
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As a tradition let me share my setup before Race Around NL. Btw saddle bag will be nearly half as I have all my clothes there and I will wear one of the two sets tomorrow.) As another cyclist said ready or not, we will start anyway 😂 technically I made a lot of changes (new bike, gps device, aerobar and me😜) compared to last year. Mentally I am quite ready but physically I am not sure 😅 let see together how it will go. My reference will be my 2021 results, I will compete with myself no one else. Live tracker will be in the bio and my cap number is 70. #RATN2022 #ultraendurancecycling #racearoundthenetherlands ...

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One week to go for the big race around NL. Am I excited? Yes 👍 Am I ready? Not sure. 🤙 compared to previous year, I have better setup & technical equipments but I could not train as planned. For sure I will do my best as mentally I am quite prepared. Setup I’ll share later as cockpit change and aero bar installation will complete next week. // Hollanda etrafında süreceğim büyük yarışa 1 haftadan az kaldı. Geçen seneye göre ekipman olarak daha hazırım ancak istediğim düzeyde antrenman yapamadım. Tabi ki elimden gelenin en iyisini yapacağım. Takipte kalın, yeni bisiklet ve yarış ekipmanlarını daha sonra paylaşacağım. 😉🤙 #RATN2022 #ultraendurancecycling #racearoundthenetherlands ...

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(Türkçe aşağıda👇) EN: Dear followers/friends, as announced before, 1st of May 2021 I will start an event which is a race/ride around the Netherlands (RATN) and it will be a long journey around the country where I am living now. The aim is to ride more than 1.900 km in 8,5. While training for this event I was thinking about why not combine my passion for cycling with a volunteer activity such as fundraising for refugees which will also be a good motivation for me. During my ride I will be thinking about refugees around the world. You can follow me via live tracker on official web site (https://www.dotwatcher.cc/race/race-around-the-netherlands-2021) during the event. And don't hesitate to say hi when I pass by your neighborhood with my bike during RATN.

To support me, you can share this post in your story to make this initiative more visible. And it will be great if you can donate to this initiative that I will transfer all money raised to UNHCR Nederland after completion of campaign. Link for this is in my bio and here (https://gofund.me/1a2b63c4).

TR: Gençler daha önce duyurduğum üzere, 1 Mayıs 2021’de görseldeki rotayı “Hollanda Etrafındaki yarış/sürüş” kapsamında süreceğim. Yaşadığım ülkenin tüm sınırını dolaşacağım uzun bir tur olacak. Hedefim 8,5 günde 1.900 km sürüp bu etkinliği tamamlamak. Bu etkinlik için antreman yaparken bende bir tutkuya dönüşen bisiklet sürmeyi faydalı bir amaç ile neden birleştirmeyeyim diye düşündüm ve UNHCR (Birleşmiş Milletler Mülteciler Yüksek Komiserliği) Hollanda temsilciliği ile iletişime geçip onlar için fon toplamak istediğimi belirttim. Hem de bu kampanya benim için motivasyon olur diye düşündüm. Bu sürüş sırasında aklımda dünya üzerindeki mülteciler olacak. Etkinlik sırasında beni canlı olarak https://www.dotwatcher.cc/race/race-around-the-netherlands-2021 websitesinden takip edebilirsiniz.

Beni desteklemek için bu gönderiyi sayfanızda paylaşabilir, daha fazla duyurulmasına yardımcı olabilirsiniz. Ayrıca bütçeniz ölçüsünde kampanyaya bağışta bulunabilirsiniz. Toplanacak tüm para, kampanya bitiminde UNHCR Hollanda hesabına aktarılacak. Bağış linki profilimde ve burada (https://gofund.me/1a2b63c4).
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(TR👇) EN: 2 days ago I started cycling at 6:45 AM and the goal was to ride 400 km till end of the day. Motivation was good but after km 200 I started feeling pain in my left knee. I used pain killer and increased cadence but pain did not disappear. After check point in Amsterdam I booked a room at the closet hotel on the route and decided to have a long break. I could hardly arrive hotel. Next day I tried using ibuprofen, magnesium spray, stretching & massage. Till Km 50 there was no issue but after this pain reappeared even riding with 10 km/h speed it was tough. So I decided to scratch not to fully ruin my knee. Overall around 1.000 km ride and half of the #RATN completed. It was an unique experience for me. I met with really nice riders. I had many lessons learned and will come back stronger for sure 😉💪 // TR: Yarış için 2 gün önce saat 6:45’te sürüşe başladım ve hedefim o gün 400 km sürmekti. Motivasyonum gayet yerindeydi ancak 200. kilometreden sonra sol dizimde ağrı hissetmeye başladım. Ağrı kesici almama ve pedal çevirme hızımı yükseltmeme rağmen ağrı kaybolmadı. Amsterdam’daki kontrol noktasını geçtikten sonra rota üzerindeki en yakın hotelden rezervasyon yaptım ancak kendimi zorla otele atabildim. Uzun bir dinlenmenin üstüne ibuprofen, magnezyum sprey kullandım, esneme hareketleri ve dizime masaj yaptım ve öyle yola çıktım. İlk 50 km bir problem yaşamadım ancak sonrasında ağrı yine ortaya çıktı ve hızım 10 km/s olmasına rağmen zorlanmaya başladım. Dizimi daha fazla yıpratmamak adına yarıştan çekilmeye karar verdim. Toplamda yaklaşık 1.000 km sürüp rotanın yarısını tamamladım. Benim için eşsiz bir deneyim oldu. Bir çok güzel insan ile tanıştım. Kendime bazı dersler çıkardım. Bir sonraki yarışa kesinlikle daha güçlü bir şekilde katılacağım 😉🙏 #ratn2022 #racearoundthenetherlands #ultraendurancecycling (photo by berga_johan ...

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Bike check in #ratn2022 ...

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Mijn mountainbike staat eigenlijk altijd wel standby voor een (hele) lange duurrit maar 1900 kilometer op de racefiets is andere koek. Nu dus maar vast begonnen met testen en finetunen van hoe mijn fiets er tijdens de Race Around The Netherlands uit moet gaan zien. Preparation is key!
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#ratn2022
Moeilijk momentje.
Mijn Bmbenen vragen zich af wat ik aan get doen ben, en mijn achterwerk weet heel zeker dat dit niet leuk is.
Dus even een koffie.
En dan ga ik door , hopelijk tot voorbij Hoogherheide.
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#newbikeday!
Not sure about the fit but I just like the colors! 🤪

All jokes aside, time fore some serious things! Registered for the #ratn2021
Race around The Netherlands!

A self supporting race of 1900km, and 8 days to finish it! This one was on the to do list for a long time! Crazy ideas getting real! Not riding alone, paired up with the one and only happiestcycling

Yes already nervous and scared but mostly excited and looking forward to it!
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Race around The Netherlands 2021 is on!
From 6.00AM this morning 70 riders start there individual 1917 kilometer journey at de Proloog in Amerongen!

Due to the covid19 restrictions there are some changes in this years Event.
Sign up and bike checks were done online prior to the start.

Due to the restrictions we could not offer the hostel or a group start this year. Therefor riders were given the choice to start on April 30th or May 1st. Riders start in a pre-chosen order. Faster riders start on May 1st. The Tracking site will show the individual starting time.

Really thankful about the engagement from #dotwatcher again this year. Read the reports here:
https://www.dotwatcher.cc/race/race-around-the-netherlands-2021

Direct link to the tracking site:
http://ratn2021.legendstracking.com/

Our website also has a follow section:
https://www.adventurebikeracing.com/ratn/

Follow riders in the Strava group to see some riding statistics:
https://www.strava.com/clubs/RatN

Our Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/adventurebikeracing/

Official Facebook Group for fans, friends and family:
https://web.facebook.com/groups/283625912161763/

Official Hashtag #RATN2021 and/or #racearoundthenetherlands

Enjoy!
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Race Around The Netherlands 2022 is on! From tomorrow 8am 140 riders start their individual journey of almost 2000km from De Proloog in Amerongen!

A big thank you to #dotwatcher again this year for reporting on the race. Follow the adventures of our riders here:
https://www.dotwatcher.cc/race/ratn-2022

Follow your favorite dot on the tracking site:
http://ratn2022.legendstracking.com/

Our website also has a follow section:
https://www.adventurebikeracing.com/ratn/

Follow riders in the Strava group to see some riding statistics:
https://www.strava.com/clubs/RatN

Our Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/adventurebikeracing/

Official Facebook Group for fans, friends and family:
https://web.facebook.com/groups/283625912161763/

Official Hashtag #RATN2022 and/or #racearoundthenetherlands

Enjoy!
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Morgen gaat 'ie weer van start: de Race Around The Netherlands (🙌🏻adventurebikeracing)!

Neem je deel en zoek je nog een slaapplaats onderweg de komende dagen, dan liggen de volgende bikepack-vriendelijke hostels op de route (reserveer rechtstreeks met promocode “BikepackingHolland“)!

Succes aan alle deelnemers dit jaar! 💪🏻

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If you are participating in the Race Around The Netherlands 2021, then first of all: good luck! 💪🏻 And if you're still looking places to stay, check out these bikepacking-friendly hostels on the route (and don't forget to book directly with promocode BikepackingHolland).

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Here we go, the RATN 2022 starts tomorrow!
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You can follow my progress via the link in my bio, cap 49 should be me 😉
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Ready to rumble! Saturday 0800 the Race Around The Netherlands #ratn2022 starts. Perfect cycling weather is to be expected. You can follow me via the link in Bio (Legendstracking.com) and find cap 82! Enjoy 🙂 #racearoundthenetherlands #ratn22 #ultracycling ...

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Losrijden, uitwaaien, paar blokjes en nog wat deelnemers aan de RATN aanmoedigen op de Oosterscheldekering.
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Mijn mountainbike staat eigenlijk altijd wel standby voor een (hele) lange duurrit maar 1900 kilometer op de racefiets is andere koek. Nu dus maar vast begonnen met testen en finetunen van hoe mijn fiets er tijdens de Race Around The Netherlands uit moet gaan zien. Preparation is key!
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The Race Around the Netherlands (adventurebikeracing) is a long and fast ultra-distance race, in fact, the flattest on the calendar.

Being such a lengthy race with what seem to be similar roads it’s always exciting to receive a first hand account of the race. This is what Sherry (sherry.cycling) has done! Her account weaves together first-hand POV footage with footage she gathered on a recce prior to the race. Sherry provided entertaining updates throughout the race, with her McDonald’s snack breaks and plenty of riding shots.

Have a watch of her infectiously positive film via the link in bio!

#ratn2022 #racearoundthenetherlands #ultracycling #ultradistance #ultracyclingrace #ultradistancerace #ultracyclingfilm #bikepackingrace #bikepackingfilm
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This is sherry.cycling during the Race of The Netherlands 2022.

#bikepacking #ratn2022 #hero
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~ Health matters ~

Plans had to be adjusted due to Covid-19 and health issues.

Going for plan B, joining Race around the Netherlands to make new memories and challenge myself in another way as originally planned .
Ready for some long days in the saddle while enjoying the sceneries around me 💕.

📷 Wilfred Mijnheer
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And off we go! Into one of the biggest adventures I’ve ever done one the bike! 1913km in how many days? Who knows, what do you think?
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See our adventures in the story’s and of course our progress while dotwatching us! (Link in bio)
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Getting everything ready for the #RATN22
Those weird looking white stickers are mandatory. Will maybe mount fenders (forecast is not really dry weather)
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Race around the Netherlands. 1900km. Let’s go :-). #ratn2022 #cap81 ...

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Wat een supersportieve actie van Matthijs Plender uit Elburg! Hij volbracht Race around the Netherlands en fietste € 4.080,- bijeen voor Open Doors. Matthijs: “De Race around the Netherlands is een 'unsupported bike race' van 1907 kilometer rondom Nederland. Onderweg moet je zelf je slaapplek en eten regelen.

Matthijs: "In 2016 was het in mijn rug geschoten. Na een driejarig traject van behandelingen ben ik uiteindelijk eind mei 2019 geopereerd. Overigens niet zonder de nodige risico's, want ik had ook verlamd kunnen raken. Gelukkig ben ik daarvoor behoed! Als een soort van bewijs dat ik er lichamelijk weer was, wilde ik graag meedoen met Race around the Netherlands. Het was zeker een flinke uitdaging voor mijn lichaam. Ik ben dan ook dankbaar dat ik dit mooie bedrag op heb kunnen halen voor Open Doors."

Wij zijn jou heel dankbaar Matthijs! Wat een prachtig bedrag voor onze vervolgde broers en zussen! 💜
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#actie #inactiekomen #fietsen #RaceAroundTheNetherlands #RaceAroundTheNetherlands2021 #RATN2021 #support #doneren #vooreenander #opdebres #bemoedigen #bemoediging #solidair #vervolging #vervolgdechristenen #christenvervolging #ranglijst #bid #bidden #pray #prayerworks #christen #eenkerk #eenfamilie #schenken #donatie #opendoors #samensterk #dankbaar #vervolgdekerk adventurebikeracing
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RATN reflection…

1,980km in under 6 days at a rough riding average of 26kph

Placed 33rd out of 121

The plan before the race was to have a shorter, easier first day and then wind it up gradually during the week to see if I could handle a bigger load each day. In my mind, this was race training for TCR later in the summer where I need to be hitting 300km on easier days to get round.

In the end, the smooth tarmac and favourable weather and wind, meant that I got in most evenings around 8pm after 6am starts. I got a decent rest each night in comfortable hotels. I even had the luxury of a couple of hours off the bike each day as my pace was so good.

Thanks to everyone for your words of support and encouragement, especially Linda. The 2 main questions I get are how do I do it and how am I feeling?

With regards the first, I don’t really know how or even why. I suppose I like the solitude of it, no real noise externally or internally - a small little contained world which is simple and pure. I also like the challenge - to see what I’m capable of mentally and physically, to see if I can push through dark periods, through occasional pain. But most of all, I just love seeing the world from a bike - the sounds, the smells, the pace. I never listen to music on the bike, as I like to soak it all in.

Although I prefer riding alone, I did meet some special people on the trip - Heero, Brenan, Richard, Paul and Johan to mention just a few. It’s lovely to chat for a few moments before moving on.

And how am I feeling? A list of things that hurt during the race - feet, knees, bum, hands and neck. I’m not sure you can do this sort of thing without enduring some pain. And there is a worry in the sport that people take too many painkillers. I know everything will heal, but my knees aren’t in great shape - they constantly woke me up in the night in pain. Hopefully I haven’t done any lasting damage. I was probably pushing too hard a gear for my current fitness level. In my head, I feel good today, but I know there is a low to follow as the endorphins wear off and people start coming back into my little world.

But anyway, thank you to Michael for a great race! #ratn2022
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Trotser dan trots! In 6 dagen 1950 kilometer fietsen en dan ook nog op de 25e plaats eindigen! Dan verdien je écht de aller-mooiste medaille! 🥇 🚲 #ratn2022 #trots #bike #racefiets #cycling #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking #giant ...

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Countdown: nog (maar) 4 weken! 🙀

Over exact 4 weken, op zaterdagmorgen 30 april om 8 uur ☕️ vertrekken we voor de RATN (Race Around The Netherlands).

Het vertrek is in Amerongen, van daar fietsen we tegen de klok in rond de grenzen van Nederland 🇳🇱. Jullie gaan ons ten allen tijde kunnen volgen, want we krijgen een tracker mee.

Op ongeveer 1500 kilometer komen we langs Borkel en Schaft (tegen Lommel dus). Daarna hebben we nog een dikke 400km te gaan.

We mogen geen hulp aanvaarden, dus slapen 😴 bij familie of eten 🥞 aannemen van vrienden mogen we niet doen. Als we materiaalpech hebben moeten we dit zelf oplossen of een plaatselijke fietsenmaker zoeken.

De absolute deadline is 8 mei 18u, maar wij willen graag op zaterdag 7 mei al binnen zijn. Dat betekent dat we dagelijks een 250km willen fietsen, oftewel een 10/12 uren per dag aan het fietsen zijn (jaha, 30 per uur zullen we niet halen met een volbepakte fiets, en dat moet ook niet 😉)

Meer info volgt 😊, nu nog even trainen 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️.

We fietsen voor Kom op tegen Kanker, meer informatie om te doneren of te sponsoren vind je op onze website https://zottewyven.be, die staat ook in bio.

#racearoundthenetherlands #ratn #adventurebackpacking #bikepacker #cyclinglife #bikepacking #ratn2022 #restrap #adventureproof #rondjenederland #Nederland #proloog #Amerongen #zottewyven #cyclelikeagirl
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Race Around The Netherlands. Place 14 1960km Total time: 4days 16hrs.
#racearoundthenetherlands #ratn2022 #dotwatcher #stravacycling #cyclingrace
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150 kilometer wind tegen maar dit maakt toch altijd een hoop goed 🙂

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Race Around The Netherlands by adventurebikeracing Day 4: 1450km done, left 500km
#dotwatcher #ratn2022 #racearoundthenetherlands #cycling #ultracycling #netherlands🇳🇱 #ww2tanks #shermantank #canyonbike
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