Cycling, music, and books all have one thing in common – a prologue. At the foot of the Amerongse Berg in the Netherlands, these worlds come together to make a prologue that you experience in real life.
Welcome to De Proloog (The Prologue) cycling café, situated in the village of Amerongen on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The dreaded and much climbed ‘mountain’ makes the village popular with cyclists. It’s also much loved for its surrounding forests, open landscapes, hills and rivers. We should mention the endless rural gravel roads, unpaved lanes, excellent paths, fast double tracks, and winding single tracks too.
GRAVEL ROUTES FROM THE PROLOGUE
De Proloog sits in the middle of all that gravel excitement. Gijs Bruinsma, a guest and friend of De Proloog and, above all, gravel king and route master, created a Collection of six colourful gravel routes which start and finish at De Proloog. The gravel routes head off in all directions and offer you the best of the Heuvelrug and its surroundings. Take the unpaved climb of the Amerongse Berg, the Let de Stigterpad path winding through the woods, the backroads of the Gelderse Valley or one of the many other unpaved highlights. Please note that an MTB vignette is required for some routes which you can get from us. See the description of the Tours for more information.
NOT JUST ANY PUB
Before and after your ride, you can come to De Proloog for coffee, snacks or a local beer. Whether you’re covered in dust, muddy or not; just step inside and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and local delicacies. Our team, which consists of a combination of experienced staff and people that are distanced from the labour market, is always ready to serve you. Every week, we bake our cakes and pies from local produce. Be sure to try our nut caramel cake; you will come back for it!
For the cyclist, we have some extra services on offer; you and your bike can have a wash, use our tools and repair stand, we have inner tubes and outer tyres in stock and, of course, we have cycling beers on the menu. Moreover, you can park for free in the immediate vicinity of our cycling café.
Enjoy this Collection of gravel routes from De Proloog and we hope to see you soon!
You are always right with this route. In 43 kilometers, this gravel ride takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. You make an eight to the west of De Proloog with, among other things, the famous Let de Stigterpad, a number of beautiful gravel roads through woods and meadows and the challenging unpaved climb of the Maarnse Berg.On the southern part of the route you cycle through country estates and asphalt roads and creaky gravel roads alternate. Count on wide sandy tracks and narrow shell paths in the woods.
This route resembles the Achtje van de Heuvelrug, because this ride also shows you the most beautiful parts of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug west of De Proloog. Cycle on the famous Let de Stigterpad, through the Den Treek estate and on a number of beautiful gravel roads through forests and meadows.In the southern part of the route you cycle through meadows and estates and asphalt and gravel roads alternate. Then get ready for the two unpaved climbs of the Ruiterberg and the Maarnse Bergweg respectively. In the woods and the Den Treek estate you cycle on wide dirt roads and narrow shell paths. The last part of the route meanders over the Let de Stigterpad back to bicycle café De Proloog.
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The first and last part of this gravel route goes through the dense forests and hills of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The other part travels through the Gelderse Valley on narrow unpaved cycle paths, along the old Grebbe line and on wide gravel roads past farms and authentic villages. The route has a relatively large amount of asphalt, but changes surfaces often enough so that you are happy that you are on your gravel bike.Please note: in the last part of the route you cycle on a wide piece of MTB track for which a vignette is required. This is the unpaved climb of the Amerongse Berg. If you don't have a vignette, take the paved climb over the Amerongse Berg that runs parallel to this road.
This route crosses the Gelderse Vallei and even touches the Veluwe. From De Proloog you quickly exchange the forest paths of the Heuvelrug for the flat country roads of the Gelderse Vallei. Skim the narrow dirt bike paths across the Grebbe Line and hear the crackling sound as your tires bounce along the wide gravel roads past farms and small villages.
Around Lunteren you reach the Veluwe and the wide dirt roads follow each other in quick succession. The route has a relatively large amount of asphalt, but changes surfaces regularly, so you really have the feeling that you are driving on gravel.Please note: in the last part of the route you cycle on a wide piece of MTB track for which a vignette is required. This is the unpaved climb of the Amerongse Berg. If you don't have a vignette, take the paved climb over the Amerongse Berg that runs parallel to this road.
This route has it all; single tracks, paved backroads and endless gravel roads. The route travels on single trails through the eastern part of the Heuvelrug and takes on a few beautiful rural gravel roads in the Gelderse Vallei. On a quiet road you cycle along the floodplains of the Nederrijn towards Rhenen.Once at Achterberg you string the gravel strips together and you drive via the Cuneraweg into the Heuvelrug over the Cuneraweg. We save the dessert for last; enjoy the most beautiful strips at Veenendaal and climb the unpaved version of the Amerongse Berg, which is part of the mountain bike route.Please note: a MTB vignette is required for this route, as parts of the route run on the mountain bike track. They are short connectors that are generally doable with a gravel bike. Do you find it too exciting? Then adjust your speed or follow the roads parallel to the tracks. Vignettes are for sale at De Proloog.
This is the longest and most varied route of the gravel tours from De Proloog. In eighty kilometers clean on the hook, you can count on a mix of single tracks, asphalted 'backroads' and long gravel roads and trails. This route takes the eastern part of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and takes you to the southern part of the Veluwe, crossing the Gelderse Vallei on wide rural gravel roads.In the direction of Rhenen you take quite a few mountain bike tracks, after which you follow a car-free road along the floodplains of the Nederrijn. At Renkum you dive into the woods and follow a number of beautiful double tracks through the forest towards Bennekom. Around Achterberg you take a large number of gravel strips and follow the northern border of the Heuvelrug over the Cuneraweg. Admittedly paved, but because of this you take one of the most beautiful strips at Veenendaal and climb the Amerongse Berg via an unpaved path that is part of the mountain bike route.Please note: a MTB vignette is required for this route, as parts of the route run on the mountain bike track. They are short connectors that are generally doable with a gravel bike. Do you find it too exciting? Then adjust your speed or follow the roads parallel to the tracks. Vignettes are for sale at De Proloog.