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:

Update: Event got postponed. New date:

Sign up: August 28th from 1200 to 1800 local time.
Pasta: August 28th at 1800 local time.
Start: Solo female and pair riders: August 29th at 0800 local time.
Solo male riders: August 29th at 1000 local time.
Official Finish: September 6th 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.

- Halfway point -
Madmen bicycles and coffee 

We plan to open 24 hours for any RATN racer from may 2nd 8am till may 5th 20.00. We are located around km 860 (52.3624072, 4.9808662). We suppose riders can do 200-800km per day. And we make sure we track the race online. We have bikesupplies for all at discounted prices, a 50% discount on our deals for proven racers and charging points, toilet, wifi for free. You can recharge at any time during these days. Just knock on the door and we let you in!

 

PHOTOS along the Route

some impressions

REGISTRATION 2020

PASTA AND HOSTEL OPTIONS SOLD OUT!

 When and How much is the Registration?

Registration opens June 01st, 2019 and closes July 20th, 2020

Fee for Early Registration is 170Euro.

Fee for Late Registration from January 1st 2020 is 190 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 (sold out)

Optional: Fee for a one night stay in the hostel the night prior to the event is 35,- extra (sold out)

First come – first served!

 

What you get for the fee:

The Route in form of a gpx file

Tracking device for the duration of the event

Official race cap

Pasta Dinner the evening before the start! (sold out)

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

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

Publishing individual times on our website.

 

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

Use the EVENT SIGN UP in the top menu if you already have an Adventure Bike Racing Account!
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RIDERS 2020

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SOCIAL MEDIA FEED

Couldn’t resist. One day before the registration closed. After years of adventure bike trips and dot-watching i registered for my first ultra-endurance race.
Starting 1th May I hope to finish the 1900km of the #RATN2020 in 9 days.
Scared and excited at the same time.

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Search the bicycle in the hay stack.
17-May-2016
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#RATN is postponed from 1th May to 29th August this year. Let's hope the dark days are over by then. At least it is a nice training target to get me trough the Corona crises.
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Pamplona 4 years ago. Every evening after the dinner my and other pelgrim bikes where stored behind the counter of the dining room. Every morning before breakfast, the hotel morning crew moved them to the hotel main corridor, ready for the guests to take them with them. A daily ritual performed by the Hotel crew to maximal utilize the little space available in the city hotel. Such a flexibility and kindness towards their guests.
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My Kepler got some new shoes! Hoping to ride the race around the Netherlands #ratn #ratn2020 if Corona lets us.
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Today route did go trough the Dutch National Parc "Zuid-Kennemerland". Very often the most beautiful area's are just around the corner but are often therefor overlooked.
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And the trip trough memorylane continues. This time the story of the chickens in the Cathedral of of Santa Domingo de la Calzada which I visited 4 years ago on my way to Santiago de Compostela. It is a great story, read it here : https://caminotimestwo.com/2017/03/17/the-chickens-of-santo-domingo-de-la-calzada/amp/
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I definitly need a haircut. Last year I got one in Siena during the Via Francigena bikepacking trip. Not to sure if I can get one during my upcoming 3-day trip trough the South of the Netherlands 🧔🚲.
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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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4 years ago in Pamplona. But it could have been anytime. Proud and independent people.
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And another township bites the dust. Today I went for Loppersum. 21 townships still to go. For today: Mission accomplished.
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3 great days and 728km of long distance cycling through The Netherlands are done. The #longtermnlchallenge has almost been completed. Only 4 islands in the North remaining. .
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33 2

Throwback Thursday!
Today 4 years ago I embarked on my journey to Santiago de Compostela.
In retrospect it is no exagerration to say that it was a life changing experience.
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#RATN training in progress. Watch out for the Bull! 🙂🐃🐃
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Great weather and ride last weekend. Slowly working towards the #RATN bicycle setup which is currently planned for 29th August. Improving the aero bar cockpit and making other small adjustments. All rides are ofcourse powered by Chocomel 🙂. Next week, 21-23 August, I will do another test trip. Route and tracking page can be found via link in profile.
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Hoe tof! #ratn2020 #racearoundthenetherlands #adventurebikeracing ...

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Amazing for someone who's singing doesn't exceed shower level.😂
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1th May 2016. Day 9, etappe from Epone to Chartres. It was 'wintersport fresh' but sunny for the first time. Along the route I noticed this picturesque house with the Amstel beer sign. Couldn't resist to take a photo. Chartres treated me with an amazing outdoor lasershow that evening. Good day.
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Today 4 years ago I crossed the Pyrenees from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port France to Pamplona Spain. Up in the Pyrenees there is the Monestary Roncesvalles which is hosting pelgrims since ages. After making it to the top and the Monestary I was offered caffee-con-leche by the host. After weeks of horrible French coffee it felt like I truly had arrived in Heaven 🙏🙏☕☕
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After 2 weeks on Zwift I was really looking forward to todays outdoor ride. And it didn't disappoint me. A day filled with clouds, sea, boats, wind, and great scenery aka Dutch weather. Even some rain and an nearly flat couldn't ruin my party. This is what makes me feel alive .
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#outsideisfree
So glad it is still allowed to cycle #solo outside in The Netherlands. .
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Trip trough memorylane. On my way to Santiago de Compostela 29 April 2016. Day trip from Saint-Quentin to Compiegne.
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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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Old men, old boat, old bike 🙂
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The chances that the #RATN2020 will start this year are slim. Still I keep preparing myself to keep me busy and motivated. Bike is ready for her test ride. New aero bars with risers and whole new drivetrain. Also new tyres, brake pads and cables. Going for a spin this afternoon while we are still not in full lockdown.

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Even cycling in isolation there is still so much to enjoy.
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RESULTS 2019

SOLO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* +24H time adjustment for taken the afslusdike route

PAIR

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


* +24H time adjustment for taken the afslusdike route

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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