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 in 2024:

Sign up and bike check: April 26th from 1200 to 1700 local time.
Start:  April 27th at 0800 local time.
Official Finish: May 5th 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 2024

RatN will be back on April, 27th 2024. 

In 2023 we gonna organise the GX route version. More info on our website!
https://www.adventurebikeracing.com/ratngx/

When and How much is the Registration?

Registration opens September 01st, 2023 and closes March 15th, 2024

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

Fee for Late Registration (from January 1st 2023) is 235 Euro.

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

Optional: Fee for a one night stay in the hostel the night prior to the event is 35,- 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:
95,-Euro refund until December, 30th 2023

Use the EVENT SIGN UP in the top menu if you already have an Adventure Bike Racing Account!
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Bikepacking race setup, pack light travel far 🎥
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Full review of my bikepacking race setup for Race Around the Netherlands on my YouTube channel in link on my bio 🔝
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Trying my hand at some crit racing in 🇺🇸

From one extreme to the other. Three weeks after finishing a 1980km ultra race #ratn2022 I'm now riding my first ever crit race. Quite a change of pace I must say 😅

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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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This evening over on YouTube from 6.30pm (BST) episode three of my #racearoundthenetherlands #bikepacking adventure! adventurebikeracing #ratn2022 #ratn #ultracycling #bikeracing #netherlands ...

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We received the full officials albums of the #RATN2022. I really like this one. Tuesday was my first day of work and I felt on gravel after 2h of work ... I'm now stuck in the office for the next two weeks and I have 4 stitches in my left knee ... Hopefuly it will heal well for the #Horizontaal. ...

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Still blissfully unaware of what was coming my way. Flashback to the 30th of April. Start of #theracearoundthenetherlands. adventurebikeracing #cycling63 #bikepackinglife #ultraendurancecycling #cannondaletopstone #oldmanonabike #cyclinglife #salessupportcases #deproloog #ratn2022 ...

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Type 2 fun, my kind of fun!

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Second episode of my #racearoundthenetherlands is now live on YouTube! #ratn2022 #ratn adventurebikeracing ...

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I often get asked how long have I been cycling for.. the answer is a little more than 7 years. Yes, thats a #chihuahua on my back. I'd been riding a little bit by this point to and from work and really shedding a lot of weight as you do when you start commuting by bicycle; although at the time I did not know I would lose so much weight simply by riding a bicycle.

I took the #chihuahua for a few rides now and again in the backpack, but soon got bored with 'walking the dog' when I finally got my first road bike - a Carerra Vanquish from good old halfords_uk

On the right... my most update photo from #ratn2022 thats the Race Around the Netherlands, an almost 2000km 'race' forward slash 'adventure' around the cycling capital of the world.

Life begins at 40 they say, well for me, it began at 38; I quit smoking after some 16 years, I turned my life around, I got my health back, I found a new hobby, something I really enjoy, a hobby that can challenge you if you so wish, a hobby that is only limited by your imagination. A hobby which eventually became my passion, a hobby I know live and breathe.

My one regret... I wish I found #cycling much sooner!

Here's to the next 7 years! 🍺
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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!

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At the very end of the Race Around the Netherlands #ratn2022 #ratn proloog.cc #netherlands

Thanks to erikvenneman for thephoto.
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Taken almost as long as the race itself... but here we have it, my vlog of the #racearoundthenetherlands Landing on my channel over the course of May.
I tried with the thumbnails to capture the diverse landscape of the #netherlands Such a beautiful country and to see so much of it in a space of a week is awesome!

Now it's time to plan the next big adventure!

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Race Around The Netherlands 🇳🇱 My first ultra cycling bikepacking event 1950 km #ratn2022 Full movie on YouTube Sunday 15 of May.
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#RATN2022 D+5 : this morning I woke up at 7h so I thought I was back on my regular time schedule of 8h a night. But I fel asleep 15 min later and woke up at 11h 🤪 I guess my body still need some rest. I'll be back at work tomorrow, we'll see how it goes.

Thank to quixoticgeek for this picture of my arrival. The smile says it all 😁

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Small things that make your day better , an ultracycling classic during tough days 🚲
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The best ice cream in the Netherlands can be found in Kessel and Grubbenvorst (ijssalon.clevers). In 2018 and 2019, these villages were on the route of the RatN. This year we cycled on the other side of the river Maas. So this morning I got on my bike to visit Kessel after all. 90 kilometers for an ice cream, but it was worth it!

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With Ryan Davis.

(picture: Adventure Bike Racing)

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Back at de Proloog after 8 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes.

(picture: Adventure Bike Racing)

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Met michaela.stuart en Linda Kleeven, 25 kilometer vóór de finish!

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It was an amazing experience to be part of Race Around NL 2022. I could complete half of it but I had amazing moments like in the videos. Hope you like the mix. Don’t forget to turn on the sound. // Yarış sırasında çektiğim videolardan bir reels paylaşıyorum. Umarım beğenirsiniz. #ultraendurancecycling #ratn2022 #racearoundthenetherlands ...

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This is why you hadn't had any news yesterday 😎

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Gistermiddag in de buurt van Geleen: onverwacht 'bezoek' van een oom!

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And... action!

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Dorst!

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Race Around The Netherlands. Place 14 1960km Total time: 4days 16hrs.
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Getting some rest for a sprint finish in the sunshine tomorrow, 100 miles done today, my tag is "full value rider" after all :p

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Short coffee break in Valkenburg.

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RatN in the dark, quiet and magic.
Still 80km till te finish so...
Another night in the tent and finish at coffeetime.

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RaTN 2022 - Finished
1989 km in 5d12h26 (25th place)

SUMMARY
Saturday April 30th I took off for my Race around The Netherlands. The inital plan was to finish in 5-6 days, but the main goal was to enjoy, touch my limits, stretch them and see how close this brings me to the finish line. All together I was amazed by my overall fitness and my mental game and succeeded to finish quite fast. However, saddle pain, numbness in toes and fingers, stiff knees and stiff achilles heels never made this easy. I learned a lot about feeding, hydrating and dosing my energy throughout the day, making my riding times also more efficient from day to day. I really enjoyed most of the riding as well. Our country is really beautiful and the bike is the best way to discover it as the infrastructure is amazing for cyclists (except for Rotterdam). I didn't define my next goal yet, but after this adventure I'm quite sure there will be more coming up!

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Past the 1000 miles marker today! Enjoyed the first few climbs this evening, have now stopped in valkenburg for the night to give the neck a rest. The question is: to empty the tank tomorrow to finish in the best time, or to revert to touring pace and finish Sunday afternoon?

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Tijd voor een ijsje!

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#Ratn2022 Day 6 - When it’s all done.

I covered 1.982,47km in 5d 12h 59m to finish in 27th place (122 riders). Time to rest :-).

Day 1 - 340km
Day 2 - 334km
Day 3 - 310km
Day 4 - 357km
Day 5 - 312km
Day 6 - 325km
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"If you take care of your bike, your bike will take care of you!"

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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, Brennan, 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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