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
3958 KA Amerongen
Start time and date:
Start: May 1st, 2019 at 0800 local time.
Finish: May 9th, 2019 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.
Changed due to construction!
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.
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!
Most important – it must be available to every rider!
Social media is not covering an information exchange with all our participants!
Therefore we want to provide a platform to share public or private external information to build a fair event environment.
Your business is on the route?
You want to share pictures you made from the riders?
You want to support all riders in any other way?
Please create an account and tell us and the riders who you are and what you are planning to provide!
Please Note that Adventure Bike Racing is not legally connected to any companies or persons listed here and just provides this as a framework of information exchange!
When and How much is the Registration?
Late Registration opens January 11th 2019 at 7pm and closes April 10th 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:
Majoorsweg 15, 3958 GW Amerongen, Netherlands
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.
65,-Euro refund until April, 15th 2019
After April 15th 2019 no refund!
Late Registration: no refund!
Please Note that the Route got 200kilometers longer due to construction on the dike!
Bart De Keyser
Berry van den Brink
Catriona Margaret Archer
Jan-Dick den Das
Sebastiaan Ploos van Amstel
Susanne van Aardenne
Ward Philip O’Hara
Wendy van Lubek
Filippo Di Battista
Darush Pourreza Dehkordi
Terry de Jong
SOCIAL MEDIA FEED
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