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 30th from 1200 to 1700 local time.
Pasta: April 30th at 1800 local time.
Start:  May 1st at 0800 local time.
Official Finish: May 9th 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 over one 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.

- Unofficial Halfway point -

THE WILD BUNCH
BICYCLES AND COFFEE

“The Wild Bunch” Bicycles and Coffee is located here: (52.3624072, 4.9808662).

Unfortunatly due to the covid pandemic there are  some extra rules in the shop.
– A maximum of 6 people in the shop.
– sleeping spot can’t be provided

PHOTOS along the Route

some impressions

REGISTRATION 2021

When and How much is the Registration?

Registration opens October 01st, 2020 and closes March 1st, 2021

Fee for Early Registration (until December 31st) is 185Euro.

Fee for Late Registration from January 1st 2021 is 215 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 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:
85,-Euro refund until December, 30th 2020

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

RIDERS 2021

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Dit was gisteren, met het zonnetje en de wind in de rug. Vandaag wind, beetje heftig. Uitgebreider verhaal zie Strava #ratn2021 #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking #stravaride ...

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Setup for #ratn2020:

My monster Cube Cross Race SLT with a Newmen Advanced SL carbon wheelset. 32mm Continental Grand Prix 5000 tyres and a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset.

I'll try to sleep in my Nordisk Lofoten tent on a Sea To Summit UltraLight Mat. Hopefully the NOMAD Pegasus 340 keeps me warm at night. My head lays down on a simple but very useful inflatable pillow from Forclaz (tip!). I've different types of bags for clothes and stuff. An Ortlieb Handlebar Pack on the front, a Koala Exo-Rail System underneath my saddle and a AGU frame bag. My old fasion Garmin Edge 605 helps me find my way, battery last forever 🙂 Eat everything that cross my path, so be careful!

Follow my race on ratn.legendstracking.com
My Capnumber is 109

#ratn2020
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#racearoundthenetherlands
#dotwatcher
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Afgelopen zaterdag was het zover, de start van The Race Around The Netherlands. Veel voor getraind en tot in den treure aan de fiets en uitrusting gesleuteld. Om 09:00 uur viel mijn startschot. Doel was om in één keer door te fietsen tot aan Muiden op 850 kilometer. Daar vervolgens een paar uur te rusten en dan door te rijden naar Zeeland.

De start ging voortvarend. Lekker kunnen fietsen en ook de nacht prima doorgekomen. Vanaf Delfzeil werd het taai. Heel taai. Stevige wind vol op de neus, saaie rechte wegen en geen boom om je achter te verschuilen. Heftig. En dan is 180 kilometer lang als je er al 500 kilometer op hebt zitten.

Nadeel van het fietsen op de weg in tegenstelling tot de mountainbike is dat je veel tijd hebt om na te denken. Té veel. Als je je dan op een bepaald moment af gaat vragen waarom je dit ook al weer aan het doen was en waarom je niet gewoon thuis bij vrouw en kinderen was gebleven, dan is het hek van de dam. Muiden leek nog heel ver weg en de gedacht van de naar zuid-west draaiende wind en het voorspelde slechte weer voor maandag(nacht) en dinsdag maakten het er allemaal niet beter op.

Uiteindelijk in Harlingen na iets meer dan 700 kilometer besloten om het bijltje er bij neer te gooien en de rest van de Race Around The Netherlands te laten voor wat het is. Volgend jaar weer? Mwah... ik denk het niet. Hopelijk gaan dan de 24-uurs mountainbike wedstrijden gewoon weer door.

Voor de mensen die nu de race nog volgen, hou dan BasVlaskamp in de gaten. Die fiets op een #singlespeed racefiets gewoon in één keer 1000k naar Den Helder. Brute prestatie en een absolute held!

Dankjewel naar mijn sponsors eurosportnutrition , bobos_eyewear_sports , sigma_sport_benelux en sportvoeten . Ook credits voor adventurebikeracing voor het organiseren van een top-evenement!
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I've only fallen off once so far 👍

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Sightseeing bij grootste klomp! #ratn2021 #klomp #overijssel #bikepacking ...

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Nog een weekje te gaan voor de start van #ratn2020

Zal een zware strijd worden tegen de wind, regen en mezelf

De race is live te volgen. Zie link in bio
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De race around the Netherlands was een fantastisch excuus om heel veel te fietsen en bikepacking-tripjes te maken. Nu is alles ingepakt, nog één nachtje slapen! Je kunt me volgen op https://dotwatcher.cc/race/race-around-the-netherlands-2021 (nr104)
#stravaride #bikepacking #ratn2021 #racearoundthenetherlands
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I think that's me done in Race around the Netherlands 2020. I won't make any final decision until after a good sleep, but to cut a long story short my knees have given up on me.

A big push in the beginning seen me work my way up to fourth or fifth place. We reached Amsterdam around dusk on day 2, roughly 850km into the race, where my knees first started to complain and my pace slowed.

Eventually I found a less than perfect but sheltered bivvy spot by the sea and lay down for the night. When I woke up in the morning - and when I say morning, I mean an hour later - both my knees felt like they had been operated on, for a moment I thought they weren't actually going to move at all. Getting on the bike was not a comfortable experience. They did warm up after about 10 hours of riding and a stretch... They miraculously eased up and I powered through Rotterdam feeling optimistic again.

But then the same thing happened. Dusk set in and so did the pain in the knees. At this point I attributed it to the cold and set out looking for a hotel where I could at least get properly warmed up and attempt to reset - something that's virtually impossible to do when baked in sweat and sleeping outside. But by this time I had long left Rotterdam via a long, long, road through a bizarre Island inhabited only by sheep. It was late at night and local hotels now closed, so it was bivvy again on the beach.

Needless to say day 4 didn't bring new knees and they're quite important to the function of pedalling. They got worse and it simply became impossible to travel any further with any kind of efficiency and without damaging myself. So I'm having a hot shower and a warm bed for the night.

Overall I've taken it to be a positive experience. It's the first time I've ever quit a bike ride but the whole point was to set the bar so ridiculously high that there's no escape from the limits.

Roll on next year

#RATN2020 #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking #cycling #cycletourismo #bikepackinglife #biketour
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The setup of #ratn2021 finisher Tjerk 🔥👍

📸 tjerk.bakker

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Tired, but super happy and proud after racing the race around the Netherlands 2020.
I covered 1900kms just under 5 days with a daily average distance of 380kms, average sleep time of 3,8h. I still don't really know how I was able to do it.
It was an awesome experience and a well organized event from adventurebikeracing
Thank you Michael and all helpers for making this happen!

#adventure #aerobar #acepac #absoluteblack #bikepacking #blackburndesign #custombikes #dtswiss #lapassionecc #northwaveshoes #profiledesign #ritchey #rabequipment #reflectiveberlin #ratn #ratn2020 #sram #seatosummit #sunrace #continentaltires #salsacycles #wildernesstrailbikes #thermarest #thomson #trpbrakes #revelatedesigns #ultraendurancecycling #ultraendurance
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Setup of #ratn2021 winner 🔥👌

📸 basvlaskamp

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Mission accomplished, RatN complete. 1907km in 5 days and 12 hours, or thereabouts. It's been an interesting journey. I only have a few random photos because I've not really been taking any. This one was snapped while sat in a bus stop during the early hours of the morning, contemplating why I'm sat in a Dutch bus stop in the early hours of the morning drinking Red Bull and eating instant coffee.

#RATN2020 #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking #cycling #cycletourismo #bikepackinglife #biketour
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Plenty of blank spots for 2021 to 🚴🏿‍♀️🚴🏽🚴🏿‍♂️#wandrerearth #veloviewer2020 #gooutthereslifeoutside #adventurecycling #ultracycling #transiberica2021 #ratn2021 #vanherwerdenwaytobike #litespeedbikes ...

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We're back on the road. I was certain I'd be riding back to base right up until the point I got on the bike after a leisurely breakfast. My knees we're feeling OK, and despite having no motivation to continue at this point I sat on it and it felt like home. I guess this is what I am now: half man, half bike.

Sam's got the snacks.

#snellejelle #halfmanhalfbike

#RATN2020 #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking #cycling #cycletourismo #bikepackinglife #biketour
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Ratn prepping today as I still need to work on Wednesday and Thursday. I will start Friday at 8 am as cap 44!!

Well what did I pack (weatherforecast is cold and wet😌): 2 pair of bibs, my Castelli Gabba jacket, 2 baselayers, 1 merino jersey from Isadore, raincoat from Cafe du Cycliste, buff, armwarmers, legwarmers, socks, waterproof Grib Grab gloves and merino undergloves, my Wahoo, sunglasses, light shoes, t-shirt, thin Nike trousers, sportsbra, underwear, FOOD!!!, spork, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, plasters, sun screen, butt butter, handwash soap, painkillers, 2 small locks, 3 spare inner tubes, bike lube + a cloth, tire lifters, 3 CO2 cartridges, vitamin pills, bike tool, missing link for chain, spare derailleur hanger, 2 usb cables, battery pack, tissues, bike lights (mandatory) + 2 small ones, Ortlieb and Restrap bags to put it all in!

#ratn2021
#racearoundthenetherlands
#cap44
#bikepacking
#cyclinggirl
#endurancecycling
#cycling
#dreambig
#cyclinglove
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Races like these are solo and unsupported, lit up by the occasional cheers from dotwatchers along the side of the ride and bumping into fellow racers whilst stuffing your face at random petrol stations.
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Due to lack of data on my phone I was blissfully unaware that martijndriedonks had been chasing me at ~10km distance all day. It was good to share some icecream and chat when he finally caught up with me at Hilvarenbeek. Even better was riding underneath the huge banner and large bunch of cheering family and friends that had gathered along the roadside for him near Borkel en Schaft. And to top it all, just a few kilometers down the road, I found to my surprise that the random stranger cheering me on by the side of the road was in fact my husband who had driven over from Rhenen after work. ❤️ Riding into that night, i simply felt like I had wings, wings grown from the power of meeting nice people and loved ones wishing you well.
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After forgetting to set my alarm that night when I arrived at my hotel in Stein and stopping for 8 hours rather than the planned 3.5 hours, I was never going to catch up with Martijn again. So I took his advice I just enjoyed playing around in the hills and bathed in that wonderful feeling when you know you are going to finish and whether you are 9th, 10th or 11th really doesn’t make any difference to how good you are feeling.
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From what I could see, Martijn was riding well within himself. Finishing his first ultra was the mission. Mission completed ! I look forward to following his dot next year as I think this guy has the engine and the attitude to go much further in ultra racing.
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Paul Bernd from Germany during the Race of the Netherlands. He passed through my hometown #Hoorn, where he stopped at a petrol station to get food and drinks, before he went further on his bike, into the night #ratn2020 #ratn #cycling #bonjour ...

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Yesterday was the third RATN day for me. Left at 6.45 am but the head winds forced me go slow (again). First hour I cycled with rider #105 but after that I was alone on these endless roads heading south. My lower back was bothering me so I had to stop every 10 km, but after lunch things went a bit better and sunnier, and I got in a certain rhythm.

Finally at around 3 pm I arrived in Flevoland, last 55 km of head wind to go. Bits I did at 15 km/h, but then Timo showed up and we cycled along. My motivation was still strong but on this endless stretch of road this support was so lovely. At almost 6 pm I saw other cycling friends cheering me on as I left Flevoland. Love all this support from friends, family and also total strangers!

The last 3 hours to Hoorn went by quickly, I arrived tired but satisfied in my hotel, it was my longest day on a bike ever (not in km but in sheer hours), with 160 km of brutal head winds and 253 km in total. Still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo: timoklok

#ratn21
#adventurebikeracing
#racearoundthenetherlands
#cyclinggirl
#endurancecycling
#ratn2021
#cycling
#love
#rideon
#keepchallenging
#motivation
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Going for the marginal gains #cycling #ratn2020 ...

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#ratn2021
Tussen Lelystad en Almere
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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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Adventure and insanity mode on 😎 Next Saturday I'm starting in my very first self supporting ultra bike event. The adventurebikeracing #racearoundthenetherlands. The idea is to complete the 1900 kms as fast as you possibly can. I won't be racing the other riders, as I'll obviously already have a hard time racing myself 😉 It will be a huge challenge, but very much looking forward to it. Not in the least because I'm finally meeting some other fellow long distance riders!

During the event I can be followed live through
https://ratn.legendstracking.com keep an eye on dot #88.

I'm riding my trusted focusbikes Paralane 2018, equipped with Shimano 105 2x11, BBB Aero Bars, Conti GP5000 tyres and of course a KMC gold chain.

I decided to try to complete it on a budget. No hotels unless it's raining cats and dogs. No bivy as well, since I have no experience with it whatsoever. We’ll see how it all works. First of all, everything is stuffed in bbbcycling bikepacking bags. In the front bag my sleeping system: alpkit Soloist tent, sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest sleeping pad. Toptube and downtube bags are for food and electronics + some emergency clothing. Saddle pack is all about clothing: 2nd bib, down jacket and other pieces of (night) clothing. I’m wearing my favorite lapassionecc bibs and shirts, Endura pro SL rain jacket and BBB helmet + glasses. I’ll navigate with my lezyneofficial Mega XL unit (bringing my old Super GPS as emergency). Lights are all by BBB.

#ratn2020
#bikepacking
#bikepackinglife #goldchain #veloviewer #ultracycling #deproloog #cyclingadventures #cyclinglife
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Just keep going. #ratn2021

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Last party- people mixing with an early rider at a really quiet Utrecht train station #cycling #ratn2020 #cap44 ...

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Bike check ✅

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#cap103
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Sheep Island.

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Master prep for a biggie ride with martijndriedonks , pair 6886 #ratn2021 #grimbergentripel #litespeedgravel #vanherwerdenwaytobike #insearchofsunnydays #ultacycling 1930km of #socialdistancing to earn a few beers 🍻 ...

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1100 km

Nog een stukje te gaan. Mooiste moet nog komen. Zeeland!

#ratn2020
#racearoundthenetherlands
#adventurebikeracing
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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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📸 wouterhendriksen
#happiestcycling #cyclingphotos #cycling #cyclinglife #cyclingpics #fromwhereiride #iamspecialized #specialized #wielrennen #roadslikethese #rapha #rapha_rcc #rccams #lifebehindbars #wahooligan #cyclingaddict #roadbike #outsideisfree #cyclist #whereiride #stravacycling #picoftheday #instagood #instacycling #photooftheday #nevernotcycling #lovesroadbikes #cyclinglovers #ratncap11 #ratn2021
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GO!

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This was before I realised I still needed some stuff to fit in, so instead of the Rapha bar bag I will ride with the larger Ortlieb bag up front😆.This will also make my saddle bag a bit smaller in length.
Happy with the whole set up like this!

However cycling alone, with these distances and with current weatherforecast feels daunting to say the least. Well I wanted a challenge and I will get one!!!

#RATN21
#racearoundthenetherlands
#ratn2021
#cap44
#captainslow
#endurancecycling
#bikepacking
#cyclinggirlsrock
#keepchallengingyourself
#cycling
#catothekittycat
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Race Around The Netherlands Day 3
From dawn till dusk

#outsideisfree
#ultracycling
#bikepacking
#adventurecycling
#fromwhereiride
#roadslikethese
#summertime
#caferenner
#ridesolo
#wielrennen
#worldbycycling
#bikeholiday
#cap103
#RATN2020
#racearoundthenetherlands
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Nat begin van #ratn2021 blijven trappen ...

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Race Around The Netherlands.

1900 km uitgefietst in 6 dagen.

Wat was dit een strijd. Wind, regen, zon, zere benen, knie die niet meer kon en totaal gesloopt. Tentje en spullen om 4 uur in de morgen afbreken om vervolgens weer een dag van 300 km op de fiets te zitten.

De eerste 3 dagen gingen als een raket. Voelde me goed en kon maar blijven gaan. Aangezien ik een klein tentje bij me had wilde ik deze net voor het donker opzetten dus stopte ik rond 21.00 uur. Dag 4 met Zeeland in zicht knalde ik door met 415 km op de teller. Wat was dit een prachtig moment om 's avonds rond 00.00 uur langs de kust van Walcheren te fietsen.. die avond na 21 uur uur fietsen stopte ik om 02.00 uur.

Dag 5 kon ik dit goed merken en na de middag kon ik m'n concentratie niet meer vasthouden, ik moest echt even slapen. Na een dutje van 1,5 uur moest ik mezelf weer op de fiets trekken en herpakte ik mezelf weer gelukkig. Die avond was ik om 23.30 uur in Valkenburg.

Na een ontbijtje in het hotel (moest een normaal bed hebben) begonnen de bergen van Limburg. Ach, na al die km's ben je er goed warm voor gereden zak ma zehhe 😀
M'n knie begon zoveel pijn te doen dat ik een stripje pijnstillers moest eten deze dag. Maar ik wilde finishen..

En dat lukte! Om 21.00 uur kwam ik Amerongen binnen bollen waar familie mij en m'n fiets opvingen. Tijd voor een Kwaremont 🍺

Mensen, allemaal bedankt voor de zeer leuke reacties! Onderweg kreeg ik veel berichten maar kon er helaas door gevoelloze vingers niet meer makkelijk op reageren. Maar bij deze erg bedankt voor de support wat ook zeker meehielp aan deze prestatie! Ook Omroep Zeeland bedankt voor de reportage onderweg, erg tof!

Tot volgend jaar? Ik denk het niet....

#ratn2020
#racearoundthenetherlands
#adventurebikeracing
#compleetgesloopt
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#ratn2021 dinertime ...

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#bikepacking 2.0 in Tsjechië

#bikepacking #cubecrossracesl #cubecross #act5 #ratn2020
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En weer op weg #ratn2021 ...

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🏁🏁
Got my bike ready for Race Around the Netherlands starting next Saturday. My bike is ready hopefully I'll be ready as well for this 1900 km long race across the whole country.

I’ll be riding my 2015 canyon Endurace CF 8.0 with a rideshimano 105 groupset (50/34T, 11-28T). Not my most shiny Canyon but the one I sit most comfortable on. Made hundreds of rides on it and still happy with it. I've got fulcrum racing wheels with continental 5000 tires. Nothing special or fancy it's all tarmac. Handlebars up front with wahoo and lights in between. Attached four bags to the bike: 1) zefalbike toptube bag 2) ortlieb_waterproof midloader 3) Ortlieb Saddle Bag 4) revelatedesigns Mountain feedbag. Above all I'd need to feed my self a lot. 😂🥨🍰🎂

For those interested in following the race, you can track it with the underneath links. I'll be cap 103 🚴‍♂️🧢

Dotwatching: https://dotwatcher.cc/race/race-around-the-netherlands-2020 (link in bio)
Tracking: http://ratn.legendstracking.com/

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#ultracycling
#bikepacking
#adventurecycling
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#ridesolo
#wielrennen
#worldbycycling
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Race Around The Netherlands Day 1
Finished in Groningen. One of the highlights the flowering heather at Sallandse Heuvelrug.

#outsideisfree
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#bikepacking
#adventurecycling
#fromwhereiride
#roadslikethese
#summertime
#caferenner
#ridesolo
#wielrennen
#worldbycycling
#bikeholiday
#cap103
#RATN2020
#racearoundthenetherlands
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RATN2020 signup was two weeks ago; nice to meet some fellow riders, some of which I only met online before! Bike-check went flawless, thanks to Paul for some extra reflective tape; last year it took me 4 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes! Aim for this year was to beat that time, with an ultimate goal to go below 100 hours (4 days and 4 hours) #cycling #endurance #racing #ratn2020 ...

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Ride faster ✅
Ride further ✅
Two boxes I like to tick both for myself and my cycle coaching clients.
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#ratn2020 #cap44 stukje met legend Bart opgefietst. What a guy! Best fris nog na dik 1500km en 3 dagen en 6 uur fietsen! Nog maar een 400 te gaan ... ...

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Weapon of choice tijdens de Race Around The Netherlands. Nu alleen nog hopen dat de avondklok voor 1 mei geskipt wordt :-/

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Na 2018, sta ik morgen voor de 2de keer aan de start van de #racearoundthenetherlands . Dit maal met meer ervaring en een betere vorm. Ik ga mijn grenzen verleggen en het maximale eruit halen #fframmen . Ik heb er zin in!

Door corona kan er dit jaar helaas niet gestart worden in een groep. Iedere deelnemer heeft hierdoor zijn eigen starttijd. Ik start morgen om 06.30 uur. Vanaf dat moment kan je mij volgen via de website van dotwatcher (cap 57) en hier op Insta.

Zie de link in mijn bio voor dotwatcher.

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#ratn21
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Two #ratn2020 legends ...

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There it is! My new #salsacycles Vaya all road machine/gravel bike. Clean black, #reflectiveberlin highlights and the red #hope clamp. Can't wait to test it the next days.
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All fun and joy this weekend!
And a bit of gravel during the route never harmed someone!
It was the last weekend gear check up for the #ratn2021 All set and ready!
A view more weeks and then this crazy idea comes to life 😅
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Less cycling abroad, more cycling at home! RATN and LimburgXL added a lot to this year's score! #cycling #outsideisfree #yolosolo #ratn2020 #longtermchallengenl ...

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Personal victory 🏆

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Decided to stay in my cave today! Too tired from working really hard this week. I do feel guilty a bit having not cycled, but trying to find balance between rest(days) and doing sports is something I need to work on...😬

Does give me a chance to read up on the race rules for RATN. So doing nothing today does feels a little bit like silence before the storm. I will have to train hard and during shitty weather in order to be as well prepared as possible for the start on May 1st. For now I will watch the finaly of L-B-L first!

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Ook de ‘voorkant’ krijgt vorm. De aerobars nog 20mm omhoog gezet voor iets meer comfort en gecombineerd met de Smoothie van Lauf Cycling. Daar tussen de Restrap Race Aerobar bag
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Race around the Netherlands 2020 • #ratn2020

Hi guys 🙋🏻‍♂️! As you may know, I’m currently participating to Race around the Netherlands 2020 🚴🏻‍♂️🇳🇱 .

At the moment I write this post it’s end of day 4 and I covered 1.200km (300k a day in average). It’s less than expected but jeeeez it’s tough 🤭.

It has been brutal. The Netherlands might be flat as a pancake 🥞, they are windy as hell 💨. Battling all day long against the wind is mentally and physically challenging.

I also struggled a bit finding food. Bakeries and supermarkets open pretty late here. But thanks to tcrbart, I stocked up on food before a long deserted section of 150k yesterday. It saved me 😁.

It’s also pretty cold 🥶, especially at night when you sleep in a bivvy 😅. After 3 shitty nights where I did not get a lot of rest, I decided to call it a day earlier today and spend the night in a room, take a shower (it’s about time 😷) and recharge all my devices. Btw, on day 2 I slept on a lunch table in a parking lot and fell off the table during the night 😅.

In a nutshell, this race is made of ups and down that make me feel alive like never before.
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Tapering time or taping time? That’s the question🤔

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#adventurecycling
#fromwhereiride
#roadslikethese
#summertime
#cyclingcap
#caferenner
#whenindoubtpedalitout
#ridesolo
#wielrennen
#worldbycycling
#bikepackinggear
#cap103
#RATN2020
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Glad I went despite the rain these past 2 days! Today I will go on Zwift and probably next week too, as I don't like to cycle on slippery roads (And -4 too). But I do feel a bit resless, as I need to put in some distance this month in preparation for adventurebikeracing RATN2021.

I did sign up to get out of my comfortzone, and letting go of things out of my control, is one of these things😁. So I will just let it go and trust the process.

#ratn2021
#cyclinglife
#keepcycling
#controlfreak
#Zwift
#cyclinggirl
#rideyourbike
#winterriding
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Mooie paadjes #ratn2021 adventurebikeracing ...

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Tracker is live! #cycling #ratn2020 #cap44 ...

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Rondje martijndriedonks supporten tijdens de Race around the Netherlands. Nog 500 van de 1900km te gaan! #ratn #ratn2020 #cyclelife #eurosportnutrition ...

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Weekend memories! I felt I was a bit behind on schedule for this month in preparation for RATN2021, but this weekend made up for everything!
I did a 200 km ride twice followed by a lovely 150 km ride.

There were lots of highs but also some hard bits, mainly regarding my lower back pain. It hurted physically as well as mentally as I have been doing so much core stability these last 3 months and it does not seemed to have had any effect.

RATN still feels totally daunting, but I felt strong on my bike and will trust the process getting even tougher and stronger these next weeks!

#strongher
#cyclinggirl
#ratn2021
#trust
#keepchallenging
#lovetoride
#selflove
#cycling
#endurancecycling
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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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... fortunately I managed to find a little supermarket 5 minutes before closing time where I restocked for the night and next morning. I was able to end the day in Roosendaal in a hotel (by now I had completely abandoned my sleeping in a tent plans). Not as far as I had hoped, but still I managed to do 350kms.

On the fifth day I woke up, had coffee and breakfast and left at 5.30. Already after 5 kms I had a completely different feeling, compared to the day before. I found a position where all my pains were pretty minor. Also, I came up with a strategy which involved a little more stopping to have a bite. I even stopped for some coffee and Limburgse Vlaai just before the hilly part. And this paid off. I had an amazing day in the saddle and found my speed again. That is, although it felt like 30km/hr, it was actually 25/26 😅. Than the hills appeared, the part I had bene fearing for all the ride. But actually it wasn't that bad and I thoroughly enjoyed it. On the Keutenberg I was even able to overtake a small peloton 🤷‍♂️. Of course this gave a huge boost and at the highest point of the route, I decided to make one final push to the finish. Than the sun disappeared, it became dark and very cold. Near Venlo I reached the lowest point in the race, mentally that is. After an hour and a half of eating, extra clothing and singing out loud I finally found a better mood which lasted until Nijmegen. There the little climb again pushed my mood downwards, which lasted along the Waal River. When I reached Kesteren I knew exactly where to go and it was only 15kms left. So now I was really flying! Finish at 3.30 in the morning 🎉🎉🎉 my brother tjerk.bakker was so amazing to pick me up and drive me home 😊

What an experience, really the adventure of my life. Thanks adventurebikeracing
for organizing, thanks to all people for the supporting messages during the event. It really helped me during the difficult moments. Also, I met some great fellow slightly off people 🙃 I mean, why on earth would you do this?! But actually I'm already thinking about new adventures. 😊

#racearoundthenetherlands #ratn2020 #bikepacking #bikepackinglife #ultracycling
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Rondje martijndriedonks supporten tijdens de Race around the Netherlands. Nog 500 van de 1900km te gaan! #ratn #ratn2020 #cyclelife ...

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Doing some digital and analogue map/ route #ratn2021 planning on this cold Sunday! Visualizing the route helps me, however normally I just like to go and see what happens😄. My bike will go for a check tomorrow, and next weekend final long training days.

#racearoundthenetherlands
#RATN21
#preparation
#cyclinglife
#cap44
#cyclinglove
#endurancecycling
#cyclinggirl
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Last day at work and then it’s time to set my mind into suffer mode!
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You can follow our progress (happiestcycling and me) from Friday morning! I put the link in my bio before the start! Follow that ⚫️ and our story’s to see this adventure! ✌🏻
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Happy and excited after I signed in the #ratn2020
This will be my first ultra distance road event. Now I geek through the internet for tire choices with good caffeine #restrapbags
#ultraendurancecycling #bikepacking #adventure #ratn #coffee #cycling #huntwheels #qualitytime #bavaria #brothercycles
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Nu het er op lijkt dat de Race Around The Netherlands gewoon door gaat ondanks de #avondklok , kan het tijdschema de papierbak in :-/ Plan B dan maar 😉
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First ride after #ratn2020 was an easy ride around Spaarndam. First 🌧️ then 🌤️ #cycling #outsideisfree ...

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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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Thank you adventurebikeracing for capturing a special moment. The moment I finished my unfinished business with #ratn but also the moment I saw my dad again for the first time in a long time.
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Last May he was clearly unwell: skinny, tired, always cold and looking at least 10 years older. But we didn’t yet know what was wrong with him. Last summer we found out it was #multiplemyeloma aka bone marrow cancer, which sadly is not curable.
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A year of chemo treatment followed to eliminate/reduce myeloma cells, control tumor growth and control the pain. Three weeks ago my dad finished his final chemo treatment and the myeloma cells are more or less eliminated. He has plenty of energy again and looks so much better than a year ago.
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I couldn’t have wished for any better finishers’ award (lovely as the #ratn poster is Michael 😉 than giving my dad a big hug at the end of #ratn2020
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I hope my dad can continue to live many more years with his #multiplemyeloma under control and look forward to 🤞🏼 continuing my fundraising attempts for cr_uk during North Cape Tarifa which was postponed from June 2020 to June 2021 due to Covid-19. Many thanks to everyone who already contributed to my fundraiser via justgiving. Hopefully these small contributions can help to find a real cure for #multiplemyeloma and other cancers in the near future.
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Inspired by #RatN2020 I did a longer ride. Respect for the RATN riders; I had to use some horsepower on my 160k ride.
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Eerst hebben we 2 deelnemers van de #RATN2021 aangemoedigd en daarna een flinke strandwandeling vanuit Noordwijk voor 2 strandtegels. Het waaide hard en de zee was wild! Echt heerlijk buiten zijn. De afstand was iets verder dan vooraf gepland, maar ik heb echt genoten. Ik ben wel blij dat ik vandaag niet zoals veel deelnemers van de Race Around The Netherlands zo tegen de wind in hoefde te fietsen! ...

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