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 1630k in distance with 5000m of elevation.

The RatN has two categories – solo and pair.

Start location:

De Proloog Cafe
Allemanswaard 27
3958 KA Amerongen
https://deproloog.cc/

Start time and date:

Start: May 1st, 2019 at 0800 local time.
Finish: May 8th, 2019 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 and you get closer to one of the icons of the Dutch flood defense, the Afsluitdijk. A dam that closes off the Waddenzee from the IJsselmeer which is 32 kilometers long.

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.

PHOTOS

some impressions

REGISTRATION

 

When and How much is the Registration?

 

Early Bird Registration!

Early Bird Registration opens September, 1st 2018 and closes September, 16th 2018

Fee for Early Bird Registration Solo category is 165 Euro.

Fee for Early Bird Registration Pair category is 145 Euro.

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

Payment until September, 17th 2018

 

 

Late Registration!

Late Registration opens January 11th 2019 at 7pm and closes March 17th 2019

Fee for Late Registration Solo category is 185 Euro.

Fee for Late Registration Pair category is 165 Euro.

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

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

Place to sleep at the start:
DE BOSRAND
Majoorsweg 15, 3958 GW Amerongen, Netherlands
http://www.bosrandamerongen.nl/

Pasta dinner after sign up the day before the event starts!

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:
Early Registration:
65,-Euro refund until April, 15th 2019
After April 15th 2019 no refund!
Late Registration: no refund!

RIDERS 2019

SOLO

Andy Lawrence
Albert Ranera Martin
Andras Regoes
Andrej Vavro
Andrew Osborne
Anton Teunissen
Ashley Sharp
Aukje Kuipers
Bart De Keyser
Bart Verheijen
Bas Scherpenisse
Bas Vlaskamp
Berry van den Brink
Catriona Margaret Archer
Christian Timmer
Daniel Murarik
Detlev Rabe
Eddie Kouiss
Edgar Bos
Ella Wredenfors
Eric Kampherbeek
Erik Venneman
Gafyn Meredith
Gawaine Clark
George Bennett
Herold Hissink
Hippy
Holger Loosen
Igor Talevski
Jack Peterson
Jan-Dick den Das
Jasmijn Muller
Johan Kooistra
Julia Freeman
Kilian Wagner
Kris Willaert
Lee Paton
Marije Dirkx
Mark Charles
Mark Humme
Martens Dirk
Mieke Sweekhorst
Niko Wojtynia
Onno Zuidema
Pablo Wünsch Blanco
Patrick Bruns
Paul Mellon
Phill Cloke
Ralph Cullen
Richard Hunt
Rob Webb
Robert Mensing
Sebastiaan Ploos van Amstel
Sebastian Bönner
Shawn Duffy
Stefan Anastasiei
Stephen Haines
Susanne van Aardenne
Thom Rutten
Tom Hudders
Tom Williams
Toon Timmers
Ward Philip O’Hara
Wendy van Lubek
Willem Pals
William Luke Windsor
Wybren Buijs
Yves Conen
Yves Smits

 

PAIR

Adam Kramer
Nathan Streunding

Andrew Slavin
Matt Walker

Chris Greenan
Neil Crawford

Filippo Di Battista
Matteo Minola-Violino

Jamie Robison
Kevin Robison

Jan-Willem Janssen
René Rutten

Jamie McLeod
Kay Hope

Marc Alinski
Maren Barkowsky

Kate Berry
Richard Skidmore

Darush Pourreza Dehkordi
Saul Kelf

Josef Sällqvist
Terry de Jong

Approved
Adam Kramer
Netherlands
30 years old
Approved
Aleem Pirani
India
23 years old
Approved
Andras Regös
Switzerland
38 years old
Biography:

audax super randonneur

Approved
Andrej Vavro
Slovakia
34 years old
Biography:

I just like cycling :)

Approved
andrew slavin
Canada
50 years old
Approved
Andrew Wilson
United Kingdom
52 years old
Approved
Andrew Osborne
United Kingdom
45 years old
Approved
Anna van Kooij
Netherlands
40 years old
Biography:

I have been bicycle touring in Europe and the US the past few years. Ultra distance racing is new for me, enthusiastic about it though! I’ll be participating the RATN and the Round Denmark Bike Race. My goal for the RATN is to finish within the given time. You might be looking at your Lantern Rouge though.

Approved
Anton Teunissen
Netherlands
52 years old
Approved
Aram Drake
Australia
45 years old
Approved
Ashley Sharp
United Kingdom
42 years old
Biography:

Transcontinental 2015 was my first ultra distance race, did OK, was doing well in the Trans Am in 2018 before I was run over by a truck! Looking forward to getting back to the racing with some friends from the UK.

Approved
Aukje Kuipers
Netherlands
33 years old
Biography:

I started cycling when I was 12 years old, as training for speedskating. The first years I cycled with my skating club or my family. A few years later I joined a cycling club for 2 years and tried some road races. Soon I found out that this was not really something for me, as I didn't like the chaos of riding in a peloton. I continued with cycling with friends, especially with my best friend Wendy. Together we rode a lot of cyclo's in the Netherlands. In 2016 we had our biggest cycling adventure so far, cycling up the Mont Ventoux 3 times on 1 day with 'Klimmen tegen MS'.

After following the Transcontinal race in 2016 we both got interested in bikepacking. A lot of dotwachting followed and this year we made our first small bikepacking trips! I made a 4 day trip in the Netherlands and Belgium and together we cycled coast 2 coast in England. I also cycled my first BRM, 200km. Now we're ready for our first race! I'm really looking forward to this new challenge! It will be an awesome adventure!

Approved
Bart Verheijen
Netherlands
39 years old
Approved
Bas Scherpenisse
Netherlands
30 years old
Approved
Bas Vlaskamp
Netherlands
26 years old
Approved
Ben Klaasman
Netherlands
61 years old
Approved
Bregt Huizenga
Netherlands
36 years old
Approved
Caroline ITEM
France
114 years old
Approved
Christian Timmer
Germany
42 years old
Biography:

As everybody can see I am wearing a Rapha Brevet Jersey. With it I should be able to do something bigger than your typical afternoon ride. 😉
To be honest, I actually wanted to ride Paris Brest Paris in 2019. But long distances without aerobars I can not imagine anymore. So I am here and looking forward to the more varied route. I also have more references to the Netherlands than to France, as my grandfather comes from the Netherlands.

Approved
Dirk Martens
Belgium
55 years old
Biography:

Love to ride bicycles, did some traveling on the bike, and will try this time for an adventure on a bike packing race. It is something new and i am very curious

Approved
Donncha Cuttriss
Ireland
46 years old
Approved
Edgar Bos
Netherlands
66 years old
Biography:

My name is Ed Bos and was born in February 1952 (Amsterdam).  I think I am the senior of the riders, not fast anymore but eagerly to finish in a nice senior timelimit.
I live with my partner in Delft and started biking again somewhere in 2016/2017.
Biking is something out of my past, started racing at my 16th, quit racing later on and switched to bikepacking around Europe.
For lots of reasons I stopped biking the long rides, started karate,swimming, running and did some quarter and half triathlons
Somewhere in my end twenties I stopped this all, but …….. As said started a couple of years ago with my first love: Biking.
Looking forward now for participating the RATN!

Approved
Ella Wredenfors
United Kingdom
33 years old
Approved
Eric Kampherbeek
Netherlands
39 years old
Approved
Filippo Di Battista
Italy
28 years old
Approved
Gafyn meredith
United Kingdom
34 years old
Approved
Gerard te Hennepe
Netherlands
51 years old
Approved
Guus van Charante
Netherlands
59 years old
Approved
Holger Loosen
Germany
45 years old
Approved
Igor Talevski
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
40 years old
Biography:

Was following some events for a while, but once I did couple of them on my own (HardCro and NorthCape4000 - both in 2018), got hooked for life in this sightseeing trips that you call ultra distance cycling races. So, now I am getting ready for the flats and the winds in the Netherlands :)

Approved
Jack Peterson
United Kingdom
55 years old
Biography:

No speed to see here, just a heavily loaded dude who just loves the ultra endurance racing family. Will the red mist take over or shall I just enjoy seeing this country in daylight, we shall see. Will be riding to and from the event from England.

Approved
Jamie McLeod
United Kingdom
50 years old
Approved
Jamie Robison
United Kingdom
30 years old
Approved
Jan-Dick den Das
Netherlands
54 years old
Approved
jasmijn muller
Netherlands
39 years old
Approved
Joeri Paeleman
Belgium
40 years old
Approved
Kevin Robison
United Kingdom
57 years old
Approved
Kilian Wagner
Germany
21 years old
Approved
koen bronsveld
Netherlands
40 years old
Approved
Kris Willaert
Belgium
42 years old
Biography:

In a recent personality check at work I was : friendly and social, resourceful, positive,communicative...that was the good part of course but it should be sufficiant to get me trough this adventure 🙂 along with a good preparation and some nice weather if possible.
As a cyclist I started as a mountain biker. This resulted in marathon mountain biking which made me participate a lot of events througout Europe like the Transalp for example. The best one was the TransBelgium mtb in 2012 were I discovered the world of bikepacking/ultra riding and also the adventure feel of being out on the road all day. So now I'm back hoping to get that feeling again!

Approved
Lee Paton
United Kingdom
28 years old
Approved
Leo Forster
Netherlands
74 years old
Approved
Luc Van Ginneken
Belgium
56 years old
Approved
Luke Windsor
United Kingdom
50 years old
Biography:

I've been riding bikes for over 40 years, but never raced until last year, when I entered and finished the inaugural Race Around the Netherlands. I've ridden two Super Randonneur series, and I first got the distance bug (after being a fixed gear cycle commuter in London) whilst living in Sheffield, although I did a fair bit of cycle camping before that. I once worked and lived in Nijmegen, right on the race route...

I live Hebden Bridge right now, although I spend a lot of time in Leeds and Manchester.

Approved
Marc Alinski
Germany
39 years old
Approved
Maren Barkowsky
Germany
35 years old
Biography:

Riding since 2017 // Dready on bike // For Cake and Glory // looking forward to a great adventure with Marc who is one of my best bike buddies // looking forward to our ride around the Netherlands and meeting like-minded people

Approved
Marije Dirkx
Netherlands
36 years old
Biography:

Ramping up to an Arch to Arc triathlon (London to Paris) in 2020.

Approved
Mark Humme
Germany
38 years old
Approved
Mart Voordenhout
Netherlands
69 years old
Approved
Matteo Minola-Violino
United Kingdom
27 years old
Approved
Matthew Linden
United States
48 years old
Approved
Mieke Sweekhorst
Netherlands
49 years old
Approved
Nathan Streunding
Netherlands
32 years old
Approved
Niko Wojtynia
Germany
26 years old
Approved
Onno Zuidema
Netherlands
42 years old
Approved
Pablo Wünsch Blanco
Switzerland
48 years old
Approved
Patrick Bruns
Netherlands
47 years old
Approved
Paul Mellon
United Kingdom
47 years old
Approved
Phil O'Hara
Canada
65 years old
Approved
Ralph Cullen
Netherlands
50 years old
Approved
René Rutten
Netherlands
61 years old
Approved
Rob Webb
United Kingdom
55 years old
Approved
Rob Meeuwessen
Netherlands
29 years old
Approved
Romain Delory
France
29 years old
Approved
Ruben Casier
Belgium
43 years old
Approved
Sammut Sammut
Malta
21 years old
Approved
Sebastian Bönner
Germany
39 years old
Biography:

As an experienced ultrarunner and long distance hiker I'm more of a pedestrian than a cyclist. Most of my life my bikes were used to take me to the next icecream shop, not for serious riding.
In 2018 I decided to try something new. With only a few shorter rides under my belt I went all the way from Bonn/ Germany across the Alps down to Nice/ France in completely selfsupported bikepacker style. With a riding time of 54 hours I thought "Well, that was fun! What's next?".
The RaTN will be my first official bike race. Due to my background as an adventurer I'm not much of a racer. But that doesn't mean I'm not used to kick myself to go long and fast.

Approved
shawn duffy
United Kingdom
48 years old
Biography:

I have been competing in Adventure racing for a number of years. This year i decided to try a different discipline; "endurance cycling" and so this is my first year and my main 1st event.
Bought a new gravel bike in order to train and attend events

Approved
Simon Tang
Hong Kong
54 years old
Approved
Stefan Anastasiei
Romania
34 years old
Biography:

Fell in love with bikes at 7 y.o. when I received my first one. After I moved to Denmark I started to cycle longer distances. Did some bike touring in Norway, Sweden and Germany no longer than 1000 km though.
It's a nice feeling of freedom when you wake up in the morning and you have a blank page in front of you.

Approved
Stéphane Billard
France
55 years old
Approved
Stephen Haines
United Kingdom
44 years old
Approved
Terry de Jong
Netherlands
30 years old
Biography:

Bought my first road bike in 2014. Went for a bike tour in 2017 in Australia, Thailand and Europe on the Salsa Fargo.

I did the French Divide in 2018 and finished 18th. Also on the Salsa Fargo.

My endurance bike is the Canyon Endurace I'll be using during the RatN 2019. The compass 35mm tires will provide some nice comfort. See you'll say the start.

Approved
Thom Rutten
Netherlands
43 years old
Approved
Tom Williams
United Kingdom
36 years old
Approved
Toon Timmers
Belgium
34 years old
Approved
Wendy van Lubek
Netherlands
35 years old
Biography:

My name is Wendy, I am from The Netherlands. I got my first roadbike when I was 7 years old. I cycled a lot with my dad and my brother. The last 6 years after I learned to walk again and an ankle operation I became more active in cycling. I started to ride longer distances and made a lot of cycling friends. Together with Aukje I started to get more interest in bikepacking and endurance racing.

Last summer I rode my bike to the Mosel River, 700km in 6 days. This was my first step into bikepacking and I had heaps of fun. End of September I rode coast2coast with Aukje. 200km headwinds, hopefully that will be a bit better when we race in May. The Race Around The Netherlands will be my first race and a new big challenge for me. My biggest challenge so far was becoming Cinglé du Ventoux for Klimmen tegen MS.

The 2nd day of the race will be my Birthday :)

Approved
Willem Pals
Netherlands
56 years old
Approved
Wybren Buijs
Netherlands
35 years old
Approved
Yves Conen
Belgium
28 years old
Approved
yves smits
Belgium
48 years old

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RESULTS 2018

SOLO

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

 

PAIR

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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