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
3958 KA Amerongen
Start time and date:
Sign up and bike check: April 29th from 1200 to 1700 local time.
Pasta: April 29th at 1800 local time.
Start: April 30th at 0800 local time.
Official Finish: May 8th 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.
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.
Note that from 2022 the RATN will be held once every 2 years!
When and How much is the Registration?
Registration opens September 01st, 2021 and closes March 15th, 2022
Fee for Early Registration (until December 31st) is 195Euro.
Fee for Late Registration (from January 1st 2022) is 225 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 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.
85,-Euro refund until December, 30th 2021